Compare 2008 Jeep Patriot vs 2009 Subaru Forester

2008 Jeep Patriot
2009 Subaru Forester
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4WD 4-Door Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Patriot 4WD 4-Door Limited 22 27 $21,278 $22,855
Patriot 4WD 4-Door Sport 22 27 $17,074 $18,235
Patriot FWD 4-Door Limited 23 28 $19,686 $21,105
Patriot FWD 4-Door Sport 23 28 $15,481 $16,485
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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
$21,278
$20,028
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,855
$21,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$381 / month
$353 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
Safe and city-friendly, yet tough enough for weekend camping—and bargain-priced—the 2008 Jeep Patriot has a lot going for it. 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
22 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
52.3 52.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.7 107.6
Second Leg Room (in)
39.6 38.0
Front Head Room (in)
41.0 41.6
Second Hip Room (in)
51.0 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.6 56.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
39.3 40.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.6 55.6
Front Leg Room (in)
40.6 43.1
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
30.5 27.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
103.7 103
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
27.4 32.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.1 70.1
Track Width, Front (in)
59.8 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
9.0 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
173.6 179.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
45.1 38.4
Height, Overall (in)
64.4 65.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 37.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
23.0 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)
54.2 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)
38.0 42.2
Brakes
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)
11.5 x 1.0 11.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
NA 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x 0.4 11.3 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.5 16.9
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.88 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 37.4
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 Variable
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.6 34.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R17 P215/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
TTU NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60R17 P215/65HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
TTU NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 2400
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 2400
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3269 3300
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.2 7.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 520
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 90
Engine
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
172 @ 6000 170 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas Flat 4-Cyl
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
165 @ 4400 170 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
ED3 NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 22
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.00
Trans Type
5 4
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 2.27
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.16 1.55
Trans Order Code
DD7 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 4.44
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 0.69
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.77 2.79
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Jeep Patriot Subaru Forester (Natl)
Body Style
Sport Utility 4 Door
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - 32
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson-type
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Stabilizer bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - 32
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Double wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Stabilizer bar NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6

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