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
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - 29.6 - TBD -
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
54.0 - TBD - - TBD -
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
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
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.2 3.4 3.2
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
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
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
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
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
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.65 2.84 2.79
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 1.00 1.00
Trans Type
5 4 4
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 1.00 -
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
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 -
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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