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4-Door Manual X
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 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/Premium Pkg 20 26 $22,104 $23,495
4-Door AutomaticPZEV X w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $22,315 $23,695
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 X Limited 20 26 $24,355 $25,995
4-Door Automatic PZEV X L.L. Bean Ed 20 26 $24,541 $26,195
4-Door Automatic PZEV X Limited 20 26 $24,566 $26,195
4-Door Automatic XT 19 24 $24,582 $26,195
4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean w/Nav 20 26 $25,977 $27,795
4-Door Automatic X Limited w/Nav 20 26 $26,002 $27,795
4-Door Automatic PZEV X L.L. Bean w/Nav 20 26 $26,188 $27,995
4-Door Automatic PZEV X Limited w/Nav 20 26 $26,213 $27,995
4-Door Automatic XT Ltd 19 24 $26,409 $28,195
4-Door Automatic XT Ltd w/Nav 19 24 $28,059 $29,995
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FWD 4-Door I4 XE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door I4 XE 19 26 $22,116 $23,280
FWD 4-Door I4 XR 19 26 $23,744 $25,395
AWD 4-Door V6 XE 16 23 $24,657 $25,955
FWD 4-Door V6 XR 17 24 $24,716 $26,435
AWD 4-Door V6 XR 16 23 $26,586 $28,435
FWD 4-Door V6 Red Line 17 24 $27,054 $28,935
AWD 4-Door V6 Red Line 16 23 $28,924 $30,935
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,938
$22,116
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,995
$23,280
Monthly Payment Estimate
$333 / month
$388 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.0
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. With its available V-6 engine, the 2009 Saturn Vue is a bit more fun to drive than other compact SUVs; otherwise it’s not a standout.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
38.0 36.9
Front Head Room (in)
41.6 40.2
Second Hip Room (in)
52.7 52.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.1 56.0
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
40.4 39.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 55.9
Front Leg Room (in)
43.1 40.7
Front Hip Room (in)
52.9 52.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
107.6 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
32.8 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.1 72.8
Track Width, Front (in)
60.2 61.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.7 7.8
Length, Overall (in)
179.5 180.1
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
38.4 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
65.9 67.0
Liftover Height (in)
27.4 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.2 61.8
Wheelbase (in)
103 106.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
33.5 29.2
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 56.4
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 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
37.5 - TBD -
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1.14
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 - 11.9 x .78
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 19
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 3.46
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
37.4 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
Variable 18.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.4 40.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/65HR16 P235/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA QKG
Front Tire Size
P215/65HR16 P235/65R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact T155/90D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA QKG
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2400 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2400 1500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3250 3664
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 16 x 4.0
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.3 9.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
356 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
2.5L/150 2.4L/145
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 6000 169 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas Flat 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI MFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
170 @ 4400 161 @ 5100
Engine Order Code
NA LE5
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 26
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
8.86 NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.00
Trans Type
5 4
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.33 2.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.06 1.63
Trans Order Code
NA MX0-4
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.11 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.09 0.68
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.45 2.96
Summary
Vehicle Name
Subaru Forester (Natl) Saturn VUE
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door SUV
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.67 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
32 - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.83 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Double wishbone 3-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
32 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson-type Independent Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 6

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