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4dr Manual NA Pkg AWD


Brake ABS System
Brake Type Power
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.7 x 0.94
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 9.0 x 1.38

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) 38.6
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 66.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 32.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 34.3
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 36.9
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) 66.1

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 6.5


Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 520
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 85


SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 165 @ 5600
Fuel System SFI
Displacement 2.5L/150
Engine Type Gas Flat 4 Cyl
Engine Order Code
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 162 @ 4000

Exterior Dimensions

Min Ground Clearance (in) 7.5
Track Width, Front (in) 58.1
Height, Overall (in) 62.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 68.3
Length, Overall (in) 175.2
Wheelbase (in) 99.4
Liftover Height (in) 21.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in) 42.5
Rear Door Opening Height (in) 31.1
Track Width, Rear (in) 57.1

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.9

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room (in) 39.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.6
Second Hip Room (in) 50.9
Second Leg Room (in) 33.4
Front Leg Room (in) 43.0
Front Hip Room (in) 51.4
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.5
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Volume (ft³) 95.1
Second Head Room (in) 39.6


EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21


Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.4
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 19.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 37.4
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion


Vehicle Name Subaru Forester
Vehicle Name Subaru Forester
Body Style 4 Door


Suspension Type - Rear Strut-Type
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Lower L-Arm
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Parallel Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 32
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 32
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.75
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.51


Rear Tire Size 205/70SR15
Rear Tire Order Code
Spare Tire Order Code
Spare Tire Size 205/70SR15
Front Tire Size 205/70SR15
Front Tire Order Code


Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 165
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)


Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.78
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.09
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.45
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.11
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.55
Trans Description Cont. Again
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD
Trans Type 5
Trans Order Code
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.11
Clutch Size (in) 8.86
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.42
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)


EPA Classification 4WD Special Purpose

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3020


Spare Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Material Steel
Front Wheel Material Alloy
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0
Rear Wheel Material Alloy
Rear Wheel Material Steel
Front Wheel Material Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0