Subaru Forester vs Toyota RAV4

Both the 2018 Toyota RAV4 and the 2018 Subaru Forester lead their class when it comes to performance, interior space, and technology. So, how will crossover shoppers in the Lowell, Dracut, and Tewksbury areas be able to choose between them?

That's what we at Ira Toyota of Tewksbury hope to help you do with this detailed comparison. Read ahead to learn more about how the Forester and the RAV4 stack up against each other in the categories you care about the most!

Forester vs RAV4: Performance

2018 Toyota Rav4

As competitively capable crossover SUVs, the 2018 Subaru Forester and the 2018 Toyota RAV4 have some commonality under the front hood. Both models are standardly powered by 2.5-L 4-cylinder engines that boast around a respectable 170 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque.

However, when it comes to efficiency, the Toyota RAV4 goes above and beyond with its four Hybrid trims. These Super Ultra Low Emission trims are good for both the environment and your gas tank as it achieves an impressive EPA-estimated 34 city MPG1.

With the Forester, you won't have any hybrid options. As a result, you'll only be able to achieve an EPA-estimated 26 city MPG.

Forester vs RAV4: Space & Comfort

2018 Toyota Rav4

Interior space is a priority when you're on the hunt for an SUV. Both the 2018 Subaru Forester and the 2018 Toyota RAV4 deliver when it comes to cargo with both models offering 73+ cubic feet of total cargo space with all three rear seats folded down. Utilize the 60/40-split folding rear seats to customize your cargo space and get the perfect passenger-to-cargo ratio.

When you can't sacrifice any seats, though, the RAV4 still has you covered with plenty of cargo space. Even with all five seats in use, the RAV4 sports a whopping 38.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row of seats. The Forester, on the other hand, only offers 34.4 cubic feet so you may have to leave some stuff behind if you need to use all five seats for passengers.

Forester vs RAV4: Technology

The interiors of the 2018 Subaru Forester and the 2018 Toyota RAV4 aren't just spacious-they're tech-savvy, too. Both models offer touchscreen infotainment systems that support standard Bluetooth® wireless phone-calling and audio-streaming as well as available turn-by-turn navigation.

There are a few features you'll miss out on in the Forester, though, like the RAV4's Siri® Eyes-Free feature. Link your Apple iPhone to the RAV4 using its standard Bluetooth® connectability and you'll be able to utilize its Siri® voice command recognition with just the touch of a button on your steering wheel.

The RAV4 goes one step further still by offering an available Bird's Eye View Camera. This advanced camera gives you a 360-degree view of your vehicle's surroundings right on the infotainment screen. Unfortunately, you'll have to settle for just a rear view camera in the Forester.

Subaru Forester vs Toyota RAV4: Which One?

As you can see, the 2018 Subaru Forester has some good features but the 2018 Toyota RAV4 comes out on top. See what else the RAV4 can do by taking a test drive at Ira Toyota of Tewksbury. Shoppers in the Lowell, Dracut, and Tewksbury areas can schedule one today by giving us a call!

1 2018 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.

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