Compare 2008 Hyundai Tucson vs 2009 Subaru Forester

2008 Hyundai Tucson
2009 Subaru Forester
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4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Tucson 4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 17 23 $23,237 $24,585
Tucson 4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic SE 17 23 $21,734 $22,735
Tucson FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic GLS 19 25 $18,714 $19,335
Tucson FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited 19 25 $21,026 $22,220
Tucson FWD 4-Door I4 Manual GLS 20 25 $16,709 $17,235
Tucson FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 18 24 $21,647 $22,885
Tucson FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic SE 18 24 $20,127 $21,035
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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

$23,237
$20,028

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$24,585
$21,195

Monthly Payment Estimate

$410 / month
$353 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.0
8.0

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2008 Hyundai Tucson no longer stands out in its class for performance or safety, but it’s still a great value. 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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TCC Dislikes

Fuel Economy

City

17 mpg 20 mpg

Highway

23 mpg 26 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

4WD Sport Utility 4WD Sport Utility

Interior Dimensions

Second Leg Room (in)

37.2 38.0

Front Head Room (in)

40.3 41.6

Passenger Volume (ft³)

102.6 107.6

Second Hip Room (in)

51.2 52.7

Front Shoulder Room (in)

56.6 56.1

Second Head Room (in)

38.8 40.4

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Second Shoulder Room (in)

56.3 55.6

Front Leg Room (in)

42.1 43.1

Front Hip Room (in)

52.4 52.9

Exterior Dimensions

Rear Door Opening Height (in)

- TBD - 32.8

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

72.1 70.1

Track Width, Front (in)

61.0 60.2

Min Ground Clearance (in)

7.7 8.7

Length, Overall (in)

170.3 179.5

Rear Door Opening Width (in)

- TBD - 38.4

Height, Overall (in)

68.1 65.9

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - 27.4

Track Width, Rear (in)

61.0 60.2

Wheelbase (in)

103.5 103

Cargo Area Dimensions

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)

65.5 68.3

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)

- TBD - NA

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

NA NA

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)

- TBD - 42.2

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)

- TBD - 37.5

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

22.7 33.5

Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)

- TBD - 53.25

Brakes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.0 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

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.2 x - TBD - 11.3 x - TBD -

Brake Type

Pwr Power

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

17.2 16.9

Steering

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - 37.4

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

16.2 Variable

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

35.4 34.4

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

3.1 3.0

Tires

Rear Tire Size

P235/60R16 P215/65HR16

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P235/60R16 P215/65HR16

Spare Tire Size

T155/90R16 Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

200 200

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA 200

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

2000 2400

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA 2400

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3548 3300

Wheels

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Steel

Spare Wheel Material

- TBD - Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

16 x - TBD - NA

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Steel

Rear Wheel Size (in)

16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

8.2 7.2

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - 520

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- TBD - 90

Engine

Displacement

2.7L/164 2.5L/150

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

173 @ 6000 170 @ 6000

Engine Type

Gas V6 Gas Flat 4-Cyl

Fuel System

MPI SMPI

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

178 @ 4000 170 @ 4400

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

17 20

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

23 26

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

- 22

Transmission

Trans Type

4 4

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA

Trans Description Cont. Again

Shiftronic NA

Drivetrain

4-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.48 2.27

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

1.53 1.55

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

4.41 4.44

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.71 0.69

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA

First Gear Ratio (:1)

2.84 2.79

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 1.00

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

- NA

Summary

Vehicle Name

Hyundai Tucson Subaru Forester (Natl)

Body Style

4 Door Sport Utility 4 Door

Suspension

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

0.55 0.67

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

MacPherson Strut NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - 32

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

0.83 0.83

Suspension Type - Rear

Independent Double wishbone

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Multi-Link NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - 32

Suspension Type - Front

Independent MacPherson-type

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

- 6

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