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Features Comparison: Jeep Patriot vs. Subaru Forester

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Model Year 2014 2014 2014 2015 2015 2015
Model Patriot Patriot Patriot Forester Forester Forester
Trim Sport Latitude Limited 2.5i 2.5i Premium 2.0XT Premium
Engines (show)  
2.0L I4
DOHC-4v
158 hp@6400
141 lb-ft@5000
       
2.4L I4
DOHC-4v
172 hp@6000
165 lb-ft@4400
     
2.5L H4
DOHC-4v
170 hp@5800
174 lb-ft@4100
       
turbocharged
2.0L H4
DOHC-4v
250 hp@5600
258 lb-ft@2000
         
Transmissions (show)  
5-speed manual        
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic        
CVT  
6-speed manual        
8-speed manually-shiftable CVT          
Drivetrains (show)  
FWD      
AWD
AWD w/low range      
Tires (show)  
205/70R16 tires      
215/65R17 tires      
225/60R17 tires          
215/60R17 tires        
225/60HR17 tires      
225/55HR18 tires          
Audio Systems (show)  
Unbranded, 4 speakers    
Boston Acoustics, 458W, 9 speakers (with subwoofer)        
Unbranded, 6 speakers      
Accessories (show)  
AC power outletPowers devices with a regular home electrical outlet. Limited wattage: forget about using it to power a blow drier.  
Adaptive cruise controlAutomatically maintains set distance behind preceding vehicle as well as set speed. Minimum speed around 30 mph. Replaces regular cruise control, and includes its value.          
Ashtray and lighter (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.      
Cruise control  
Lead vehicle start alertPrompts the driver when the vehicle ahead of the car has started moving away, a sign that the light has turned green.          
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Remote startStart the car using a button on the keyfob. Interior can be a comfortable temperature as soon as you get in.  
Tilt steering wheel, manual      
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual      
Universal garage door openerHomelink.  
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.  
AlarmOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.  
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Automatic braking, high-speedIf collision detection system senses imminent collision, applies moderate braking.          
Automatic braking, low-speedAutomatically brakes car to avoid low-speed collisions.          
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Daytime running lights (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.      
Forward collision alertAlerts driver when approaching the preceding car too quickly.          
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Front seat active head restraintsAutomatically move forward when the vehicle is rear-ended.      
Full-size spare tire      
Hill descent controlSelectively applies the brakes to maintain a slow, steady descent on off-road downhill slopes.    
Hill start assistApplies the brakes to hold the vehicle in place on an incline. Incomplete data, so only displayed when pricing a single vehicle.
Knee airbag, driver      
Lane departure warning systemAlerts driver when the vehicle seems to be wandering out of the lane.          
Lane sway warning systemAlerts driver when the car is weaving within the lane.          
Pedestrian detectionWarns driver of pedestrians in path of car.          
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation systemPrepares brakes (and sometimes also seatbelts) for use when radar detects an imminent collision. Might also move seats and close windows. Early Lexus system used laser.          
Rearview cameraRearview camera connected to display screen on the instrument panel. Often requires navigation system.      
Rollover sensorDeploys extended duration side curtain airbags when the vehicle rolls over. Usually included on tall vehicles. Rare on others.
Side curtain airbagsAirbags contained just above the window level. Except in cars without a rear seat usually cover first and second row.
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Termporary spare tire      
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Cargo Management (show)  
Cargo area partition netNet extending from the floor to the ceiling to prevent cargo from flying into the passenger area during sudden stops.      
Cargo cover  
Cargo mat      
Cargo net      
Cargo organizerAbove floor system for organizing cargo.      
Cargo tray      
Class II trailer hitchHitch rated for up to 3,500 pounds. Capacity of the vehicle could be lower.      
Console with shifter
Overhead sunglass holderUsually part of an overhead console.      
Roof rackIncludes side rails and crossbars.          
Roof rack crossbarsRequires roof rails. Together constitute a roof rack.    
Roof railsNo crossbars.  
Storage beneath cargo floorLarge storage area beneath the load floor, often compartmentalized.
Trailering equipment (4 wire)Includes four-wire harness, limited to relatively small trailers.      
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
Air conditioning
App supportTouchscreen and/or voice control over apps that can include online search, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com. Requires connected compatible phone. Fees may apply after first three years.          
Articulating liftgate speakersSpeakers swing down from raised liftgate, for use with vehicle parked.        
Audio controls on steering wheel  
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.          
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.
CD changer, in-dashIncludes CD player.        
CD player  
DVD-Audio-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing DVD-Audio discs.          
DVD-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing DVDs on a front-row screen. Inoperative when the vehicle is moving. No value because of incomplete data.        
HD radioHigh-definition radio, which broadcasts a digital signal. Free, no subscription fees.        
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.
Media drive, largeDrive with over 10 GB of storage for MP3 and other audio files.        
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.    
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.        
Rear defrost
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.
Rear wiper
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.        
Satellite radio - one year subscriptionXM or Sirius with one-year subscription.      
SMS text-to-speech readerConverts text messages to speech.          
Traffic + travel informationInformation about traffic plus weather, gas prices, sports news, and/or movie times. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.        
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.
Variable intermittent wipersTime between wipes can be precisely adjusted.
Voice control for external devicesGenerally works for some devices but not others.      
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.          
Wiper de-icerHeating elements defrost area where front wipers rest.        
Exterior (show)  
Additional chrome trimOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.          
Black exterior trim (optional)          
Bodyside cladding (gray/black)Protective cladding extending partly onto the doors.
Bodyside moldingsMoldings on the bodysides, to protect against door dings in parking lots.      
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)Chrome or polished metal exhaust tip.      
Deep-tinted rear windows  
Metal accent plate, lower front fasciaSometimes referred to as a skid plate, but really an appearance item.      
Metal accent plate, lower rear fasciaSometimes referred to as a skid plate, but really an appearance item.      
Mud guardsFlaps mounted behind two to four wheels, to protect the body from mud and rocks.      
Rear bumper protector
Rear spoilerCan be small lip spoiler or a larger raised spoiler.          
Skid platesPrevent underbody damage when off-roading.      
Sunroof        
Sunroof, largeReplaces and includes value of smaller sunroofs.        
Tow hook(s), frontUsed to connect the vehicle with another, so one of them can tow the other out of the mud.      
Tow hook(s), rearUsed to connect the vehicle with another, so one of them can tow the other out of the mud.      
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Auto-dimming driver-side mirrorDriver-side exterior mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.      
Auto-dimming passenger-side mirrorPassenger-side rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.      
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.
Automatic-off headlightsHeadlights automatically turn off.      
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.  
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.  
Interior ambient lightingLEDs in the ceiling or door panels cast a soft glow over the interior.      
Interior lights, additionalOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.      
Manual remote mirrors            
Map lightsFront row reading lights.
Outside temperature display
Perimeter approach lightingArea around the vehicle is illuminated when the vehicle is remotely unlocked.      
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
TachometerReports engine speed.
Trip computerReports average fuel economy, and perhaps also instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, and other stats.  
Visor mirror, driver
Visor mirror, passenger
Powertrain (show)  
Engine-block heaterPlugs into electrical outlet to warm up the engine. Facilitates starting in extreme cold.
Lockable center differentialThe center differential can be manually locked using a button. Only for use at low speeds on loose surfaces. Engaging low range (where available) usually locks the center differential automatically.      
Oil coolerOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.      
Steering-wheel-mounted transmission controlsPaddles or buttons that can be used to manually shift the transmission. Only listed when optional or not always included with an automatic transmission.          
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets
Second-row 2-section 3-person split bench
All-weather floor matsAll-weather floormats.
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row        
Door sill trim plates      
Floor mats
Folding passenger seatFor carrying long items. Possibly also useful as a work surface.        
Folding second row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.
Heated front seats    
Leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are trimmed in leather; other upholstery tends to be leatherette.        
Leather-wrapped steering wheel      
Manual height adjuster, driver seat      
Manual lumbar adjuster, driver seatManually adjustable lower back support.        
Manual recliner, second row seats    
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat    
Power height adjuster, driver seat    
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable lower back support.        
Power recliner, driver seat        
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.    
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
All-terrain tiresOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.      
Alloy wheels  
Alloy wheels, optional designSame value as regular alloy wheels because no way to compare across models.          
Electronic systems calibration selectorVaries throttle, steering, ABS, and/or stability control calibration.          
Sport suspension (upgrade)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.          
Wheel locksLug nuts that can only be removed using a special key. Prevents theft of wheels.      
White-letter tiresThe letters on the tire sidewalls are white rather than black.      

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Option Package Contents

Altitude Package

Features
Black exterior trim (optional)
225/60R17 tires

Power Value Group

Features
Power mirrors
Heated mirrors
Power front side windows
Power locks
Remote keyless entry
Power rear side windows

All-Weather Capability Group

Features
Daytime running lights (optional)

Trailer Tow Prep. Group

Features
Trailering equipment (4 wire)
Oil cooler
Full-size spare tire

Off-Road Group

Features
Manual height adjuster, driver seat
Interior air filter
Skid plates
Hill start assist
Hill descent control

Uconnect Voice Command

Features
Bluetooth cell phone link
Voice control for external devices
Bluetooth audio streaming
USB port
Bluetooth audio streaming

Uconnect Voice Command

Features

Pop root

Features
Tow hook(s), front
Tow hook(s), rear
All-weather floor mats
White-letter tires
All-terrain tires
215/65R17 tires

Pop root

Features
Tow hook(s), front
Tow hook(s), rear
All-weather floor mats
White-letter tires
All-terrain tires
215/65R17 tires

Premium Sound Group

Features
Articulating liftgate speakers
Boston Acoustics, 458W, 9 speakers (with subwoofer)

High Altitude Edition

Features
Leather seating surfaces
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat
Power height adjuster, driver seat
Power tilt adjuster, driver seat
Manual lumbar adjuster, driver seat
Alloy wheels, optional design
Remote start

Security and Cargo Convenience Group

Features
Universal garage door opener
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Roof rack crossbars
Cargo cover
Alarm
Compass
Alarm

All-Weather Capability Group

Features
Daytime running lights (optional)

Trailer Tow Prep. Group

Features
Trailering equipment (4 wire)
Oil cooler
Full-size spare tire

Off-Road Group

Features
Manual height adjuster, driver seat
Interior air filter
Skid plates
Hill start assist
Hill descent control

Uconnect Voice Command

Features
Bluetooth cell phone link
Voice control for external devices
Bluetooth audio streaming
USB port
Bluetooth audio streaming

Media Center 430

Features
CD player
DVD-compatible player
Media drive, large
USB port

Sun and Sound Group

Features
Sunroof
Satellite radio

Pop root

Features
Tow hook(s), front
Tow hook(s), rear
All-weather floor mats
White-letter tires
All-terrain tires
215/65R17 tires

Premium Sound Group

Features
Articulating liftgate speakers
Boston Acoustics, 458W, 9 speakers (with subwoofer)

Security and Cargo Convenience Group

Features
Remote start
Daytime running lights (optional)

Security and Cargo Convenience Group

Features
Universal garage door opener
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Roof rack crossbars
Cargo cover
Alarm
Compass
Alarm

Trailer Tow Prep. Group

Features
Trailering equipment (4 wire)
Oil cooler
Full-size spare tire

Off-Road Group

Features
Manual height adjuster, driver seat
Interior air filter
Skid plates
Hill start assist
Hill descent control

Uconnect Voice Command

Features
Bluetooth cell phone link
Voice control for external devices
Bluetooth audio streaming
USB port
Bluetooth audio streaming

Media Center 430

Features
CD player
DVD-compatible player
Media drive, large
USB port

Media Center 430N

Features
Navigation system
Traffic + travel information

Sun and Sound Group

Features
Sunroof
Satellite radio

Eyesight Driver Assist System

Features
Pedestrian detection
Adaptive cruise control
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system
Lane departure warning system
Automatic braking, low-speed
Automatic braking, high-speed
Forward collision alert
Lane sway warning system
Lead vehicle start alert

Navigation system

Features
Navigation system
Satellite radio
Voice control for nav and audio
SMS text-to-speech reader
Traffic + travel information
App support

All Weather Package

Features
Heated mirrors
Heated front seats
Wiper de-icer

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