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  • 2009 Subaru Forester

    #7 in 2009 Affordable Compact SUVs

  • 2009 Jeep Liberty

    #25 in 2009 Affordable Compact SUVs

  • 2009 Toyota FJ Cruiser

    #10 in 2009 Affordable Midsize SUVs

  • Prices

    • MSRP
    • $19,995
    • $23,015
    • $23,320
    • Avg. Paid
    • $6,565
    • $5,989
    • $14,918

    U.S. News Scores

    • Overall
    • 8.2 /10
    • 7.0 /10
    • 8.5 /10
    • Critics' Rating
    • 8.5 /10
    • 7.5 /10
    • 8.3 /10
    • Performance
    • 8.2 /10
    • 6.6 /10
    • 7.9 /10
    • Interior
    • 8.2 /10
    • 7.1 /10
    • 7.4 /10
    • Cost to Own
    • 9.3 /10
    • 9.2 /10
    • 8.6 /10
    • Safety
    • 9.8 /10
    • 8.2 /10
    • 9.2 /10
    • Reliability
    • 3.0 /5
    • 2.0 /5
    • 4.5 /5

    Pros & Cons

    • Pros
      • Spacious, comfortable interior
      • Great cargo space
      • Good handling
      • Great safety scores
      • Excellent off-road abilities
      • Spacious cargo room
      • Off-road brawn
      • Well-made, easy-to-clean interior
      • Bold styling
    • Cons
      • Interior less refined than competitors
      • Less powerful engine than some competitors
      • Poor safety scores
      • Poor handling
      • Subpar on-road performance
      • Poor rearward visibility
      • Cramped back seat

    General Specs

    • Transmission
    • Manual
    • Automatic
    • Automatic
    • Drivetrain
    • All Wheel Drive
    • 2-Wheel Drive
    • Rear Wheel Drive
    • Fuel/Engine
    • Gas Flat 4-Cyl 2.5L/150
    • Gas V6 3.7L/226
    • Gas V6 4.0L/241
    • MPG
    • 20 City / 27 Hwy
    • 16 City / 22 Hwy
    • 16 City / 20 Hwy

    Exterior

    Body
    • Body Style
    • 4 Door
    • 4 Door
    • 4 Door
    Dimensions
    • Wheelbase (in.)
    • 103
    • 106.1
    • 105.9
    • Length, Overall (in.)
    • 179.5
    • 176.9
    • 183.9
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in.)
    • 70.1
    • 72.4
    • 74.6
    • Height, Overall (in.)
    • 65.9
    • 70.6
    • 70.9
    Doors & Windows
    • Rear Defrost
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Privacy Glass
    •  
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Power Windows
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Exterior Features
    • Sun/Moon Roof
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Panoramic Roof
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Sun/Moonroof
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Running Boards
    •  
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Rear Spoiler
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    Measurements
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs.)
    • 3250
    • 3869
    • 4050
    Tires & Wheels
    • Tires - Front All-Season
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Tires - Front All-Terrain
    •  
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Tires - Front On/Off Road
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Tires - Rear All-Season
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Tires - Rear All-Terrain
    •  
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Tires - Rear On/Off Road
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Compact Spare Tire
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • Full Size Spare Tire
    •  
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Aluminum Wheels
    •  
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Wheel Locks
    • Optional
    •  
    • Optional
    • Steel Wheels
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Wheel Covers
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    Towing
    • Trailer Hitch Receiver
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Optional
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    Interior

    Convenience & Comfort
    • Alarm
    • Optional
    •  
    • Optional
    • Auxiliary Pwr Outlet
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Back-Up Camera
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Cruise Control
    • Standard
    • Optional
    •  
    • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Fog Lamps
    • Optional
    • Optional
    •  
    • Auto-Off Headlights
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Interior Cargo Shade
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Luggage Rack
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Rear Parking Aid
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Front Reading Lamps
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Adjustable Steering Wheel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Universal Garage Door Opener
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Intermittent Wipers
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Floor Mats
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Keyless Entry
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Power Door Locks
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Electrochromic rearview mirror
    • Optional
    •  
    • Optional
    • Power Mirrors
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Power Passenger Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Driver Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • Passenger Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • Power Steering
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Dimensions
    • Passenger Capacity
    • 5
    • 5
    • 5
    • Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)
    • 107.6
    • 104.1
    • - TBD -
    • Front Head Room (in.)
    • 41.6
    • 40.4
    • 41.3
    • Front Leg Room (in.)
    • 43.1
    • 40.8
    • 41.9
    • Front Shoulder Room (in.)
    • 56.1
    • 56.8
    • 58.4
    • Front Hip Room (in.)
    • 52.9
    • 52.7
    • 55.4
    • Second Head Room (in.)
    • 40.4
    • 40.3
    • 40.3
    • Second Leg Room (in.)
    • 38.0
    • 38.8
    • 31.3
    • Second Shoulder Room (in.)
    • 55.6
    • 56.6
    • 53.9
    • Second Hip Room (in.)
    • 52.7
    • 48.4
    • 51.0
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.)
    • 68.3
    • 64.6
    • 66.8
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.)
    • 33.5
    • 31.2
    • 27.9
    Entertainment
    • AM/FM Stereo
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Auxiliary Audio Input
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • CD Changer
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • CD Player
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • MP3 Player
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Satellite Radio
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Premium Sound System
    • Optional
    •  
    • Optional
    Heating & Cooling
    • A/C
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Navigation & Communication
    • Navigation System
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Wireless Cell Phone Hookup
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    Seats
    • Cloth Seats
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Driver Seat
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Pass-Through Rear Seat
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 2nd Row Bench Seat
    • Standard
    • 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
    •  
    • Passenger Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Front Head Air Bag
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Rear Head Air Bag
    •  
    •  
    • 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
    • Standard
    • Electronic Stability Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Auto-On Headlights
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • Daytime Running Lights
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Child Safety Locks
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Front Tow Hooks
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Traction Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
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    Mechanical

    Engine & Performance
    • Locking Rear Differential
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • All Wheel Drive
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Rear Wheel Drive
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 4 Cylinder Engine
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • V6 Cylinder Engine
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Engine Type
    • Gas Flat 4-Cyl
    • Gas V6
    • Gas V6
    • Displacement
    • 2.5L/150
    • 3.7L/226
    • 4.0L/241
    • Horsepower (Net @ RPM)
    • 170 @ 6000
    • 210 @ 5200
    • 239 @ 5200
    • Torque (Net @ RPM)
    • 170 @ 4400
    • 235 @ 4000
    • 278 @ 3700
    • Transmission
    • Manual w/OD
    • Automatic w/OD
    • Automatic w/OD
    • Turning diameter
    • 34.4
    • 35.5
    • 41.8
    Fuel
    • Gasoline Fuel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
    • 20
    • 16
    • 16
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
    • 27
    • 22
    • 20
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal.)
    • 16.9
    • 10.2
    • 19.0
    Suspension
    • Suspension Type - Front
    • MacPherson-type
    • A-Arms
    • Double-Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Rear
    • Double wishbone
    • Live Axle
    • 4-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
    •  
    • w/stabilizer bar
    • w/Stabilizer Bar
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
    •  
    • w/stabilizer bar
    • w/Stabilizer Bar
    Transmission
    • Automatic
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 4-Speed Automatic
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • 5-Speed Automatic
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Manual
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • 5-Speed Manual
    • Standard
    •  
    •  

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