2019 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Toyota RAV4 LE

2019 Toyota RAV4

2019 Subaru Forester blue

2019 Subaru Forester

3,500 pounds

Maximum Towing Capacity

1,500 pounds
35 mpg*

Highway Fuel Economy

33 mpg
203 hp

Standard Engine Horsepower

182 hp
Available in Base Trim

Blind Spot Monitor

Requires Upgrade

Any driver who spends time searching for a new SUV will eventually narrow their search down to a couple of superior options, and if you’re anything like most of our neighbors near Buford, there’s a good chance you’ve asked: “Which car is better: Subaru Forester or Toyota RAV4?”

Superior performance specs and features have made the 2019 Toyota RAV4 and the 2019 Subaru Forester extraordinarily popular, but your choice doesn’t have to be a difficult one. Once you compare the Subaru Forester to Toyota RAV4 with Beaver Toyota of Cumming, you won’t have any trouble seeing where Toyota crossovers and SUVs come out ahead.

Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4: Performance

If you’re choosing a new vehicle for your daily drives, you’ll need to make sure that it fulfills your every demand. Few factors are more important than performance, and it’s not hard to see that the RAV4 wins out in nearly every area that matters to the Alpharetta area’s drivers.

  • The Subaru Forester makes all-wheel drive a standard feature right from the start. However, since the RAV4 offers AWD as an option in every trim, this isn’t a significant advantage.
  • The Subaru Forester towing capacity maxes out at just 1,500 pounds! Although this is also the baseline capacity of the RAV4, the latter can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped and upgraded.
  • These two SUVs both get 26 mpg on city streets*. However, the Toyota RAV4 wins out on the highway with 35 mpg, compared to 33 in the Subaru*.
  • The RAV4 doesn’t need to compromise on power in order to offer superior highway fuel economy. Its engine delivers 203 hp, compared to just 182 hp with the Forester.

If you’d like your next family SUV to be a hybrid, you’re in luck! The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will go on sale later this year. The Subaru Forester doesn’t yet offer a hybrid option.

Which Car is Better: Subaru Forester or Toyota RAV4 Safety Features

Subaru and Toyota both have a great reputation for safety, but the more recently-updated RAV4 simply offers a superior suite of standard features and options. Explore the differences in detail, now:

  • The Forester comes standard with EyeSight® driver assist technology, while the RAV4 comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS 2.0). Each package offers features like adaptive cruise control and pre-collision braking, but if you’d like to enjoy automatic high beams and road sign assistance, you’ll have to choose the Toyota.
  • The RAV4 doesn’t just offer more standard features, it also gives drivers more options from the start. If you’d like to equip a Blind Spot Monitor or a Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, you’ll need to upgrade the Forester to a more expensive trim. By contrast, both features are optional in the baseline trim of the RAV4.

Schedule Your Test Drive at Beaver Toyota of Cumming

Comparing the Toyota RAV4 vs. Subaru Forester, there really isn’t much of a contest after all! Superior performance and safety features make the RAV4 the obvious choice. If you’re ready to select a new SUV for your adventures around Johns Creek, we think you’ll find plenty to get excited about when you come to Beaver Toyota of Cumming. Explore our Toyota RAV4 lease dealsnew RAV4 inventory, apply for financing, and schedule your test drive today! If you’re still doing research, find out how the RAV4 wins out against another popular competitor, the 2019 Honda CR-V.

*Based on 2019 EPA estimates.

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