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If you're in search of an SUV that's built for the whole family, there are several capable options for you to consider. To help you find the right vehicle for you, the team at Grand Subaru has taken a closer look at two of the most popular models in the following 2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Toyota RAV4 comparison page.

In this head-to-head guide, we'll focus on the 2020 Subaru Forester Sport, starting at $28,995 MSRP, and the 2020 Toyota RAV4 XLE, starting at $27,245 MSRP. You can learn more about this Subaru SUV with our Forester review page. To get in touch with the team at our dealership in Bensenville, IL, call (888) 840-3934 or send us a message online.

2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Toyota RAV4 Performance Specs & Towing Capacity

Under the hood of the 2020 Forester and RAV4, you'll find comparable four-cylinder engine configurations. Both engines deliver impressive power and fuel economy. However, only the Forester is standard with all-wheel drive, a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT),and Subaru's exclusive BOXER® engine configuration. 2020 Forester performance specs include:


2020 Subaru Forester Sport


2.5L BOXER® 4-cylinder


182 HP


176 lb.-ft.

Fuel Economy

26 city / 33 hwy MPG

Max. Towing Capacity

1,500 lbs.

2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Toyota RAV4 Interior & Exterior Design

Whether you're commuting to work or exploring the backroads, you'll look good doing so in the 2020 Forester and RAV4. To make your drive as stylish as possible, both SUVs are equipped with LED headlights, a roof spoiler, and heated sideview mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators. However, the Subaru Forester raises the bar with the following interior and exterior features, not found in the 2020 RAV4.

  • Panoramic power moonroof
  • Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Sport cloth upholstery with orange stitching
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle
2020 Subaru Forester Interior front seats

2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Toyota RAV4 Safety & Technology Features

From connected technologies to responsive safety systems, you'll find it all in the 2020 Forester and RAV4. Thanks to Subaru's EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology and the Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 suites of features, you'll find a wealth of safety features in both vehicles, including a pre-collision braking system, lane departure and sway warning, and adaptive cruise control.

The Forester and RAV4 also share several tech amenities, including a six-speaker audio system, SiriusXM®, and a touchscreen display. Tech features exclusive to the 2020 Forester include:

  • 6.3-in. color multifunction display
  • Magellan® navigation system
  • HD Radio™
2020 Subaru Forester blind spot warning sensors

2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Toyota RAV4 Size & Cargo Capacity

The spacious interiors of the 2020 Forester and RAV4 provide room for everything you need. The 2020 Forester provides 70.9 cu.-ft. of maximum cargo volume, while the 2020 RAV4 maxes out at 69.8 cu.-ft. There's room for luggage, camping gear, or whatever you'll need for your next adventure.

2020 Subaru Forester interior rear view with gardening supplies

2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Toyota RAV4Subaru Forester Deals in Bensenville, IL

If you're looking for 2020 Subaru Forester models for sale in Bensenville, IL, Grand Subaru is the place to go! Browse our Forester inventory to see what's available at our dealership, and pair your favorite model with a monthly Forester lease special. To schedule a test drive or learn more, call us at (888) 840-3934 or send us a message online.

2019 Subaru Forester vs. 2019 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®

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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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2018 Subaru Forester vs. 20217 Toyota RAV4

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.