Manufacturers’ numbers games are always both fun and frustrating, IMHO, and Subaru doesn’t disappoint.
The vehicle ID plate at the bottom of my car’s driver-side “B” pillar states the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is 4,480 lbs (2035 KG). Subaru’s spec sheet for the ’09 Forester
says the various models’ curb weights range from 3,250 lbs for the base X model with an MT up to 3,460 lbs for the XT Limited w/ AT – a 210 lb. difference.
These numbers would suggest a load (options, passengers, and cargo) capacity ranging from 4,480 lbs – 3,250 lbs = 1,230 lbs for the Base X, to 4,480 lbs – 3,460 lbs = 1,020 lbs for the XT Limited.
I have no idea where the 900 lb (408 KG) capacity limit came from. Perhaps Subaru chose a value based on the heaviest model (the XT Limited w/ AT; 1,020 lbs) and then calculated in 10% safety factor (1,020 lbs x 90% = 918 lbs). Note that this is purely speculation on my part.
To further complicate matters, Consumer Reports
lists their measured curb weights at 3,200 lbs and 3,405 lbs respectively.
Jim / crewzer