Toyota RAV4 vs Subaru Forester

When you're on the hunt for a fun crossover with enough cargo space to bring the essentials for the beach or embark on that long-awaited road trip, you've got a few different options to consider. If you're facing a tough decision between the 2018 Toyota RAV4 vs. Subaru Forester, you may need a little push in the right direction. At Ira Toyota of Danvers, we're here to help the fun-loving drivers of Danvers, Peabody, and Salem who are facing this dilemma by comparing these two stylish and energetic crossovers.

Keep reading our Toyota RAV4 vs. Subaru Forester comparison to find out which option is right for you!

Toyota RAV4 vs Subaru Forester Performance & Power

2018 Toyota Rav4

The Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester each come equipped with respective 2.5L 4-cylinder engines. However, there's a difference in the performance with these slightly similar engines that you'll need to know about. The RAV4 generates 176 horsepower and comes equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission while the Forester tops off at 170 horsepower and comes with a 6-speed manual. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 also offers a Hybrid 2.5L 4-cylinder for the progressive driver, which generates 194 net horsepower. The Subaru Forester offers a turbocharged engine, but lacks in the eco-friendly hybrid offering.

Technology & Entertainment

Adding to the fun and adventure, both of these crossovers come fully-loaded with some impressive tech and amenities to add enjoyment to your trips. Both the RAV4 and Forester feature touchscreen displays that are a little more than 6-inches respectively. These screens provide ease and convenience when selecting entertainment from the radio, CD/MP3 player, and USB/auxiliary inputs for portable media. However, the Toyota touchscreen, the Entune™ system, includes voice recognition technology that lets you choose your media and phone contact selections through voice commands. This is an upgradeable option with the Subaru Forester.

Driver-Assistance Features

2018 Toyota Rav4 Driver

The Toyota RAV4 comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense™ P system, which is a bundle of driver-assisting technology. This bundle includes features that utilize front mounted sensors in the form of Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control which factors in your preferred cruising speed and a distance from the object ahead. This system will favor the distance and will adjust to the flow of traffic to keep you moving and thwart any collision risks. The Subaru Forester offers the Eye Sight® system, however, there are some considerable upgrades to include these driver-assisting technology features,

Deciding Between the Toyota RAV4 vs Subaru Forester

Now that you're a little more acquainted with these crossovers, you're probably starting to lean. Our 2018 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2018 Subaru Forester comparison gave you the much-needed insight to help you figure out which vehicle is more of a fit for you. While you're aware of the several notable advantages held by the RAV4, you're better off seeing it in-person to be absolutely sure that it's the right choice.

Schedule a test drive with us at Ira Toyota of Danvers. We're happy to help drivers near Danvers, Peabody, and Salem learn more about the vehicles they're interested in!


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