Compare 2009 Ford Escape vs 2009 Subaru Forester vs 2010 Toyota RAV4

2009 Ford Escape
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2009 Subaru Forester
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2010 Toyota RAV4
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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
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4WD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RAV4 4WD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT 21 27 $21,227 $23,075
RAV4 4WD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT Ltd 21 27 $23,970 $26,055
RAV4 4WD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT Sport 21 27 $22,791 $24,775
RAV4 4WD 4-Door V6 5-Speed AT 19 26 $23,101 $25,110
RAV4 4WD 4-Door V6 5-Speed AT Ltd 19 26 $25,744 $27,985
RAV4 4WD 4-Door V6 5-Speed AT Sport 19 26 $24,568 $26,705
RAV4 FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT 22 28 $20,264 $21,675
RAV4 FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT Ltd 22 28 $23,061 $24,665
RAV4 FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT Sport 22 28 $21,854 $23,375
RAV4 FWD 4-Door V6 5-Speed AT 19 27 $22,168 $23,710
RAV4 FWD 4-Door V6 5-Speed AT Ltd 19 27 $24,855 $26,585
RAV4 FWD 4-Door V6 5-Speed AT Sport 19 27 $23,660 $25,305
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,715
$20,028
$21,227
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,670
$21,195
$23,075
Monthly Payment Estimate
$445 / month
$353 / month
$385 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.0
7.4
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. 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. Though it might wear a spare tire on its tail like the hard-core SUVs of yore, don't let that throw you off. The 2010 Toyota RAV4 is actually a practical, fuel-efficient choice for frugal families on the go.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 20 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 26 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Sport Utility 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 40.4 39.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 55.6 55.3
Front Leg Room (in)
41.6 43.1 41.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.5 107.6 108.2
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 52.9 53.8
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 38.0 38.3
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 41.6 40.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
49.1 52.7 52.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.6 56.1 57.1
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- - NA
Third Leg Room (in)
- - NA
Third Hip Room (in)
- - NA
Third Head Room (in)
- - NA
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
174.7 179.5 181.9
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
43.2 38.4 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
67.8 65.9 66.3
Liftover Height (in)
29.4 27.4 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.2 60.2 61.4
Wheelbase (in)
103.1 103 104.7
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
33.3 32.8 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.1 70.1 71.5
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 60.2 61.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.4 8.7 7.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
40.7 42.2 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
34.7 37.5 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
29.2 33.5 36.4
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - 53.25 - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
37.3 33.9 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
66.7 61.8 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
66.3 68.3 73.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA NA
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 11.3 x - TBD - 11.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Power Pwr
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 11.7 x - TBD - 10.8 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 16.9 15.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.7 34.4 34.8
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.0 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
40.1 37.4 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.5 Variable 14.6
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/70R16 P215/65HR16 P215/70R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact P215/70R16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/70R16 P215/65HR16 P215/70R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 2400 1500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 200 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 200 225
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 2400 1500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4600 3300 3494
Wheels
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
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.2 7.2
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 90 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
590 520 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
171 @ 4500 170 @ 4400 172 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
997 NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/152 2.5L/150 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
171 @ 6000 170 @ 6000 179 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas Flat 4-Cyl Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 22 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 26 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 20 21
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - - - TBD -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 2.79 3.94
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 1.00 1.41
Trans Type
6 4 4
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.0 - - TBD -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.31 2.27 3.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 1.55 2.20
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.51 4.44 3.08
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 0.69 1.02
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Escape Subaru Forester (Natl) Toyota RAV4
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.83 1.00
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Double wishbone Double-wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA coil spring
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - 32 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson-type MacPherson strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.67 0.87
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - 32 - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 6 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- - 7.8

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