Compare 2012 Jeep Patriot vs 2012 Subaru Forester

2012 Jeep Patriot
2012 Subaru Forester
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4WD 4-Door Latitude
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Patriot 4WD 4-Door Latitude 22 28 $21,956 $22,780
Patriot 4WD 4-Door Limited 22 28 $24,327 $25,330
Patriot 4WD 4-Door Sport 22 28 $17,450 $17,745
Patriot FWD 4-Door Latitude 23 29 $19,132 $19,745
Patriot FWD 4-Door Limited 23 29 $22,681 $23,560
Patriot FWD 4-Door Sport 23 29 $15,805 $15,995
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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
$21,956
$20,580
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,780
$21,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$380 / month
$363 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Jeep Patriot is a compelling choice for its versatile interior, maneuverability, and strong list of features—with just a bit of weekend-warrior ruggedness—but it's woefully short on refinement or sophistication. 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
22 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicles Sport Utility Vehicle - AWD
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
39.4 38.0
Front Head Room (in)
41.0 41.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
104.4 107.6
Second Hip Room (in)
51.0 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.3 56.1
Second Head Room (in)
39.9 40.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 55.6
Front Leg Room (in)
40.6 43.1
Front Hip Room (in)
52.3 52.9
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.2 70.1
Track Width, Front (in)
59.8 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 8.9
Length, Overall (in)
173.8 179.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
45.1 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
66.8 65.9
Liftover Height (in)
30.7 27.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
103.7 103.0
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
27.4 - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
27.4 33.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 61.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
54.2 33.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA 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
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
23.0 68.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
45.1 - TBD -
Brakes
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
4-Wheel 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
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.5 16.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 16.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.6 34.4
Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 3.2
Tires
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
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 240
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 360
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 2400
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 2400
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3273 3300
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Compact
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.2 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 90
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
165 @ 4400 174 @ 4100
Engine Order Code
ED3 NA
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
172 @ 6000 170 @ 5800
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas Flat 4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 23
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
Trans Type
1 4
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 -
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.75 2.27
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.55
Trans Order Code
DAV NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
6.12 4.44
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.69
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously variable ratio Automatic w/Manual Shift
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.34 - 0.39 2.79
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Jeep Patriot Subaru Forester
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility Vehicle
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.8 8.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 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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