Compare 2012 Subaru Forester vs 2012 Jeep Patriot

2012 Subaru Forester
2012 Jeep Patriot
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4-Door Manual 2.5X
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 2.5XT Premium 19 24 $25,407 $27,095
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 Touring 19 24 $27,992 $29,895
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FWD 4-Door Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Sport 23 29 $15,805 $15,995
4WD 4-Door Sport 22 28 $17,450 $17,745
FWD 4-Door Latitude 23 29 $19,132 $19,745
4WD 4-Door Latitude 22 28 $21,956 $22,780
FWD 4-Door Limited 23 29 $22,681 $23,560
4WD 4-Door Limited 22 28 $24,327 $25,330
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,489
$15,805
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,595
$15,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$343 / month
$267 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.4
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 Jeep Patriot is a compelling choice for its versatile interior, maneuverability, and strong list of features—with just a bit of weekend-warrior ruggedness—but it's woefully short on refinement or sophistication.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle - AWD 2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
52.9 52.3
Second Leg Room (in)
38.0 39.4
Front Head Room (in)
41.6 41.0
Second Hip Room (in)
52.7 51.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.1 54.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
107.6 104.4
Second Head Room (in)
40.4 39.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 54.0
Front Leg Room (in)
43.1 40.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.2 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
103.0 103.7
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - 27.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.1 69.2
Track Width, Front (in)
60.2 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.9 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
179.5 173.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - 45.1
Height, Overall (in)
65.9 65.5
Liftover Height (in)
27.4 30.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
37.5 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
68.3 23.0
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - 45.1
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
33.9 27.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
61.8 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
33.5 54.2
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 38.0
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 9.0 x 1.4
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x - TBD - 11.5 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 13.6
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.2 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.5 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.4 35.6
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA TBC
Rear Tire Size
P215/65HR16 P205/70R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA TLB
Front Tire Size
P215/65HR16 P205/70R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA TLB
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2400 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2400 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
240 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
360 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3250 3111
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Compact Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 525
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 120
Engine
Engine Type
Gas Flat 4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
174 @ 4100 141 @ 5000
Engine Order Code
NA ECN
Displacement
2.5L/152 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 5800 158 @ 6400
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 23
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.06 2.16
Trans Order Code
NA DD7
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.11 4.12
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.09 1.02
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.45 3.77
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.41
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 0.72
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.33 3.41
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- NA
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Subaru Forester Jeep Patriot
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.1 7.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 6
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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