How Does the Subaru Forester Compare to the Toyota RAV4?


There are a lot of different compact SUV models on the road here in Wallingford and if you're in the market for one of these vehicles then you have some tough choices to make. Vehicles like the Subaru Forester and the Toyota RAV4 can seem pretty similar, so it can be difficult to determine which one is best for you. At Quality Subaru: Clearance Center of CT we would be happy to help you decide.

 Subaru Forester vs Toyota RAV4 


There’s finally a vehicle that cares about your family just as much as you do. Whether you’re driving the kids to school or going on a family road trip, the Subaru Forester will get you there every time.

To keep your family safe, the Forester comes standard with numerous safety features. While you’re constantly on the go and looking ahead to the next stop, the rear-vision camera will be on the lookout for what’s behind you. With standard daytime running lights, your path will always be lit – from the moment you start until it’s time for lights out. And with seven standard airbags, there’s plenty of love to go around.

Now with the available EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, you’ll always have an extra set of eyes on the road to protect those closest to you on your daily drives. From pre-collision breaking to adaptive cruise control, Subaru has taken safety to a whole new level.

For Subaru, safety doesn’t end on the production line. Even after you drive off the lot, your safety is still our priority. That’s why every Forester comes with 24-hour roadside assistance for 3 years or 36,000 miles. Whenever you and your family need it, help is just a phone call away.

The Toyota RAV4 may have safety features comparable to those in the Forester, but for more money. The base model RAV4 starts at $24,350, whereas the base model Forester starts at $22,395. Why spend more money for the same thing? You can use that extra money on fun for the whole family.

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A vehicle’s performance speaks volumes about the brand’s overall philosophy. At Subaru, we believe that you need a dependable vehicle to accommodate your family’s busy lifestyle.

Every Forester comes standard with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and the Subaru Boxer® Engine, providing you with maximum control and power behind the wheel. As the owner of a Forester, your family can always count on you to get them to where they need to go.

You’re not only a responsible parent, but also a responsible driver. That’s why Subaru has made the Forester a vehicle you can be proud to own. With 32 highway MPG1 and Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) status, being on the move has never felt so good. Even when driving, you’re doing your part to preserve the environment for future generations. Now that’s what you call love.

With unmatched performance, it’s no wonder the Forester is the longest-lasting compact crossover in America.2

The RAV4 comes standard as a front-wheel drive vehicle. This means that at all times, you only have two wheels in motion. When you and your family are running from one thing to the next, you don’t have time for setbacks. If you drive the Forester, you can be certain that you’ll get to your destination without difficulty.

1. EPA estimated fuel economy for 2016 Forester 2.5i CVT at 32 highway MPG. Actual mileage may vary.
2.Based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. Vehicles In Operation vs. New Vehicle Registrations in the Non-Luxury Compact CUV segment for MY2004-2014 as of September 2014.

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With entertainment for the whole family in the Forester, the daily drive never gets old. Every Forester comes standard with Starlink in-vehicle technology, bringing you almost endless entertainment options. With the Aha smartphone app integration, you have instant access to music, maps, news, and more. Even though you’re on the go, you’ll never feel like you’re out of touch. Plus, with steering wheel controls, you never have to remove your hands from the wheel.

If you’re driving in a RAV4, the daily drive may get boring rather quickly. The base model’s Entune Audio only has music and phone capabilities. You get these features and much more in the Forester.

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Passenger & Cargo Space

The Forester has lots of room for lots of possibilities. With 108.3 cubic feet of cabin space, front and rear passengers alike can be comfortable on the drive. And, when you fold down the 60/40 split rear seats, 74.7 cubic feet of cargo space becomes available. That’s plenty of room for those soccer bags, backpacks, and whatever else you pick up on the way.

Even when you fold down the rear seats in the RAV4, there’s only 73.4 cubic feet of cargo space. When you’re driving non-stop from morning until evening, you need as much space as you can get.

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An IIHS Top Safety Pick for ten years running (2007 – 2016)

Built to Maintain Value.
The Subaru Forester received a 2016 Best Resale Value Award from Kelley Blue Book’s [1]

98% of Subaru Forester vehicles sold in the last 10 years are still on the road today. [2]

Leader in Fuel-Efficiency
At 32 mpg highway, the AWD Forester delivers better fuel economy than even some two-wheel drive competitors.[3]

Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle – PZEV[4]

1. Vehicle’s projected resale value is specific to the 2016 model year. For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book’s Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.
2. Based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. vehicles in operation vs. new vehicle registrations in the Non-Luxury Compact CUV segment for MY2007 – 2016 as of February 2016.
3. EPA-estimated hwy fuel economy for 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i CVT models. Actual mileage may vary.
4. PZEV emissions warranty applies to only certain states. See your retailer for complete information on emission and new car limited warranties.

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So how does the Forester stack up to the RAV4?

 Subaru Forester vs Toyota RAV4 


  • Five-person seating capacity.

  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats.

  • 1500-pound towing capacities.

  • Available driver-assist technology
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Subaru Forester Benefits:

  • More affordable: The Forester starts at $22,595 while the RAV4 starts at $24,350.
  • Two available engines: The Forester offers a choice of a 170-hrsepower engine and a 250-horsepower engine for a more personalized drive, while the RAV4 only offers one option.
  • Three available transmissions: You can choose between a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed CVT and an 8-speed CVT depending on your preferences, while the RAV4 only offers one option.
  • Standard AWD: The Forester comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, while AWD costs extra in the RAV4.

Toyota RAV4 Benefits:

  • More standard horsepower: The RAV4 comes standard with 176 horsepower, while the Forester comes standard with 170 horsepower.
  • Bodyside step: You can enjoy the convenience of a bodyside step in the RAV4, which you won't find in the Forester.
  • Bird's eye view camera: The RAV4 offers the convenience of a top-down view of your surroundings, which you won't find in the Forester.
  • Smart key system: You'll find a keyless entry system in the RAV4, which you won't find in the Forester.

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