Compare 2010 Ford Escape vs 2009 Subaru Forester

2010 Ford Escape
2009 Subaru Forester
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FWD 4-Door XLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door XLS 22 28 $19,904 $21,020
4WD 4-Door XLS 20 26 $21,513 $22,770
FWD 4-Door XLT 22 28 $22,446 $24,045
FWD 4-Door Limited 22 28 $23,884 $25,625
4WD 4-Door XLT 20 26 $24,039 $25,795
4WD 4-Door Limited 20 26 $25,476 $27,375
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4-Door Manual X
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual X 20 27 $18,938 $19,995
4-Door Manual PZEV X 20 27 $19,149 $20,195
4-Door Automatic X 20 26 $20,028 $21,195
4-Door Automatic PZEV X 20 26 $20,239 $21,395
4-Door Manual X w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $21,196 $22,495
4-Door Manual PZEV X w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $21,407 $22,695
4-Door Manual X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 27 $21,563 $22,895
4-Door Manual PZEV X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 27 $21,774 $23,095
4-Door Automatic X w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $22,104 $23,495
4-Door AutomaticPZEV X w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $22,315 $23,695
4-Door Automatic X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 26 $22,471 $23,895
4-Door Automatic PZEV X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 26 $22,682 $24,095
4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean Ed 20 26 $24,330 $25,995
4-Door Automatic X Limited 20 26 $24,355 $25,995
4-Door Automatic PZEV X L.L. Bean Ed 20 26 $24,541 $26,195
4-Door Automatic PZEV X Limited 20 26 $24,566 $26,195
4-Door Automatic XT 19 24 $24,582 $26,195
4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean w/Nav 20 26 $25,977 $27,795
4-Door Automatic X Limited w/Nav 20 26 $26,002 $27,795
4-Door Automatic PZEV X L.L. Bean w/Nav 20 26 $26,188 $27,995
4-Door Automatic PZEV X Limited w/Nav 20 26 $26,213 $27,995
4-Door Automatic XT Ltd 19 24 $26,409 $28,195
4-Door Automatic XT Ltd w/Nav 19 24 $28,059 $29,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,904
$18,938
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,020
$19,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$350 / month
$333 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
Don’t let the 2010 Ford Escape’s boxy, old-school appearance turn you off; the Escape is a solid, fuel-efficient choice for city-dwelling families. 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
22 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 40.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 55.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.6 43.1
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 52.9
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 38.0
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 41.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.5 107.6
Second Hip Room (in)
49.1 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.6 56.1
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
43.2 38.4
Height, Overall (in)
67.9 65.9
Liftover Height (in)
29.6 27.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.2 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
103.1 103
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
33.5 32.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.1 70.1
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.4 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
174.7 179.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
40.7 42.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
35.0 37.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
31.4 33.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - 53.25
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
37.9 33.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
66.7 61.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
67.2 68.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 11.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
10.0 x 1.65 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x 0.5 11.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.5 16.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.7 34.4
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
40.1 37.4
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.5 Variable
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
T53 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/70R16 P215/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
T53 NA
Front Tire Size
P235/70R16 P215/65HR16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 2400
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 2400
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3268 3250
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
5.3 7.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 356
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 90
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas Flat 4-Cyl
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
171 @ 4500 170 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
997 NA
Displacement
2.5L/152 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
171 @ 6000 170 @ 6000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 27
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.37 3.33
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.94 2.06
Trans Order Code
443 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.13 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.94 1.09
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.5 3.45
Clutch Size (in)
8.86 8.86
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.25 1.45
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- TBD - -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.80 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Ford Escape Subaru Forester (Natl)
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Double wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - 32
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson-type
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - 32
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.8 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 6

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