Compare 2012 Honda CR-V vs 2012 Jeep Liberty vs 2012 Subaru Forester

2012 Honda CR-V
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2012 Jeep Liberty
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2012 Subaru Forester
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2WD 5-Door EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CR-V 2WD 5-Door EX 23 31 $23,098 $24,595
CR-V 2WD 5-Door EX-L 23 31 $25,579 $27,245
CR-V 2WD 5-Door EX-L w/Navi 23 31 $26,983 $28,745
CR-V 2WD 5-Door EX-L w/RES 23 31 $26,234 $27,945
CR-V 2WD 5-Door LX 23 31 $21,132 $22,495
CR-V AWD 5-Door EX 22 30 $24,268 $25,845
CR-V AWD 5-Door EX-L 22 30 $26,749 $28,495
CR-V AWD 5-Door EX-L w/Navi 22 30 $28,153 $29,995
CR-V AWD 5-Door EX-L w/RES 22 30 $27,404 $29,195
CR-V AWD 5-Door LX 22 30 $22,302 $23,745
Select style
4WD 4-Door Arctic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Liberty 4WD 4-Door Arctic 15 21 $24,222 $24,975
Liberty 4WD 4-Door Limited 15 21 $27,370 $28,360
Liberty 4WD 4-Door Limited Jet 15 21 $27,960 $28,995
Liberty 4WD 4-Door Sport 15 21 $24,612 $25,395
Liberty 4WD 4-Door Sport Latitude 15 21 $24,612 $25,395
Liberty RWD 4-Door Limited 16 22 $25,852 $26,760
Liberty RWD 4-Door Limited Jet 16 22 $26,070 $26,995
Liberty RWD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $22,722 $23,395
Liberty RWD 4-Door Sport Latitude 16 22 $22,722 $23,395
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4-Door Automatic 2.5X
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forester 4-Door Automatic 2.5X 21 27 $20,580 $21,795
Forester 4-Door Automatic 2.5X Limited 21 27 $24,905 $26,595
Forester 4-Door Automatic 2.5X Limited PZEV 21 27 $25,214 $26,895
Forester 4-Door Automatic 2.5X PZEV 21 27 $20,888 $22,095
Forester 4-Door Automatic 2.5X Premium 21 27 $22,869 $24,295
Forester 4-Door Automatic 2.5X Premium PZEV 21 27 $23,178 $24,595
Forester 4-Door Automatic 2.5X Touring 21 27 $26,094 $27,895
Forester 4-Door Automatic 2.5X Touring PZEV 21 27 $26,403 $28,195
Forester 4-Door Automatic 2.5XT Premium 19 24 $25,407 $27,095
Forester 4-Door Automatic 2.5XT Touring 19 24 $27,992 $29,895
Forester 4-Door Manual 2.5X 21 27 $19,489 $20,595
Forester 4-Door Manual 2.5X PZEV 21 27 $19,798 $20,895
Forester 4-Door Manual 2.5X Premium 21 27 $21,960 $23,295
Forester 4-Door Manual 2.5X Premium PZEV 21 27 $22,269 $23,595

Pricing

Invoice Price

$23,098
$24,222
$20,580

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$24,595
$24,975
$21,795

Monthly Payment Estimate

$410 / month
$416 / month
$363 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.8
5.8
7.4

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2012 Honda CR-V is a great family vehicle, with a thoughtfully designed and comfortable interior, and improved refinement, but it lacks the confident, sprightly feel present in past CR-Vs. With the off-road-focused Renegade model now gone, it's hard to see much value in the 2012 Jeep Liberty, as there were already plenty of better choices for those looking to spend most of the time on-road, commuting or shuttling kids.. The 2012 Subaru Forester is tough, all-weather-capable, and one of the best-handling compact crossovers--plus, a blast to drive in XT turbo form--but an old-tech automatic transmission and econo-caliber interior remain letdowns.

TCC Likes

TCC Dislikes

Fuel Economy

City

23 mpg 15 mpg 21 mpg

Highway

31 mpg 21 mpg 27 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

2WD Sport Utility 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle - AWD

Interior Dimensions

Second Leg Room (in)

38.3 38.2 38.0

Front Head Room (in)

38.0 40.4 41.6

Passenger Volume (ft³)

101.5 105.6 107.6

Second Hip Room (in)

53.1 52.6 52.7

Front Shoulder Room (in)

58.6 57.1 56.1

Second Head Room (in)

38.6 40.8 40.4

Passenger Capacity

5 5 5

Second Shoulder Room (in)

56.4 56.6 55.6

Front Leg Room (in)

41.3 40.8 43.1

Front Hip Room (in)

54.5 52.7 52.9

Exterior Dimensions

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

71.6 73.1 70.1

Track Width, Front (in)

61.6 61.0 60.2

Min Ground Clearance (in)

6.8 7.8 8.9

Length, Overall (in)

178.3 176.1 179.5

Rear Door Opening Width (in)

- TBD - 44.2 - TBD -

Height, Overall (in)

65.1 71.3 65.9

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - 34.1 27.4

Track Width, Rear (in)

61.6 61.0 60.2

Wheelbase (in)

103.1 106.1 103.0

Rear Door Opening Height (in)

- TBD - 29.6 - TBD -

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD - 33.9

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)

51.0 - TBD - 61.8

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

70.9 60.9 33.5

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)

39.0 41.4 42.2

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)

- TBD - - TBD - 37.5

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

37.2 25.2 68.3

Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)

54.0 - TBD - - TBD -

Brakes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.8 x - TBD - 11.9 x 1.1 11.7 x - TBD -

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.0 x - TBD - 12.4 x 0.5 11.3 x - TBD -

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr Power

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

15.3 19.5 16.9

Steering

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

16.7 17.36 16.5

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

37.3 35.5 34.4

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

3.2 3.4 3.2

Tires

Rear Tire Size

P225/65TR17 P225/75R16 P215/65HR16

Rear Tire Order Code

NA TRY NA

Front Tire Size

P225/65TR17 P225/75R16 P215/65HR16

Spare Tire Size

- TBD - Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA TRY NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA TBC NA

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

150 200 240

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

225 300 360

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1500 2000 2400

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1500 2000 2400

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3365 4290 3300

Wheels

Spare Wheel Material

- TBD - Steel Compact

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

- TBD - Full Size Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Steel

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Steel

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

7.0 14.0 - TBD -

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

410 600 - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- TBD - 140 90

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

163 @ 4400 235 @ 4000 174 @ 4100

Engine Order Code

NA EKG NA

Displacement

2.4L/144 3.7L/226 2.5L/152

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

185 @ 7000 210 @ 5200 170 @ 5800

Engine Type

Gas I4 Gas V6 Gas Flat 4

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

31 21 27

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

23 15 21

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

26 17 23

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.03 1.00 1.00

Trans Type

5 4 4

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High

1.00 1.00 -

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.53 NA NA

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.00 2.21 2.27

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

1.51 1.57 1.55

Trans Order Code

NA DGV NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

4.44 3.73 4.44

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.73 0.69 0.69

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low

- TBD - 2.72 -

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA NA

First Gear Ratio (:1)

2.65 2.84 2.79

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

- - NA

Summary

Vehicle Name

Honda CR-V Jeep Liberty Subaru Forester

Body Style

Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle

Suspension

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

0.75 - TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs NA NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - NA NA

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

0.79 - TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Live Axle Double Wishbone

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs NA NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - NA NA

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson Strut A-Arms MacPherson Strut

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

7.1 11 8.1

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

6 2 5

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

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