Compare 2010 Chevrolet Equinox vs 2009 Ford Escape vs 2009 Subaru Forester

2010 Chevrolet Equinox
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2009 Ford Escape
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2009 Subaru Forester
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AWD 4-Door LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Equinox AWD 4-Door LS 20 29 $23,146 $24,365
Equinox AWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 20 29 $24,020 $25,285
Equinox AWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 20 29 $26,001 $27,370
Equinox AWD 4-Door LTZ 20 29 $28,471 $29,970
Equinox FWD 4-Door LS 22 32 $21,484 $22,615
Equinox FWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 22 32 $22,358 $23,535
Equinox FWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 22 32 $24,339 $25,620
Equinox FWD 4-Door LTZ 22 32 $26,809 $28,220
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4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited 19 25 $24,715 $26,670
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLS 19 25 $21,969 $23,395
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 19 25 $23,381 $25,205
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 29 27 $29,015 $31,395
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid Limited 29 27 $31,135 $33,725
Escape 4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 17 24 $25,625 $27,670
Escape 4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 17 24 $24,300 $26,215
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited 20 28 $23,123 $24,920
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLS 20 28 $20,358 $21,645
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 20 28 $21,789 $23,455
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 34 31 $27,422 $29,645
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid Limited 34 31 $29,542 $31,975
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS 20 28 $19,245 $20,435
Escape FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 18 26 $24,033 $25,920
Escape FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 18 26 $22,708 $24,465
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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
$23,146
$24,715
$20,028
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,365
$26,670
$21,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$406 / month
$445 / month
$353 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.4
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2010 Chevrolet Equinox is all about evolution—and the most striking changes are almost invisible, except at the gas pump. The 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid is a viable and sturdy contender in the family crossover arena. Gas mileage is excellent for a compact SUV, and optional mechanical all-wheel drive sets it apart from softer competitors. 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
20 mpg 19 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 25 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
51.1 53.3 52.9
Second Leg Room (in)
39.9 35.6 38.0
Front Head Room (in)
40.9 40.4 41.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.7 99.5 107.6
Second Hip Room (in)
51.3 49.1 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.8 56.6 56.1
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 39.2 40.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.3 55.9 55.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.6 43.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.8 60.2 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
112.5 103.1 103
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
28.8 33.3 32.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.5 71.1 70.1
Track Width, Front (in)
62.5 60.7 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.8 8.4 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
187.8 174.7 179.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - 43.2 38.4
Height, Overall (in)
66.3 67.8 65.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 29.4 27.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 34.7 37.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
31.4 29.2 33.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 53.25
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 37.3 33.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 66.7 61.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
63.7 66.3 68.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 40.7 42.2
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 10.0 x 1.65 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 1.18 11.9 x 0.4 11.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x 0.78 NA 11.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Power Power
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.8 16.5 16.9
Steering
Steering Type
Variable power assist Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.46 - TBD - 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 40.1 37.4
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.1 17.5 Variable
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.0 36.7 34.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/65R17 P235/70R16 P215/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
QYZ NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/65R17 P235/70R16 P215/65HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QYZ NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 NA 2400
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 150 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
225 NA 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 1500 2400
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3929 4600 3300
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 7 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 7 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.9 - TBD - 7.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 590 520
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 110 90
Engine
Fuel System
SIDI SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
172 @ 4900 171 @ 4500 170 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
LAF 997 NA
Displacement
2.4/146.5 2.5L/152 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
182 @ 6700 171 @ 6000 170 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 ECOTEC Gas I4 Gas Flat 4-Cyl
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 21 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 25 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 19 20
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.45 0.69
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA - TBD - -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.75 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 4.58 2.79
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.91 1.00
Trans Type
6 6 4
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 1.0 -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.0 1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 2.31 2.27
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 2.96 1.55
Trans Order Code
MX0 NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.53 3.51 4.44
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Equinox Ford Escape Subaru Forester (Natl)
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - 32
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut-type MacPherson Strut MacPherson-type
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - 32
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Trailing arm Multi-link Double wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.1 - -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 5 6

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