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Selected Style 4-Door Manual 2.5X
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual 2.5X 21 27 $19,489 $20,595
4-Door Manual PZEV 2.5X 21 27 $19,798 $20,895
4-Door Automatic 2.5X 21 27 $20,580 $21,795
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X 21 27 $20,888 $22,095
4-Door Manual 2.5X Premium 21 27 $21,960 $23,295
4-Door Manual PZEV 2.5X Premium 21 27 $22,269 $23,595
4-Door Automatic 2.5X Premium 21 27 $22,869 $24,295
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X Premium 21 27 $23,178 $24,595
4-Door Automatic 2.5X Limited 21 27 $24,905 $26,595
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X Limited 21 27 $25,214 $26,895
4-Door Automatic 2.5X Touring 21 27 $26,094 $27,895
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X Touring 21 27 $26,403 $28,195
4-Door Automatic 2.5XT Premium 19 24 $25,407 $27,095
4-Door Automatic 2.5XT Touring 19 24 $27,992 $29,895
2WD 5-Door LX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 5-Door LX 23 31 $21,132 $22,495
2WD 5-Door EX 23 31 $23,098 $24,595
2WD 5-Door EX-L 23 31 $25,579 $27,245
4WD 5-Door EX-L 22 30 $26,749 $28,495
2WD 5-Door w/Navi EX-L 23 31 $26,983 $28,745
4WD 5-Door LX 22 30 $22,302 $23,745
4WD 5-Door EX 22 30 $24,268 $25,845
4WD 5-Door w/Navi EX-L 22 30 $28,153 $29,995
2WD 5-Door w/RES EX-L 23 31 $26,234 $27,945
4WD 5-Door w/RES EX-L 22 30 $27,404 $29,195
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,489
$21,132
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,595
$22,495
Monthly Payment Estimate
$343 / month
$375 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Subaru Forester is tough, all-weather-capable, and one of the best-handling compact crossovers--plus, a blast to drive in XT turbo form--but an old-tech automatic transmission and econo-caliber interior remain letdowns. The 2012 Honda CR-V is a great family vehicle, with a thoughtfully designed and comfortable interior, and improved refinement, but it lacks the confident, sprightly feel present in past CR-Vs.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 27 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Sport Utility Vehicle - AWD 2WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 40.4 38.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.6 56.4
Front Leg Room (in) 43.1 41.3
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 52.9 54.5
Second Leg Room (in) 38.0 38.3
Front Head Room (in) 41.6 39.9
Second Hip Room (in) 52.7 53.1
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.1 58.6
Passenger Volume (ft³) 107.6 104.1
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.9 6.8
Length, Overall (in) 179.5 178.3
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 65.9 65.1
Liftover Height (in) 27.4 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.2 61.5
Wheelbase (in) 103.0 103.1
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.1 71.6
Track Width, Front (in) 60.2 61.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 33.5 70.9
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 39.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) 37.5 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 68.3 37.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - 54.0
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 33.9 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) 61.8 51.0
Brakes
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 -
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.9 15.3
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.5 16.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.4 37.0
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.2 3.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P215/65HR16 P215/70SR16
Spare Tire Size Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P215/65HR16 P215/70SR16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 240 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 360 225
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 3305
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Compact - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 7.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 410
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 90 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement 2.5L/152 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 170 @ 5800 185 @ 7000
Engine Type Gas Flat 4 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 174 @ 4100 163 @ 4400
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 23 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 27 31
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.45 1.03
Trans Type 5 5
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.78 0.53
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.33 2.00
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.06 1.51
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.11 4.44
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.09 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Manual Automatic
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.45 2.65
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High - 1.00
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low - - TBD -
Summary
Vehicle Name Subaru Forester Honda CR-V
Body Style Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.79
Suspension Type - Rear Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.1 7.1
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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