Toyota RAV4 vs Subaru Forester in Louisville, KY

Toyota RAV4
Subaru Forester
Specs*
MPG 27/35 26/33
Safety Features Toyota Safety Sense, Star Safety System, Safety Connect EyeSight Driver Assistance Technology
Engine 2.5-Liter Dynamic Force 4-Cylinder engine with DOHC 16-Valve with D-4S Dual Injection and Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (Dual VVT-i) 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER 4-cylinder
Horsepower 203 182
Torque 184 lb-ft 176 lb-ft
Overall Width/Height/Length 73 in/67 in/180.9 in 71.5 in/67.5 in/182.1 in
Seating 5 5
Towing 1,500 1,500
Hybrid Available? Yes No
MSRP $25,850 $24,495

When you’re ready for a compact SUV, the options are endless. However, we see a lot of drivers eager to compare the Toyota RAV4 and the Subaru Forester. While both SUVs are impressive, they have distinct differences that might make it easier to decide on a model. At Oxmoor Toyota, our Louisville, Kentucky location is all about finding you a vehicle that fits seamlessly into your lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for a car that can handle the morning carpool with ease or something that allows your dogs to join you on your next camping trip, we have you covered. Compare these two models side-by-side, then swing by our dealership for an exclusive test drive behind the wheel of the Toyota RAV4! We promise you won’t be disappointed.

There are a lot of similarities between the Toyota RAV4 and the Subaru Forester. Take for example the warranty, both vehicles have a great basic warranty that lasts for either 36 months of 36,000 miles as well as a powertrain warranty that lasts 60 months or 60,000 miles. However, even though these cars both share reliability, they have differences that make choosing a vehicle easier.

Take for example the miles per gallon; fuel efficiency pays off the more you drive. The more fuel-efficient a car is, the less gas you’ll have to pay for over the course of a vehicle’s lifetime. The Toyota RAV4 is more efficient on city streets and highway roads alike, saving you money at the gas station. Even though the Toyota RAV4 is more fuel-efficient, it also comes with a sportier engine that has more powerful capabilities. While the Subaru Forester boasts 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque, the Toyota RAV4 offers 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, allowing you to accelerate more quickly across tough intersections.

One of the most important differences is the safety features of each vehicle. While the Toyota RAV4 starts at a higher price, it is because it comes with so many standard safety features that are merely optional on a Subaru Forester. Whether you have precious cargo in the back or have loaded up your entire family, it’s so important to choose all the safety features you can. The Toyota RAV4 comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alerts with steering assist, lane tracing assist, automatic high beams, full-speed range dynamic radar, cruise control, and even road sign assist. It doesn’t end there; the Toyota RAV4 comes with the beloved Star Safety System, which includes enhanced stability control, traction control, an anti-lock brake system, electronic brake-force distribution, and smart stop technology. Plus, your Toyota RAV4 also comes with Safety Connect, which includes smart features like emergency assistance, stolen vehicle locator, roadside assistance, and automatic collision notification. Take advantage of standard trail-sway control when towing the boat to the Ohio River, or use hill start and downhill assist control on steep hiking adventures. The Subaru Forester comes with EyeSight Driver Assistance Technology, which is equipped with adaptive cruise control, a pre-collision braking system, lane departure, sway warning, and lane-keep assist. It also comes with vehicle dynamics control, traction control, active torque vectoring, trailer stability assist, and brake assist. However, it does not come standard with hill descent control, high beam assist, blind-spot detection, cross-traffic alerts, and lane change assists. The Toyota RAV4 has way more standard safety features which would cost more with the Subaru Forester.

Focused on technology upgrades? The Toyota RAV4 comes standard with remote keyless entry, an electric parking brake, and brake hold, as well as a 7-inch touchscreen. While the Subaru Forester comes with an auto start-stop system, it does not come standard with keyless access or push-button start. It also comes with a smaller touchscreen, just 6.5-inches. Another perk is that you can purchase a Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, but the Subaru Forester does not have a hybrid model available.

Many drivers and critiques find the rugged-yet-sleek lines of the Toyota RAV4 to be more attractive than the exterior of the Subaru Forester. While photos can tell you a lot about a car, Oxmoor Toyota suggests seeing the vehicle in-person to understand the beauty and craftsmanship that goes into the iconic and innovative Toyota RAV4. Come on down to our Louisville, KY Toyota dealership to explore our lineup of new and used Toyota RAV4 SUVs. As we always say, ‘You Get More at Oxmoor’.

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