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  • 2009 Subaru Forester

    #7 in 2009 Affordable Compact SUVs

  • 2009 Toyota RAV4

    #2 in 2009 Affordable Compact SUVs

  • 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander

    #8 in 2009 Affordable Compact SUVs

  • Prices

    • MSRP
    • $19,995
    • $21,500
    • $20,580
    • Avg. Paid
    • $5,661
    • $6,716
    • $4,687

    U.S. News Scores

    • Overall
    • 8.5 /10
    • 8.7 /10
    • 8.4 /10
    • Critics' Rating
    • 8.5 /10
    • 8.9 /10
    • 8.5 /10
    • Performance
    • 8.2 /10
    • 8.2 /10
    • 7.8 /10
    • Interior
    • 8.2 /10
    • 7.5 /10
    • 7.4 /10
    • Cost to Own
    • 9.1 /10
    • 9.4 /10
    • 9.4 /10
    • Safety
    • 9.4 /10
    • 9.2 /10
    • 9.4 /10
    • Reliability
    • 3.0 /5
    • 4.0 /5
    • 3.0 /5

    Pros & Cons

    • Pros
      • Spacious, comfortable interior
      • Great cargo space
      • Good handling
      • Great safety scores
      • Powerful V6 option
      • Ample cabin and cargo space
      • Third-row seat option
      • Good safety scores
      • Vast interior
      • Sporty handling
      • Excellent safety scores
    • Cons
      • Interior less refined than competitors
      • So-so cabin material quality
      • Cramped third row
      • Cramped third-row seat
      • Lackluster interior

    General Specs

    • Transmission
    • Manual
    • Automatic
    • Automatic
    • Drivetrain
    • All Wheel Drive
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Fuel/Engine
    • Gas Flat 4-Cyl 2.5L/150
    • Gas I4 2.5L/152
    • Gas I4 2.4L/144
    • MPG
    • 20 City / 27 Hwy
    • 22 City / 28 Hwy
    • 20 City / 25 Hwy
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    Exterior

    Body
    • Body Style
    • 4 Door
    • 4 Door
    • 4-Door Wagon
    Dimensions
    • Wheelbase (in.)
    • 103
    • 104.7
    • 105.1
    • Length, Overall (in.)
    • 179.5
    • 181.9
    • 182.7
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in.)
    • 70.1
    • 71.5
    • 70.9
    • Height, Overall (in.)
    • 65.9
    • 66.3
    • 66.1
    Doors & Windows
    • Rear Defrost
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Privacy Glass
    •  
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Power Windows
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Doors & Windows
    • Rear Defrost
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Privacy Glass
    •  
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Power Windows
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Exterior Features
    • Running Boards
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Rear Spoiler
    • Optional
    • Standard
    •  
    Measurements
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs.)
    • 3250
    • 3360
    • 3395
    Tires & Wheels
    • Tires - Front All-Season
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Tires - Rear All-Season
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Compact Spare Tire
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Full Size Spare Tire
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Aluminum Wheels
    •  
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Wheel Locks
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Steel Wheels
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Wheel Covers
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    Towing
    • Trailer Hitch Receiver
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Optional

    Interior

    Convenience & Comfort
    • Alarm
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Auxiliary Pwr Outlet
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Cruise Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Fog Lamps
    • Optional
    •  
    • Optional
    • Auto-Off Headlights
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Interior Cargo Shade
    • Optional
    •  
    • Optional
    • Luggage Rack
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Front Reading Lamps
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Seat Heat Ducts
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Remote Engine Start
    •  
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Adjustable Steering Wheel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Steering Wheel Controls
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Trip Computer
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Universal Garage Door Opener
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Intermittent Wipers
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Floor Mats
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Keyless Entry
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Door Locks
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Electrochromic rearview mirror
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Power Mirrors
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Passenger Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Driver Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Steering
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Dimensions
    • Passenger Capacity
    • 5
    • 5
    • 5
    • Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)
    • 107.6
    • 108.2
    • 100.4
    • Front Head Room (in.)
    • 41.6
    • 40.8
    • 40.3
    • Front Leg Room (in.)
    • 43.1
    • 41.8
    • 41.6
    • Front Shoulder Room (in.)
    • 56.1
    • 57.1
    • 56.4
    • Front Hip Room (in.)
    • 52.9
    • 53.8
    • 52.2
    • Second Head Room (in.)
    • 40.4
    • 39.7
    • 38.3
    • Second Leg Room (in.)
    • 38.0
    • 38.3
    • 39.6
    • Second Shoulder Room (in.)
    • 55.6
    • 55.3
    • 56.1
    • Second Hip Room (in.)
    • 52.7
    • 52.4
    • 51.9
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.)
    • 68.3
    • 73.0
    • 72.6
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.)
    • 33.5
    • 36.4
    • 36.2
    Entertainment
    • AM/FM Stereo
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Auxiliary Audio Input
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • CD Changer
    •  
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • CD Player
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Equalizer
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • MP3 Player
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Satellite Radio
    • Optional
    • Optional
    •  
    • Premium Sound System
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Entertainment System
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Hard Disk Drive
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    Heating & Cooling
    • A/C
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Navigation & Communication
    • Navigation System
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Wireless Cell Phone Hookup
    •  
    • Optional
    • Optional
    Seats
    • Cloth Seats
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Additional Rear Seat
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Pass-Through Rear Seat
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 2nd Row Bench Seat
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Bucket Seats
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
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    Safety

    Airbags
    • Driver Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Front Head Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Head Air Bag
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Front Side Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Brakes
    • 4-Wheel ABS
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Safety Features
    • Brake Assist
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Electronic Stability Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Daytime Running Lights
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Child Safety Locks
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Traction Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
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    Mechanical

    Engine & Performance
    • Locking Rear Differential
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • All Wheel Drive
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Front Wheel Drive
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 4 Cylinder Engine
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Engine Type
    • Gas Flat 4-Cyl
    • Gas I4
    • Gas I4
    • Displacement
    • 2.5L/150
    • 2.5L/152
    • 2.4L/144
    • Horsepower (Net @ RPM)
    • 170 @ 6000
    • 179 @ 6000
    • 168 @ 6000
    • Torque (Net @ RPM)
    • 170 @ 4400
    • 172 @ 4000
    • 167 @ 4100
    • Transmission
    • Manual w/OD
    • Automatic w/OD
    •  
    • Turning diameter
    • 34.4
    • 34.8
    • 34.8
    Fuel
    • Gasoline Fuel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
    • 20
    • 22
    • 20
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
    • 27
    • 28
    • 25
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal.)
    • 16.9
    • 15.9
    • 16.6
    Suspension
    • Suspension Type - Front
    • MacPherson-type
    • MacPherson strut
    • MacPherson Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear
    • Double wishbone
    • Double-wishbone
    • Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
    •  
    •  
    • w/Coil Springs
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
    •  
    • coil spring
    • w/Coil Springs
    Transmission
    • Automatic
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 4-Speed Automatic
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • Continuously Variable Trans
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Manual
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • 5-Speed Manual
    • Standard
    •  
    •  

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