Compare 2009 Honda CR-V vs 2009 Subaru Forester

2009 Honda CR-V
2009 Subaru Forester
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2WD 5-Door EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CR-V 2WD 5-Door EX 20 27 $21,864 $23,495
CR-V 2WD 5-Door EX-L 20 27 $24,229 $26,045
CR-V 2WD 5-Door EX-L w/Navi 20 27 $25,805 $27,745
CR-V 2WD 5-Door LX 20 27 $19,777 $21,245
CR-V 4WD 5-Door EX 20 26 $22,977 $24,695
CR-V 4WD 5-Door EX-L 20 26 $25,342 $27,245
CR-V 4WD 5-Door EX-L w/Navi 20 26 $26,918 $28,945
CR-V 4WD 5-Door LX 20 26 $20,890 $22,445
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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
$21,864
$20,028
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,495
$21,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$392 / month
$353 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Honda CR-V is a clear winner for those seeking security and utility at a good price, provided hip styling or street cred isn't near the top of the list. 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 20 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility 4WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 43.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.9 107.6
Front Hip Room (in)
55.9 52.9
Second Leg Room (in)
38.5 38.0
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 41.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
54.6 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 56.1
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 40.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.0 55.6
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.6 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
103.1 103
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - 32.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.6 70.1
Track Width, Front (in)
61.6 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.3 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
177.9 179.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - 38.4
Height, Overall (in)
66.1 65.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 37.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
35.7 33.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - 53.25
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 33.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 61.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
72.9 68.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 42.2
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.0 x - TBD - 11.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x - TBD - 11.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.3 16.9
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.96 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 37.4
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.74 Variable
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.8 34.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/65TR17 P215/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/65TR17 P215/65HR16
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 200
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3415 3300
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 7.2
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 520
Engine
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
166 @ 5800 170 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas Flat 4-Cyl
Fuel System
MPFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
161 @ 4200 170 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 22
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.08 1.00
Trans Type
5 4
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- TBD - -
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.57 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.00 2.27
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 1.55
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.50 4.44
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.69
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.79 2.79
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Honda CR-V Subaru Forester (Natl)
Body Style
5 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - 32
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson-type
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - 32
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.79 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Double wishbone
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 6

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