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2012 Subaru Forester

2012 Jeep Patriot

  2012 Subaru Forester 2011 Jeep Patriot FWD 4-door Latitude Angular Front Exterior View
Invoice $19,489 $15,805
19/27 22/29
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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. Read Full Review 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. Read Full Review
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  • Utilitarian exterior
  • Excellent handling
  • All-weather surefootedness
  • Strong acceleration (XT)


  • Widely spaced gears (4-sp auto)
  • Chintzy cabin materials
  • Small, flat front seats
  • No Bluetooth on base model


  • Boxy but unpretentious exterior
  • Very maneuverable and easy to park
  • Good driving position, visibility
  • Strong set of features and options
  • Low price


  • Sluggish powertrain (CVT)
  • Engine noise
  • Cheap-feeling interior
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