Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4


    
 

Toyota RAV4 XLE AWD vs Subaru Forester Premium

 


Planet's Executive Summary
Both are all-new for 2019, so either way you get the latest technology offered by both companies. Comparably equipped, each retails for about $29,000, which buys you a safe, stylish, and practical vehicle with a great reputation for quality. 
RAV4 styling takes a significant departure from the angular Toyota styling of yore; the new look is "chunky" like a Tacoma. Even as almost everything on the car has been replaced, the new Subaru styling is evolutionary rather revolutionary. It's understated maintains the generous glazing that makes for excellent outside visibility. 





What do they have in common?

Standard Features
:
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Power windows, locks, mirrors
  • 3 year, 36,000 mile comprehensive warranty; 5/60 powertrain
  • 1,500 pound towing capacity

Optional Features

  • Heated seats, heated mirrors
  • Power rear gate with memory height (Watch Forester operation)
  • Navigation
  • Dual zone climate control

Standard Safety:

  • Vehicle stability control to avoid skids; 
  • Brake override system;
  • Anti-lock brakes with brake assist; 
  • Learn all about how these safety features work. 
Similar Dimensions:
  • RAV4 is two inches wider.
  • Forester is one inch longer.
  • Forester is one inch taller.




Differences
RAV4 
 Forester







All Wheel Drive System

Forester was built from the ground up with all wheel drive; Toyota started with a front driver and bolted some extra hardware later. 

 



All wheel drive optional. 















Ground clearance

Subaru engineers keep mass low for good handling, but clearance high for better performance in the snow and off road. 











6.3 inches








8.7 inches






Cargo Space

RAV4 has slightly more volume; Forester is about an inch taller so it's better for big pets.  Dog costs extraMeet Blue, our Greeter.

















 

73 cubic feet (seats down)
38 cubic feet (seats up)

 











71 cubic feet (seats down)
35 cubic feet (seats up)




Passenger Volume

Forester is a smidgen roomier inside for people.







101 Cubic Feet

 

108 cubic feet











Standard Engine















2.5 liter in-line
four cylinder

176 horsepower






2.5 liter Boxer
 
four cylinder

182 horsepower



Fuel Economy
Forester gets better mileage with all wheel drive than the RAV4 gets with just front wheel drive!





Six speed automatic
transmission

AWD: 22 city, 28 hwy
FWD:  24 city, 31 hwy



Continuously variable
auto transmission


AWD: 26 city, 33 hwy








Outward Visibility

Notice how narrow the rear windows are in the rear of the RAV4?  In the Forester, you see areas that are blind spots in the RAV4.













 


 
 


 
 
Airbags
Both cars have:
  • Two front airbags that deploy from the steering wheel or dash;
  • Two torso airbags that deploy from the edge of the front seats;
  • Two curtain airbags that deploy from the roof
  • Driver knee airbag











RAV4 has one more
airbag...a knee airbag
for front passenger.




 






Optional Power
Moonroof

Forester has panoramic moonroof almost twice as big as RAV4
















 
Regular Size





Super Size








Purchase and Ownership Experience

You can buy a Subaru at Planet, but not a Toyota.











Free Scheduled Maintenance








Toyota covers oil
changes for two
years or 25,000
miles. 
 







Not available






Small Overlap Crash Tests by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Both earn the highest rating, Top Safety Pick Plus, when equipped with optional driver assistance technology.
 







RAV4 test results








 Forester test results
 


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