2021 Toyota RAV4 vs Subaru Forester

2021 Toyota RAV4 vs Subaru Forester


For many drivers around Harvey, New Orleans, and Metairie, efficiency and versatile cargo space are what the compact crossover segment is all about. Plus, their small size makes maneuvering in busy city streets much easier.

If you’re shopping for a small crossover, you may want to read our Toyota RAV4 vs. Subaru Forester comparison. We at Bohn Toyota want to help you choose the best vehicle for you, and we think you’ll be impressed by these two capable crossovers! Contact us if you’d like to learn more.


Toyota RAV4 Interior

Interior Specs 

With 31.1 cubic feet of cargo volume in the base trim, the Subaru Forester is tough to beat as far as storage space. But the Toyota RAV4 manages, with 37.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats. While the RAV4 has consistent cargo space across all non-hybrid trims, the Forester’s capacity shrinks to 28.9 cubic feet when you opt for a higher trim level.

With the rear seats folded down, the two crossovers have similarly cavernous cargo bays, with max cargo space hovering near 70 cubic feet. You can store a wide range of items, including plenty of outdoor gear for your next adventure in the wild.


Toyota RAV4 Interior Technology

Advanced Safety Features 

The RAV4 and Forester both offer some impressive features within their respective driver-safety systems. The RAV4 offers Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 while the Subaru Forester features the Subaru EyeSight® system. Both of these safety systems incorporate the use of radar sensors and on-board cameras to measure the speed of the vehicles and their proximity to others on the road.

Each vehicle offers a pre-collision system, adaptive cruise control systems, and even lane-keeping systems. The RAV4, however, adds Road Sign Assist to the mix of intelligent safety features.


Toyota RAV4 Engine Specs

Performance Specs

The Toyota RAV4 and the Subaru Forester offer similar engines. Both vehicles come equipped with respective 2.5L 4-cylinder engines. The RAV4 engine is able to boast an impressive 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The Forester, on the other hand, is limited to 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque.

If you’re looking to economize on your next driving adventure, the Toyota RAV4 edges out the Subaru Forester slightly, with an EPA-estimated 27 city/35 highway MPG.1 The Forester gets just an EPA-estimated 26 city/33 highway MPG, meaning you’ll go farther on less fuel with the Toyota crossover.

If you choose the RAV4 Hybrid, you’ll get an EPA-estimated 41 city/38 highway MPG, giving you the most efficient ride available between the two crossovers.1 The Forester doesn’t come in a hybrid trim, so the RAV4 has a clear advantage here.

Interested in learning more? Check out our Toyota RAV4 reviews!


Toyota RAV4 vs Subaru Forester: The Verdict

As our Toyota RAV4 vs. Subaru Forester comparison shows, it’s clear that these compact crossovers each have incredible strengths. However, if you value storage space, efficiency, and safety features, you may prefer what the RAV4 has up its sleeve.

Decide for yourself! If you live near Harvey, New Orleans, or Metairie, schedule a test drive here at Bohn Toyota. Stop in, get behind the wheel, and see if the RAV4 is the perfect ride for you!

1 EPA-estimated 27 city/35 hwy/30 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 LE FWD and Limited FWD; 41 city/38 hwy/ 40 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 LE Hybrid, XLE Hybrid, XLE Premium Hybrid, XSE Hybrid and Limited Hybrid. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle’s condition and how/where you drive. See www.fueleconomy.gov.


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