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Selected Style 4-Door Manual X
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual X 20 27 $18,938 $19,995
4-Door Manual PZEV X 20 27 $19,149 $20,195
4-Door Automatic X 20 26 $20,028 $21,195
4-Door Automatic PZEV X 20 26 $20,239 $21,395
4-Door Manual X w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $21,196 $22,495
4-Door Manual PZEV X w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $21,407 $22,695
4-Door Automatic X w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $22,104 $23,495
4-Door AutomaticPZEV X w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $22,315 $23,695
4-Door Manual X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 27 $21,563 $22,895
4-Door Manual PZEV X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 27 $21,774 $23,095
4-Door Automatic X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 26 $22,471 $23,895
4-Door Automatic PZEV X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 26 $22,682 $24,095
4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean Ed 20 26 $24,330 $25,995
4-Door Automatic PZEV X L.L. Bean Ed 20 26 $24,541 $26,195
4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean w/Nav 20 26 $25,977 $27,795
4-Door Automatic PZEV X L.L. Bean w/Nav 20 26 $26,188 $27,995
4-Door Automatic XT 19 24 $24,582 $26,195
4-Door Automatic XT Ltd 19 24 $26,409 $28,195
4-Door Automatic XT Ltd w/Nav 19 24 $28,059 $29,995
4-Door Automatic X Limited 20 26 $24,355 $25,995
4-Door Automatic PZEV X Limited 20 26 $24,566 $26,195
4-Door Automatic X Limited w/Nav 20 26 $26,002 $27,795
4-Door Automatic PZEV X Limited w/Nav 20 26 $26,213 $27,995
2WD 5-Door LX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 5-Door LX 20 27 $19,272 $20,700
2WD 5-Door EX 20 27 $21,358 $22,950
2WD 5-Door EX-L 20 27 $23,723 $25,500
2WD 5-Door w/Navi EX-L 20 27 $25,300 $27,200
4WD 5-Door LX 20 26 $20,385 $21,900
4WD 5-Door EX 20 26 $22,471 $24,150
4WD 5-Door EX-L 20 26 $24,836 $26,700
4WD 5-Door w/Navi EX-L 20 26 $26,413 $28,400
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,938
$19,272
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,995
$20,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$333 / month
$345 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line It’s significantly improved this year, but the 2009 Subaru Forester remains a unique all-wheel-drive crossover with less power and fewer features, but better carlike handling, than its competition. The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 20 mpg 20 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 27 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 4WD Sport Utility 2WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 52.9 55.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 107.6 103.8
Second Leg Room (in) 38.0 38.5
Front Head Room (in) 41.6 40.9
Second Hip Room (in) 52.7 54.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.1 56.9
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 40.4 38.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.6 56.0
Front Leg Room (in) 43.1 41.3
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) 27.4 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.2 61.6
Wheelbase (in) 103 103.1
Rear Door Opening Height (in) 32.8 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.1 71.6
Track Width, Front (in) 60.2 61.6
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.7 7.3
Length, Overall (in) 179.5 177.9
Rear Door Opening Width (in) 38.4 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 65.9 66.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) 37.5 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 33.5 35.7
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) 53.25 - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 33.9 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) 61.8 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 68.3 72.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 42.2 - TBD -
Brakes
Brake Type Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.7 x - TBD - 11.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.3 x - TBD - 12.0 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.9 15.3
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.0 2.96
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 37.4 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall Variable 15.74
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.4 37.8
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P215/65HR16 P225/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P215/65HR16 P225/65R17
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2400 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2400 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3250 3389
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.3 7.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 356 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 90 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 170 @ 4400 161 @ 4200
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.5L/150 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 170 @ 6000 166 @ 5800
Engine Type Gas Flat 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System SMPI MPFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 27 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 20 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 -
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.45 2.79
Clutch Size (in) 8.86 NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.45 1.08
Trans Type 5 5
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.78 0.57
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.33 2.00
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.06 1.61
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.11 4.50
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.09 0.77
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Automatic
Summary
Vehicle Name Subaru Forester (Natl) Honda CR-V
Body Style 4 Door 5 Door
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 32 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson-type MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.67 0.75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA Independent
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 32 - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.83 0.79
Suspension Type - Rear Double wishbone Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 -
 
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