2021 Forester vs Toyota RAV4

Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4 

Globally, the trend is swinging towards smaller, more efficient SUVs that can handle the entire family and more. Two vehicles come immediately into the spotlight, the best-selling Subaru Forester and the best-selling Toyota RAV4. Both vehicles tell us a story of high quality, outstanding capability, and room for everyone and everything on those weekend getaways. On the surface, both vehicles have a substantial amount in common, but an in depth look truly differentiates the two vehicles and without question the trend favors the Subaru Forester as far as value, ability, technology, and safety. Take a deeper look at the 2021 models of the Toyota RAV4 and the Subaru Forester and see for yourself which one truly comes out on top.

The Subaru lineup consistently comes standard with all-wheel drive, whereas the RAV4 base model comes available in front wheel drive. A result of the symmetrical standard all-wheel drive capability pushes the Subaru ahead in off road and trail capability, and gives the Forester a bump when driving in hazardous conditions. Taking a look at overall efficiency, both vehicles have very similar fuel economy, but with one major difference that separates each vehicle. the Toyota RAV4 leads the way with fuel efficiency at 28/33 miles per gallon, but only on its front wheel drive model. The Subaru Forester with its symmetrical all-wheel drive operates at 26/32 miles per gallon, which is a common fuel rating for all-wheel drive vehicles.

Taking a look at the interior features of each vehicle, you can see the Subaru Forester pull ahead if even under the slightest conditions. The Subaru design has remained relatively unchanged for a couple generations, and as such engineers have been able to maximize the amount of space given to them. The Forester outmatches the RAV4 with cargo space even though the RAV4's interior is larger. With the seats folded down the maximum cargo capacity of the Forester is 76.1 cubic feet compared to the RAV4's maximum 69.8 cubic feet. Numbers will vary slightly depending on the trim but at every turn the Forester proves to be able to handle more cargo. In addition to cargo space the Subaru Forester has more room for passengers in both the front and back row, and moving beyond the RAV4 the Forester has the most room among most in the compact SUV segment. In order to enhance the increased interior space, the Forester also provides larger passenger and driver doors for ease of access.

One of the biggest benefits of the Subaru Forester is its price point, which seems to undercut the RAV4 at every turn. The base models of the Subaru Forester start around $24,795, with the base of the RAV4 beginning at $26,000. While the difference in price may be marginal, the difference between the base models and the RAV4's front wheel drive and the Forester's AWD means you can do more with the Forester's base model. All-wheel drive is available on the RAV4's upper trims, but come to drivers at an additional cost.