Compare 2003 Toyota Highlander vs 2003 Subaru Forester

2003 Toyota Highlander
2003 Subaru Forester
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4-Door 4-Cyl
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door 4-Cyl 22 27 $21,251 $23,880
4-Door 4-Cyl 4WD 19 24 $22,497 $25,280
4-Door V6 19 23 $22,747 $25,560
4-Door V6 4WD 18 22 $23,993 $26,960
4-Door V6 Limited 19 23 $26,426 $29,695
4-Door V6 4WD Limited 18 22 $27,672 $31,095
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4-Door 2.5 Manual X
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door 2.5 Manual X 21 27 $19,044 $20,845
4-Door 2.5 Automatic X 21 27 $19,763 $21,645
4-Door 2.5 Manual XS 21 27 $20,987 $23,095
4-Door 2.5 Automatic XS 21 27 $21,706 $23,895
4-Door 2.5 Manual w/Premium Pkg XS 21 27 $21,883 $24,095
4-Door 2.5 Automatic w/Premium Pkg XS 21 27 $22,602 $24,895
4-Door 2.5 Automatic w/Prem Pkg & Lthr XS 21 27 $23,274 $25,645
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,251
$19,044
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,880
$20,845
Monthly Payment Estimate
$398 / month
$347 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
38.6 39.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.0 53.6
Front Leg Room (in)
40.7 43.6
Front Hip Room (in)
55.1 51.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
105.7 93.5
Second Leg Room (in)
36.4 33.7
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 39.8
Second Hip Room (in)
54.9 51.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.9 53.5
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.9 7.5
Length, Overall (in)
184.4 175.2
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
35.9 38.4
Height, Overall (in)
66.1 62.6
Liftover Height (in)
28.6 27.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.6 58.5
Wheelbase (in)
106.9 99.4
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
33.5 32.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.9 68.3
Track Width, Front (in)
62.2 58.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
81.4 64.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA N/A
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
39.3 37.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
41.7 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
38.5 32.0
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
50.4 - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
36.3 33.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
76.1 - TBD -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 x 0.4 NA
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 9.0 x 1.4
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.6 x 1.1 10.8 x 0.9
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.8 15.9
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.1 16.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 34.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.98 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
40.6 37.4
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/70R16 P215/60HR16
Spare Tire Size
P225/70R16 P215/60HR16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/70R16 P215/60HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 176
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
300 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 2400
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3485 3090
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.8 6.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
582 356
Engine
Fuel System
MPFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
163 @ 4000 166 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.4L/146 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
155 @ 5600 165 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas Flat 4-Cyl
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 21
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.12 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.02 1.09
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.94 3.45
Clutch Size (in)
NA 8.86
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.45
Trans Type
4 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.15 3.33
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.20 2.06
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Toyota Highlander Subaru Forester
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.91 0.75
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent HD Raised
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
MacPherson w/Parallel Links
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
32 32
Suspension Type - Front
Independent HD Raised
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.63 0.51
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson w/Lower L-Arms
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
35 32

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