Compare 2009 Ford Escape vs 2010 Jeep Patriot vs 2009 Subaru Forester

2009 Ford Escape
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2010 Jeep Patriot
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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 Latitude
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Patriot 4WD 4-Door Latitude 23 28 $16,668 $16,865
Patriot 4WD 4-Door Limited 23 28 $23,647 $24,550
Patriot 4WD 4-Door Sport 23 28 $16,668 $16,865
Patriot FWD 4-Door Latitude 23 28 $15,258 $15,365
Patriot FWD 4-Door Limited 23 28 $22,019 $22,800
Patriot FWD 4-Door Sport 23 28 $15,258 $15,365
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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
$16,668
$20,028
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,670
$16,865
$21,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$445 / month
$281 / month
$353 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.4
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. The 2010 Jeep Patriot is unlike any other vehicle on the market, with good safety, a spacious interior, and city-friendly maneuverability, plus just enough Jeep-ness for weekend campers. 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 23 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 28 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 39.9 40.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 54.0 55.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.6 40.6 43.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.5 101.7 107.6
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 52.3 52.9
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 39.4 38.0
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 41.0 41.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
49.1 51.0 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.6 54.6 56.1
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.4 - TBD - 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
174.7 173.6 179.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
43.2 45.1 38.4
Height, Overall (in)
67.8 65.7 65.9
Liftover Height (in)
29.4 30.7 27.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.2 59.8 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
103.1 103.7 103
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
33.3 27.4 32.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.1 69.1 70.1
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 59.8 60.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
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)
40.7 38.0 42.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
34.7 - TBD - 37.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
29.2 23.0 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 54.2 68.3
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.3 x 0.4 11.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
10.0 x 1.65 NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x 0.4 11.5 x 1.0 11.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.5 13.5 16.9
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.5 16.4 Variable
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.7 35.6 34.4
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.88 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
40.1 - TBD - 37.4
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/70R16 P205/70R16 P215/65HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA TLB NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA TBC NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/70R16 P205/70R16 P215/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA TLB NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000 2400
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 100 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 1000 2400
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4600 3179 3300
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.2 7.2
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 120 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
590 525 520
Engine
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
171 @ 4500 165 @ 4400 170 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
997 ED3 NA
Displacement
2.5L/152 2.4L/144 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
171 @ 6000 172 @ 6000 170 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas Flat 4-Cyl
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 25 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 28 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 23 20
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.03 0.69
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - - TBD - -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 3.77 2.79
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 1.41 1.00
Trans Type
6 5 4
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.0 1.00 -
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.72 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.31 3.42 2.27
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 2.16 1.55
Trans Order Code
NA DD7 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.51 4.12 4.44
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Escape Jeep Patriot Subaru Forester (Natl)
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility 4 Door
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Multi-link Double wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Stabilizer bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - 32
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson-type
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Stabilizer bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - 32
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 7 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 7.5 -

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