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

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

Liftover Height (in)

30.5 27.4

Cargo Area Dimensions

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

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)

- TBD - 37.5

Brakes

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 -

Brake Type

Pwr Power

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

13.5 16.9

Steering

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

Steering Type

Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

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

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

Clutch Size (in)

- TBD - NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.41 1.00

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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