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Toyota RAV4 VS Subaru Forester comparison

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Published on Jul 07, 2021
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This is a Motormouth couple car comparison of the Toyota RAV4 VS the Subaru Forester. The Subaru Forester is longer and taller than the Toyota RAV4 offering 2 inches more front legroom, over an inch more front headroom and 1.6 inches more rear legroom. The Subaru wins in overall cargo capacity offering 6.3 cubic feet more space. However, the RAV4 has 6.1 cubic feet more cargo space behind the second row seat. The RAV 4 gas model has more power than the Forester. They both have a 2.5L 4-cylinder, the Toyota with an 8-speed automatic transmission, 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The Forester is matched with a CVT with 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque The “best value” trim; it has orange accents throughout the interior with textured cloth seats and orange stitching. It has an 8” touchscreen, 6.5” is standard, Apple Carplay and Android Auto, a heated steering wheel (US top trims), heated front seats, a power drivers seat, manual for the passenger and reclining second row seats. In the US, the 6.5” touchscreen is standard on the Sport trim. The RAV4 comes with similar standard features as the Forester, our test model is the XLE trim which I consider to be the “best value” trim. It comes with a 7” touchscreen, heated leather wrapped steering wheel, heated fabric seats, an 8 way power adjustable drivers seat and a manual passenger seat. The RAV4 does not offer power passenger seats on any trims JD Power gives the 2021 RAV4 a quality and reliability score of 74/100 and the Forester 81/100. CarEdge states the RAV4 will retain 64% of its value after 5 years and the Forester 59%. The Toyota and Subaru are very close in fuel economy. RAV4 8.4L/100km, 28 MPG combined and Forester 8.2L/100km, 29 MPG combined.The RAV 4 comes with three powertrains, gas, hybrid and a PHEV, we are focusing on the gas model in our comparison. It has more power than the Subaru with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, it has 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torqueThe Forester comes with one engine, a 2.5L 4-cylinder with a CVT, it has 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque.The Forester shines off-road or in more challenging winter driving conditions with 220 mm of ground clearance and an x-mode driving setting which includes, trail capability and hill descent. It offers a smooth and comfortable ride, the steering, handling and braking is very good. The cabin noise increases when accelerating quickly but once up to speed it offers a quieter cabin. The Subaru is longer than the Toyota offering 2 inches more front legroom and an inch and half more headroom. Getting in and out of the Forester is easy with its large door openings especially for families still using car seats. The Sport model you see here which we picked as our best value trim has orange accents throughout the interior with textured cloth seats and orange stitching. All trims but the base and sport models, get silver stitching and finish. The Sport trim comes with an 8” touchscreen, 6.5” is standard, Apple Carplay and Android Auto, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, a power drivers seat, manual for the passenger and reclining second row seats. The top two trims will get you driver seat memory, an 8-way power passenger seat, a Harman Kardon 9 speaker sound system, leather seats and heated rear seats. The RAV4 comes with similar standard features as the Forester, our test model is the XLE trim which we consider to be the best value trim. It comes with a 7” touchscreen, heated leather wrapped steering wheel, heated fabric seats, an 8 way power adjustable drivers seat and a manual passenger seat. The RAV4 does not offer power passenger seats on any trims . The top two trims come standard with an 8” touchscreen, ventilated front seats, softex seats and wireless charging. Only on the top trim will you find heated rear seats and driver seat memory.

RAV4 review https://youtu.be/6NbogBReM_o
Forester review https://youtu.be/E1jnt119aDo

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