2009 Subaru Forester vs. Its Competition

2009 Subaru Forester
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2009 Dodge Journey crossover is in its first model year, and in its base form sports plenty of room, though its powertrain and interior quality leave much to be desired.

Saturn’s Vue was new in 2008 and is the handsomest crossover in this group, and offers a big V-6 for plenty of power.

Honda’s CR-V is the class leader in sales but was updated with a controversial front end recently.

Toyota’s RAV4 is the only vehicle in this group to offer a third-row seat; it also can be ordered with a V-6 engine.

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Quick Specs
8.0
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.
8.4
As a smaller crossover, the Journey's a good alternative to the Saturn Vue and Subaru Forester, maybe even to a Dodge Grand Caravan--just don't pile on the expensive options.
8.0
With its available V-6 engine, the 2009 Saturn Vue is a bit more fun to drive than other compact SUVs; otherwise it’s not a standout.
7.8
The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want.
7.6
The 2008 Toyota RAV4 brings a little more space than most compact SUVs without a mid-size price.
MSRP From    
$19,995$20,925$23,280$20,700$21,500
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
4WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
4-Door Manual XFWD 4-Door SEFWD 4-Door I4 XE2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Drivetrain    
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door4dr SUV4 Door SUV5 Door4 Door
Transmission    
Manual w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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