2017 Subaru Forester vs 2017 Toyota RAV4

At first glance, the Toyota RAV4 XLE and Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium seem to match up pretty evenly, but dig a little deeper and a different story emerges. The Toyota RAV4 XLE is by far the better prepared compact SUV, with more horsepower, more cargo space, and standard safety features not offered on the Subaru Forester.

With its robust suite of conveniences, and its coverage from Toyota's unmatched ToyotaCare No Cost Maintenance Plan, you can be sure RAV4 XLE will be ready for whatever lies ahead.

Toyota RAV4 vs Subaru Forester

Toyota RAV4 Key Competitive Advantages


The new Toyota RAV4 in Manchester CT has unique exterior design cues for a strong, dynamic SUV look that makes it stand out against not only the Subaru Forester, but all crossover competition. Enhanced interior materials and color options take that even further. For those that want the next level, Limited Platinum grades feature full body exterior color where the lower plastic cladding is color-keyed to the top body color.

Entertainment and Convenience Technology

Drivers will be pleased with the available technology offered on RAV4, especially the 7-in. audio display, Bird's Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan and Entune App Suite. Plus, RAV4 offers available Entune? Premium JBL Audio, which ups the speaker count to 11. The Subaru Forester and most of the competition just can't keep up. Limited Platinum grades even adds a heated steering wheel, 5-door Smart Key System2 and a foot-activated, Height-adjustable, power lift gate with jam protection.


The Toyota RAV4 is the right choice for any adventure. When it comes to versatility, RAV4 offers customers more with a proven AWD option, multiple driving modes, generous cargo capacity, sporty SE models and fuel-efficient yet powerful Hybrid models all of which set it apart from the rest. Add to that an SE Hybrid and Limited Platinum for even more options.


With eight standard airbags, Star Safety System?, Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) and Trailer-Sway Control (TSC) (standard on all grades except SE and SE Hybrid), RAV4 helps provide owners with peace of mind. It also offers advanced safety features like a Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), not available on the Subaru Forester and front and rear Parking Assist Sonar.

RAV4 even adds to this already impressive safety list with STANDARD Toyota Safety Sense? P, which features Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist function (LDA w/SA), Auto High Beams (AHB) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).

Toyota QDR And Value

Toyota's fourth-generation RAV4 continues the tradition of Quality, Durability and Reliability, (Toyota QDR) helping keep ownership costs low with competitive EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings for the Conventional models, segment-leading city and combined EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings on Hybrid models, and ToyotaCare's no-cost scheduled maintenance plan for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.


"Its combination of features, passenger space and everyday utility warrant a closer look if you're shopping for a small crossover."

"? for the way most people drive a compact-crossover SUV, the RAV4 has everything they need."

"With its low cost of ownership, efficiency, and safety ratings, the RAV4 will make lots of sense for some buyers, especially those who have an attachment to the Toyota brand."

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