Compare 2009 Ford Escape vs 2009 Hyundai Tucson vs 2009 Subaru Forester

2009 Ford Escape
X
2009 Hyundai Tucson
X
2009 Subaru Forester
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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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4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Tucson 4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 18 23 $24,205 $25,620
Tucson 4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic SE 18 23 $22,430 $23,470
Tucson FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic GLS 20 26 $19,322 $19,970
Tucson FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited 20 26 $21,447 $22,670
Tucson FWD 4-Door I4 Manual GLS 20 26 $17,507 $18,070
Tucson FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 18 24 $22,615 $23,920
Tucson FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic SE 18 24 $20,681 $21,620
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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
$24,715
$24,205
$20,028
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,670
$25,620
$21,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$445 / month
$427 / month
$353 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
6.8
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. As time has passed, the 2009 Hyundai Tucson has been matched or bettered by other vehicles in its class in terms of performance and safety—but it remains a good value. 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
19 mpg 18 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 23 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Sport Utility 4WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 37.2 38.0
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 40.3 41.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
49.1 51.2 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.6 56.6 56.1
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 38.8 40.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 56.3 55.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.6 42.1 43.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.5 102.6 107.6
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 52.4 52.9
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
33.3 - TBD - 32.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.1 72.1 70.1
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 61.0 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.4 7.7 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
174.7 170.3 179.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
43.2 - TBD - 38.4
Height, Overall (in)
67.8 68.1 65.9
Liftover Height (in)
29.4 - TBD - 27.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.2 61.0 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
103.1 103.5 103
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
29.2 22.7 33.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 53.25
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
37.3 - TBD - 33.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
66.7 - TBD - 61.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
66.3 65.5 68.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD - NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
40.7 - TBD - 42.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
34.7 - TBD - 37.5
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x 0.4 11.0 x 1.02 11.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 11.2 x 0.39 11.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
10.0 x 1.65 NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.5 17.2 16.9
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.1 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
40.1 - TBD - 37.4
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.5 16.2 Variable
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.7 35.4 34.4
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P235/70R16 P235/60R16 P215/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/70R16 P235/60R16 P215/65HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact T155/90R16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 2000 2400
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 2400
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 200 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4600 3548 3300
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16 x - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 8.2 7.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
590 - TBD - 520
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 120 90
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
171 @ 6000 173 @ 6000 170 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas V6 Gas Flat 4-Cyl
Fuel System
SMPI MPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
171 @ 4500 178 @ 4000 170 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
997 NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/152 2.7L/164 2.5L/150
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 18 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 20 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 23 26
Transmission
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.0 - -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA Shiftronic NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.31 2.48 2.27
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 1.53 1.55
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.51 4.41 4.44
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 0.71 0.69
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - - -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 2.84 2.79
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 1.00 1.00
Trans Type
6 4 4
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door Sport Utility 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Ford Escape Hyundai Tucson Subaru Forester (Natl)
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.55 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA MacPherson Strut NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - 32
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.83 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Independent Double wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - 32
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent MacPherson-type
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 5 6

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