Compare 2009 Chevrolet Equinox vs 2009 Subaru Forester

2009 Chevrolet Equinox
2009 Subaru Forester
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AWD 4-Door LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Equinox AWD 4-Door LS 17 24 $24,862 $26,310
Equinox AWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 17 24 $25,732 $27,230
Equinox AWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 17 24 $25,732 $27,230
Equinox AWD 4-Door LTZ 17 24 $29,422 $31,135
Equinox AWD 4-Door Sport 16 24 $29,710 $31,440
Equinox FWD 4-Door LS 17 24 $22,977 $24,315
Equinox FWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 17 24 $23,847 $25,235
Equinox FWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 17 24 $23,847 $25,235
Equinox FWD 4-Door LTZ 17 24 $27,537 $29,140
Equinox FWD 4-Door Sport 17 24 $27,825 $29,445
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4-Door Automatic X
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X 20 26 $20,028 $21,195
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean Ed 20 26 $24,330 $25,995
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean Ed PZEV 20 26 $24,541 $26,195
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean w/Nav 20 26 $25,977 $27,795
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean w/Nav PZEV 20 26 $26,188 $27,995
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X Limited 20 26 $24,355 $25,995
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X Limited PZEV 20 26 $24,566 $26,195
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X Limited w/Nav 20 26 $26,002 $27,795
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X Limited w/Nav PZEV 20 26 $26,213 $27,995
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X PZEV 20 26 $20,239 $21,395
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 26 $22,471 $23,895
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X w/Prem/All-Weather PZEV 20 26 $22,682 $24,095
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $22,104 $23,495
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X w/Premium Pkg PZEV 20 26 $22,315 $23,695
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic XT 19 24 $24,582 $26,195
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic XT Ltd 19 24 $26,409 $28,195
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic XT Ltd w/Nav 19 24 $28,059 $29,995
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Manual X 20 27 $18,938 $19,995
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Manual X PZEV 20 27 $19,149 $20,195
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Manual X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 27 $21,563 $22,895
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Manual X w/Prem/All-Weather PZEV 20 27 $21,774 $23,095
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Manual X w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $21,196 $22,495
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Manual X w/Premium Pkg PZEV 20 27 $21,407 $22,695
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,862
$20,028
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,310
$21,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$439 / month
$353 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
With mediocre handling and fuel economy, the 2009 Chevrolet Equinox isn’t that appealing, but it still offers superior cabin space. It’s significantly improved this year, but the 2009 Subaru Forester remains a unique all-wheel-drive crossover with less power and fewer features, but better carlike handling, than its competition.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 55.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 43.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
106.4 107.6
Front Hip Room (in)
51.1 52.9
Second Leg Room (in)
40.2 38.0
Front Head Room (in)
40.9 41.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
51.3 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 56.1
Second Head Room (in)
40.1 40.4
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - 38.4
Height, Overall (in)
69.3 65.9
Liftover Height (in)
28.6 27.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.8 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
112.5 103
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - 32.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.4 70.1
Track Width, Front (in)
61.6 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.9 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
188.8 179.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 42.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 37.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
35.2 33.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - 53.25
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 33.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 61.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
67.1 68.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.93 x 0.79 11.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.65 x 1.02 11.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.0 16.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.8 34.4
Steering Type
Variable power assist Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.8 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 37.4
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
19.4 Variable
Tires
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QKG NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/65R16 P215/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
QKG NA
Front Tire Size
P235/65R16 P215/65HR16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
525 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 2400
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 2400
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3776 3300
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.6 7.2
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 520
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
210 @ 3800 170 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
LNJ NA
Displacement
3.4L/209 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
185 @ 5200 170 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas Flat 4-Cyl
Fuel System
SFI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 22
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 2.79
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.95 1.00
Trans Type
5 4
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
5.02 2.27
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.98 1.55
Trans Order Code
MX0 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.48 4.44
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.32 0.69
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Equinox Subaru Forester (Natl)
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - 32
Suspension Type - Front
Strut-type MacPherson-type
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - 32
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear
Trailing arm Double wishbone
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 6

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