Compare Jeep Liberty vs. Subaru Forester vs. Toyota FJ Cruiser

Compare the Jeep Liberty against the Subaru Forester and Toyota FJ Cruiser. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Liberty, Forester and FJ Cruiser stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new Liberty, Forester and FJ Cruiser. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2009 Jeep Liberty 2009 Subaru Forester 2009 Toyota FJ Cruiser
2009 Jeep Liberty 2009 Subaru Forester 2009 Toyota FJ Cruiser
RWD 4dr Sport
  • RWD 4dr Sport
  • 4WD 4dr Sport
  • RWD 4dr Limited
  • 4WD 4dr Limited
2.5X Manual
  • 2.5X Manual
  • 2.5X Manual
  • 2.5X Automatic
  • 2.5X Automatic
  • 2.5X Manual with Premium Package
  • 2.5X Manual with Premium Package
  • 2.5X Manual with Premium/All-Weather Package
  • 2.5X Manual with Premium and All-Weather Package
  • 2.5X Automatic with Premium Package
  • 2.5X Automatic with Premium Package
  • 2.5X Automatic with Premium/All-Weather Package
  • 2.5X Automatic with Premium and All-Weather Package
  • 2.5X L.L.Bean
  • XT Limited
  • 2.5XT
  • 2.5X L.L.Bean
  • 2.5XT
  • XT Limited
  • 2.5X L.L.Bean with Navigation
  • XT Limited with Navigation
  • 2.5X L.L.Bean with Navigation
  • XT Limited with Navigation
  • 2.5XT Limited
  • 2.5XT Limited
  • 2.5XT Limited with Navigation
  • 2.5XT Limited with Navigation
RWD 4dr Auto (Natl)
  • RWD 4dr Auto (Natl)
  • RWD 4dr Auto (GS)
  • RWD 4dr Auto (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr Man (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr Man (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr Man (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr Auto (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr Auto (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr Auto (SE)


MSRP $23,015 $19,995 $23,320
Invoice $21,659 $18,938 $21,453
Avg. Paid $11,511 $12,408 $18,719

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.0 8.2 8.4
Critics' Rating 7.5 8.5 8.3
Performance 6.6 8.2 7.9
Interior 7.1 8.2 7.4
Cost to Own 9.1 9.1 8.5
Safety 7.9 9.4 8.6
Reliability 2.0 3.0 4.5

Pros & Cons

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

General Specs

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



Body Style 4 Door 4 Door 4 Door


Wheelbase(in) 106.1 103 105.9
Length, Overall (in) 176.9 179.5 183.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.4 70.1 74.6
Height, Overall (in) 70.6 65.9 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
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Running Boards Optional Optional
Rear Spoiler Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3869 3250 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


Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional Optional Optional


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional
Cruise Control Optional Standard
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
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Optional
Rear Floor Mats Standard Standard Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Power Driver Mirror 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


Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 104.1 107.6 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 40.4 41.6 41.3
Front Leg Room (in) 40.8 43.1 41.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.8 56.1 58.4
Front Hip Room (in) 52.7 52.9 55.4
Second Head Room (in) 40.3 40.4 40.3
Second Leg Room (in) 38.8 38.0 31.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.6 55.6 53.9
Second Hip Room (in) 48.4 52.7 51.0
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 64.6 68.3 66.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 31.2 33.5 27.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)


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 Standard Optional Optional
Premium Sound System Optional Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional


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



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard


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 Optional Standard Optional
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Front Tow Hooks Optional
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard


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 V6 Gas Flat 4-Cyl Gas V6
Displacement 3.7L/226 2.5L/150 4.0L/241
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 210 @ 5200 170 @ 6000 239 @ 5200
Torque (Net @ RPM) 235 @ 4000 170 @ 4400 278 @ 3700
Transmission Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 35.5 34.4 41.8


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 20 16
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 27 20
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 10.2 16.9 19.0


Suspension Type - Front A-Arms MacPherson-type Double-Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear Live Axle Double wishbone 4-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/stabilizer bar w/Stabilizer Bar
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/stabilizer bar w/Stabilizer Bar


Automatic Standard Standard
4-Speed Automatic Standard
5-Speed Automatic Standard
Manual Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.