Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4 | Chicago, IL

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2019 Subaru Forester vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4

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Deciding between the 2019 Subaru Forester and 2018 Toyota RAV4 is difficult. Both SUVs offer unmistakable features and technologies to simplify your daily drive, but only one fits your lifestyle best. The Grand Subaru experts in Chicago, IL, compiled the information you need to make your decision easy. Be sure to check out our new 2019 Subaru Forester inventory to find the Forester trim for you. If you have any questions about the 2019 Subaru Forester, please call our Subaru dealership at (888) 840-3934 or fill out our online form.

For the purposes of this comparison, we'll use the AWD 2019 Subaru Forester Premium, starting at $26,695 MSRP, and 2018 Toyota RAV4 XLE, starting at $27,150 MSRP.

Interior & Design

Interior and exterior comforts are accentuated in both family SUVs. With seating for five, a power moonroof, keyless entry system, and multifunctional display, both the 2019 Subaru Forester and 2018 Toyota RAV4 offer quality amenities. Below are available interior and design features you'll only find on the 2019 Forester.

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle
  • LED headlights
  • Raised roof rails

2019 Subaru Forester Interior and Toyota RAV4 Interior

Safety & Technology

Confidence comes from the peace of mind only outstanding safety and technology standards can provide. Both the 2019 Subaru Forester and 2018 Toyota RAV4 SUVs have a rear-vision camera and substantial safety systems. While both feature touchscreen multimedia displays, only the Subaru Forester has STARLINK™ 6.5-in. multimedia plus technology. View the 2019 Subaru Forester available safety and technology features below.

  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi® capability
  • Dual front-row USB ports
  • EyeSight® driver assist technology
  • Hill descent control
  • SUBARU STARLINK™ multimedia
  • X-MODE®

2019 Subaru Forester parked outside of a cabin

Engine & Specs

With two similar engines, the 2019 Subaru Forester and 2018 Toyota RAV4 both offer an exciting drive. However, only the Forester has standard symmetrical AWD, automatic stop-start system, and Lineartronic® 7-speed CVT. Explore the 2019 Forester and 2018 RAV4 engine specifications below.

2019 Subaru Forester


2018 Toyota RAV4



Dynamic Force 2.5L I-4

182 HP @ 5,800 RPM


176 HP @ 6,000 RPM

176 lbs.-ft. @ 4,400 RPM


172 lbs.-ft. @ 4,100 RPM


MPG (city/hwy)


Towing Capacity

When it comes to your crossover SUV, towing capacity cannot be underrated. For your next camping trip or weekend errands, both the 2019 Subaru Forester and 2018 Toyota RAV4 boast an impressive maximum towing of 1,500 lbs.

2019 Subaru Forester carrying mountain bikes on roof rack

Price & Incentives

Treat yourself to superb quality for an affordable price with the 2019 Subaru Forester. The all-new Subaru Forester Premium starts at $26,695 MSRP. Browse our 2019 Subaru Forester lease deals and Subaru incentives to save big on your next SUV.

Schedule a Test Drive

If you're ready for adventure that lasts a lifetime, test-drive the 2019 Subaru Forester at Grand Subaru in Chicago, IL. This family SUV won't disappoint! To learn more about the 2019 Subaru Forester, contact a Grand Subaru specialist at (888) 840-3934 or fill out our online form.

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You're ready to upgrade your daily drive with a new compact SUV, but which one should you choose? The new Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 are two of the most popular models available in the Chicagoland area. Both are designed to make your commute more comfortable, and your weekends more adventurous. But which one stands out more when the two are compared side-by-side? Continue reading to learn which compact SUV is the superior option.

For the purpose of this comparison, the Subaru Forester 2.5i will be compared to the Toyota RAV4 LE.

Subaru Forester Vs Toyota RAV4

Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4: Performance Features

While the new Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 come standard with 2.5L four-cylinder engines, they each provide a very different driving experience. The Forester comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive to deliver traction and stability when you need it most. Key performance specs for the RAV4 and Forester are as follows:

Subaru Forester

Compact SUV

Toyota RAV4

2.5L H4


2.5L I4

170 HP


176 HP

174 lb.-ft.


172 lb.-ft.

26 MPG city**
32 MPG highway**

Fuel Efficiency

23 MPG city**
30 MPG highway**

Symmetrical AWD

Drive Type


Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4: Safety & Technology

Subaru Forester Vs Toyota RAV4 Technology 

With Toyota's reputation for including advanced safety and technology features, there isn't a new compact SUV that can match the new RAV4, right? Actually, the new Subaru Forester offers nearly identical safety and technology features:

  • 4-wheel ABS brakes are standard for both the new Forester and RAV4
  • Dual front airbags and front-seat side-impact airbags come standard with both compact SUVs
  • Advanced multimedia and connectivity systems are available for both the Subaru and Toyota models

Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4: Interior & Capacity

Subaru Forester Vs Toyota RAV4 Interior

Whether you need more capacity to handle extra gear for your next camping trip or more space for your daily drive, the new Forester has more usable space than the RAV4. With a few extra inches to help you stretch out and a larger cargo area, you'll always have the room you need with the Subaru Forester.

  • The 108.3 cu. ft. of interior volume in the new Forester is greater than the 101.9 cu. ft. interior volume of the new RAV4
  • The Subaru Forester has more headroom, legroom, and shoulder room than the Toyota RAV4
  • Four bottle holders, an overhead console with storage, and a multi-function center console are all standard with the new Forester

Test-Drive A New Forester Today!

The new Subaru Forester has clear advantages over the RAV4 in performance, technology, and capacity, but it's also a better value. With a starting MSRP under $24,000,* the new Subaru Forester is more affordable than the Toyota RAV4 and its $25,370* starting MSRP. Discover your next SUV in the new inventory at Grand Subaru near Chicago, IL, and then give us a call at (888) 840-3934 to schedule an appointment for a test drive.

* Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.

** EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.


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