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Selected Style 4-Door Manual 2.5X
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Transmission

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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 I4 (Natl)
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door I4 22 28 $21,178 $22,650
FWD 4-Door I4 Sport 22 28 $22,768 $24,350
FWD 4-Door I4 Limited 22 28 $23,684 $25,330
FWD 4-Door V6 19 27 $23,081 $24,685
FWD 4-Door V6 Sport 19 27 $24,573 $26,280
FWD 4-Door V6 Limited 19 27 $25,479 $27,250
4WD 4-Door I4 21 27 $22,487 $24,050
4WD 4-Door I4 Sport 21 27 $24,077 $25,750
4WD 4-Door I4 Limited 21 27 $24,982 $26,720
4WD 4-Door V6 19 26 $24,390 $26,085
4WD 4-Door V6 Sport 19 26 $25,882 $27,680
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 19 26 $26,788 $28,650
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,489
$21,178
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,595
$22,650
Monthly Payment Estimate
$343 / month
$378 / 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 Toyota RAV4 remains a strong, refined choice for families, even though some of its design might be a blast from the past.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 22 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 21 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Sport Utility Vehicle - AWD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
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 Volume (ft³) 107.6 108.2
Second Head Room (in) 40.4 39.7
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.6 55.3
Front Leg Room (in) 43.1 41.8
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 52.9 53.8
Third Head Room (in) - NA
Third Shoulder Room (in) - NA
Third Leg Room (in) - NA
Third Hip Room (in) - NA
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.1 71.5
Track Width, Front (in) 60.2 61.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.9 7.5
Length, Overall (in) 179.5 181.9
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 65.9 66.3
Liftover Height (in) 27.4 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.2 61.4
Wheelbase (in) 103.0 104.7
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
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) 33.5 73.0
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 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) 37.5 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 68.3 36.4
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.7 x - TBD - 10.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.9 15.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.5 14.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.4 34.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.2 2.7
Tires
Rear Tire Size P215/65HR16 P215/70R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
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
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2400 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 240 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 360 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2400 1500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3250 3360
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Compact Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 16 x 6.5
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 - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 90 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 174 @ 4100 172 @ 4000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.5L/152 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 170 @ 5800 179 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas Flat 4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 23 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 27 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 22
Transmission
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.45 3.94
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.45 1.41
Trans Type 5 4
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
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.11 2.92
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.09 1.02
Trans Description Cont. Manual Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low - NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Subaru Forester Toyota RAV4
Body Style Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.87
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 1.00
Suspension Type - Rear Double Wishbone Double-wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA Coil spring
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.1 7.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 5
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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