2018 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2018 Subaru Forester

2018 Toyota RAV4

At a Glance
Dating back to 1994, RAV4 is a true pioneer of the compact crossover SUV segment. Now in its fourth generation, the five-seat RAV4 stands out as a dynamic and stylish option for buyers looking to blend a smooth car-like ride with the cargo and capability of a small SUV. Counting its all-wheel-drive variants and its high-tech hybrid models, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is available in over a dozen models and configurations.

2018 Subaru Forester

What is it?
Like Toyota's RAV4 and Honda's CR-V the 2018 Subaru Forester is an early settler in the compact crossover SUV segment. The Forester was introduced in 1997 and is based loosely on the Impreza platform and follows Subaru's traditional formula of offering only all-wheel-drive-models.

What's the latest?
Like the RAV4, Forester is in it's fourth generation. The 2018 models offer a choice between a 2.5 naturally aspirated engine and a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine as well as either a continously variable transmission (CVT) or a six speed manual transmission. For 2018, Forester is offered in six different models and a new Black Edition package for the 2.5i Premium trim. 

How does the 2018 Subaru Forester stack up against the 2018 Toyota RAV4?
New for 2018
Aside from a new exterior color and a change to seat material availability, RAV4 enters 2018 with one key addition: the all-new Adventure trim. This exciting new model is perfectly outfitted to attract the more rugged, outdoor-oriented RAV4 buyer.

  • 18-inch five-spoke black alloy wheels with 235/55R18 tires1
  • Large overfender flares 
  • Lower body guards
  • Black headlight bezels and fog lamp surrounds
  • Roof racks
  • Adventure badging
  • Unique interior trim panels
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • 120V/100W power outlet in the cargo area
  • Adventure door sill protectors
  • All-weather mats floor and cargo mats with Adventure logo
 Cold Weather Package
  • Heated/power fabric front-row seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Wiper de-icer
 Other Changes
  • Available heated/power fabric front-row seats on XLE models
  • Ruby Flare Pearl exterior color

Other Changes
  • Available heated/power fabric front-row seats on XLE models
  • Ruby Flare Pearl exterior color