Subaru Forester vs Toyota RAV4

Like many drivers from around Boston, you are doing a little bit of research and comparing different SUVs to ensure you get the vehicle that best meets your needs and budget. And with so many similar vehicles all claiming to be the best, it can be tricky to find exactly what you are looking for. This is why we have done the hard work of comparing the Toyota RAV4 to the Subaru Forester, so all you have to do is climb being the wheel and go for a test drive to fully experience everything the Forester has to offer firsthand.


Drivers from Belmont to Danvers and everywhere in between want a safe vehicle, and with recent advancements in technology, advanced safety features are one of the most important things that your next new SUV has to offer. The Toyota RAV4 has been a popular choice for many drivers in the past couple of years because it comes equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense™ standard. All Subaru Forester models come equipped with the superior Subaru EyeSight™ Driver Assist Technology. Every 2020 Subaru Forester is now equipped Pre-Collision Braking, Pre-Collision Throttle Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Keep Assist with Sway Warning. Toyota Safety Sense also features four advanced safety features but does not include Pre-Collision Throttle Management.

In addition to EyeSight the Subaru Forester has a number of other advanced safety features like standard LED Headlights with available Steering Responsive technology. Or Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Reverse Automatic Braking. The Toyota RAV4 doesn't offer come standard with LED Headlights and also doesn’t offer steering responsive technology or reverse automatic braking. The 2019 Forester is also available with DriverFocus which is a safety feature that recognizes when the drivers attention is not solely focused on the road ahead. And alerts your to bring your attention back to the road. This is another safety feature that the Toyota RAV4 does not offer.

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Drivers in the Belmont area know that when the snow starts falling, it almost doesn’t seem to stop, and having a vehicle that can get you home no matter how much snow falls is key. Thankfully, the Subaru Forester comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The Forester is the only vehicle in its class to come standard with all-wheel-drive; the Toyota RAV4 is available with a not-as-effective all-wheel-drive for an additional cost. The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system helps put the Subaru miles ahead of the RAV4 by evenly supplying power to all four wheels for optimal traction and control no matter the conditions.

In addition to standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, the Forester features some additional performance equipment that enhances your driving experience. The X-MODE® and Hill Descent Control works in tandem with the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system to maximize traction on slippery surfaces. The Forester also delivers a more spirited performance with its 182-horsepower BOXER engine. The RAV4 generates 203 horsepower and doesn’t offer similar performance features..

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It sometimes seems like the cool new features advertised on TV are only available on the most expensive trim level or for an additional cost with a package. The Subaru Forester happens to have a number of those cool new features standard. Another feature that isn't standard on the Toyota RAV4 without paying extra is Wi-Fi capability - the Forester is available with. The Forester also features a beautiful panoramic power moonroof, STARLINK Multimedia system, and much more. While the RAV4 offers plenty of competing technology, you will need to pay more for the base model to enjoy the same features offered by the Subaru Forester.

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Passenger & Cargo Space

Many Boston drivers choose to drive an SUV for several reasons, including more spacious interior and voluminous cargo areas than a small car can offer. Yet again, the Subaru Forester outshines the Toyota RAV4 with more comfortable seating for five and more versatile cargo space to meet your needs.

    Toyota RAV4:
  • Headroom Front/Rear: 37.7/39.5 inches
  • Legroom Front/Rear: 41.0/37.8 inches
  • Passenger Space: 98.9 cubic feet
  • Cargo Space: 37.6 cubic feet
  • Maximum Cargo Space: 69.8 cubic feet
    Subaru Forester:
  • Headroom Front/Rear: 41.2/39.6 inches
  • Legroom Front/Rear: 43.3/39.4 inches
  • Passenger Space: 111.9 cubic feet
  • Cargo Space: 31.1 cubic feet
  • Maximum Cargo Space: 76.1 cubic feet
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If it seems like there are a lot of drivers in the Wakefield area behind the wheel of a Subaru Forester, you aren't seeing things. There are a lot of Subaru Foresters on the road because the Forester is one of the most versatile compact SUVs on the road. Not to mention that the Subaru Forester is also one of the most highly awarded vehicles on the road today. The Forester has been award with awards that include the 2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick+, IIHS Superior Front Crash Prevention, and the Number 1 Brand Loyalty for Two Years in a Row from JD Power.

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In addition to being hailed as one of the safest, fuel-efficient, and most affordable vehicles on the road, the Subaru Forester is built to last. 98% of Subaru vehicles sold in the last ten years are still on the road today, which speaks volumes about Subaru's commitment to building vehicles that keep on going. And the best way to experience the Subaru Foresters is by making your way down to Subaru of Wakefield for a test drive today! We look forward to helping you find the perfect Subaru SUV for your lifestyle and getting you great financing options that work for your monthly budget!