Compare 2012 Jeep Liberty vs 2012 Subaru Forester

2012 Jeep Liberty
2012 Subaru Forester
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RWD 4-Door Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $22,722 $23,395
RWD 4-Door Sport Latitude 16 22 $22,722 $23,395
4WD 4-Door Arctic 15 21 $24,222 $24,975
4WD 4-Door Sport 15 21 $24,612 $25,395
4WD 4-Door Sport Latitude 15 21 $24,612 $25,395
RWD 4-Door Limited 16 22 $25,852 $26,760
RWD 4-Door Limited Jet 16 22 $26,070 $26,995
4WD 4-Door Limited 15 21 $27,370 $28,360
4WD 4-Door Limited Jet 15 21 $27,960 $28,995
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4-Door Manual 2.5X
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual 2.5X 21 27 $19,489 $20,595
4-Door Manual PZEV 2.5X 21 27 $19,798 $20,895
4-Door Automatic 2.5X 21 27 $20,580 $21,795
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X 21 27 $20,888 $22,095
4-Door Manual 2.5X Premium 21 27 $21,960 $23,295
4-Door Manual PZEV 2.5X Premium 21 27 $22,269 $23,595
4-Door Automatic 2.5X Premium 21 27 $22,869 $24,295
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X Premium 21 27 $23,178 $24,595
4-Door Automatic 2.5X Limited 21 27 $24,905 $26,595
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X Limited 21 27 $25,214 $26,895
4-Door Automatic 2.5XT Premium 19 24 $25,407 $27,095
4-Door Automatic 2.5X Touring 21 27 $26,094 $27,895
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X Touring 21 27 $26,403 $28,195
4-Door Automatic 2.5XT Touring 19 24 $27,992 $29,895
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,722
$19,489
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,395
$20,595
Monthly Payment Estimate
$390 / month
$343 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
5.8
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
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.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle - AWD
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.6 55.6
Front Leg Room (in)
40.8 43.1
Front Hip Room (in)
52.7 52.9
Second Leg Room (in)
38.2 38.0
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 41.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
105.6 107.6
Second Hip Room (in)
52.6 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 56.1
Second Head Room (in)
40.8 40.4
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
44.2 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
71.3 65.9
Liftover Height (in)
34.1 27.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.0 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
106.1 103.0
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
29.6 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.1 70.1
Track Width, Front (in)
61.0 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.8 8.9
Length, Overall (in)
176.1 179.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
41.4 42.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 37.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
25.2 68.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
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)
60.9 33.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 x 0.5 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)
11.9 x 1.1 11.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.5 16.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.5 34.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.4 3.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.36 16.5
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
TRY NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/75R16 P215/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
TRY NA
Front Tire Size
P225/75R16 P215/65HR16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2400
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2400
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 240
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
300 360
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4076 3250
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Compact
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
14.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 90
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas Flat 4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
235 @ 4000 174 @ 4100
Engine Order Code
EKG NA
Displacement
3.7L/226 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 5200 170 @ 5800
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 21
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.21 3.33
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.57 2.06
Trans Order Code
DGV NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.73 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 1.09
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 3.45
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.45
Trans Type
4 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA -
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Vehicle Name
Jeep Liberty Subaru Forester
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front
A-Arms MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Live Axle Double Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
10.4 8.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 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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