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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
FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (Natl)
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT 21 27 $19,888 $21,500
FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT Sport 21 27 $21,342 $23,075
FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT Ltd 21 27 $21,972 $23,755
FWD 4-Door V6 5-Speed AT 19 27 $21,768 $23,535
FWD 4-Door V6 5-Speed AT Sport 19 27 $23,113 $24,990
FWD 4-Door V6 5-Speed AT Ltd 19 27 $23,743 $25,670
4WD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT 20 25 $20,839 $22,900
4WD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT Sport 20 25 $22,270 $24,475
4WD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT Ltd 20 25 $22,890 $25,155
4WD 4-Door V6 5-Speed AT 19 26 $22,689 $24,935
4WD 4-Door V6 5-Speed AT Sport 19 26 $24,012 $26,390
4WD 4-Door V6 5-Speed AT Ltd 19 26 $24,632 $27,070
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,938
$19,888
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,995
$21,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$333 / month
$358 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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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 Toyota RAV4 brings a little more space than most compact SUVs without a mid-size price.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 20 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 27 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 4WD Sport Utility 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 40.4 39.7
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.6 55.3
Front Leg Room (in) 43.1 41.8
Front Hip Room (in) 52.9 53.8
Passenger Volume (ft³) 107.6 108.2
Second Leg Room (in) 38.0 38.3
Front Head Room (in) 41.6 40.8
Second Hip Room (in) 52.7 52.4
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.1 57.1
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Third Leg Room (in) - NA
Third Hip Room (in) - NA
Third Head Room (in) - NA
Third Shoulder Room (in) - NA
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in) 179.5 181.1
Rear Door Opening Width (in) 38.4 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 65.9 66.3
Liftover Height (in) 27.4 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.2 61.4
Wheelbase (in) 103 104.7
Rear Door Opening Height (in) 32.8 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.1 71.5
Track Width, Front (in) 60.2 61.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.7 7.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 33.5 36.4
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 73.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA NA
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.3 x - TBD - 11.2 x - TBD -
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 - 11.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.9 15.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.4 34.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.0 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 37.4 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall Variable 14.4
Tires
Front Tire Size P215/65HR16 P215/70R16
Spare Tire Size Compact P215/70R16
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P215/65HR16 P215/70R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2400 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2400 1500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3250 3300
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA 16 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.3 7.2
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 90 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 356 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas Flat 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System SMPI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 170 @ 4400 165 @ 4000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.5L/150 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 170 @ 6000 166 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 27 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 20 21
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.11 2.92
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.09 1.02
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.45 3.94
Clutch Size (in) 8.86 NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.45 1.41
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 3.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.06 2.20
Trans Order Code NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low - - TBD -
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High - - TBD -
Summary
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name Subaru Forester (Natl) Toyota RAV4
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.83 0.95
Suspension Type - Rear Double wishbone Double-wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA coil spring
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 32 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson-type MacPherson strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.67 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 32 - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 -
 
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