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Selected Style 4-Door Manual 2.5X
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Trim

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
FWD 4-Door Sport
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Drivetrain

Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Sport 23 29 $15,805 $15,995
FWD 4-Door Latitude 23 29 $19,132 $19,745
FWD 4-Door Limited 23 29 $22,681 $23,560
4WD 4-Door Sport 22 28 $17,450 $17,745
4WD 4-Door Latitude 22 28 $21,956 $22,780
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
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 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
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 27 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Sport Utility Vehicle - AWD 2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Interior Dimensions
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
Front Hip Room (in) 52.9 52.3
Second Leg Room (in) 38.0 39.4
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
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
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
Brakes
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
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA 9.0 x 1.4
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.9 13.6
Steering
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
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.2 2.9
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA TLB
Front Tire Size P215/65HR16 P205/70R16
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA TLB
Spare Tire Order Code NA TBC
Rear Tire Size P215/65HR16 P205/70R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 240 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 360 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2400 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2400 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3250 3111
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front 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
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
Engine Type Gas Flat 4 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
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
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
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
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low - NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Subaru Forester Jeep Patriot
Body Style Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility
Suspension
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.1 7.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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