Subaru Forester vs Toyota RAV4

Have you been struggling to find the right midsize SUV for your adventures throughout the Dover, Middletown, and Odessa areas? If you're looking for great performance and efficiency, you may want to consider either the 2017 Subaru Forester or 2017 Toyota RAV4. Both vehicles are regarded as the best midsize SUVs in today's market, but which one do you prefer?

It's hard to answer that question without knowing any specifics. That's where we come in. In this article, we'll give you great insight into these vehicles by comparing them on performance and efficiency, entertainment and convenience technology, and safety. This article is designed to give you the important information you need to decide on your next car.

Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4: Performance and Efficiency

The Subaru Forester features the uniquely designed 2.5L Subaru BOXER® engine, which lays flat under the hood with horizontally opposed valves. This particular engine reduces drag and offers a low center of gravity, allowing the vehicle to perform smoothly while boosting fuel efficiency. The Toyota RAV4 is equipped with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine.

In terms of performance, both vehicles surpass 170 horsepower, with the Subaru Forester getting a slightly higher torque. When it comes to fuel efficiency, the Subaru Forester gets an EPA-estimated 26/32 MPG city/highway when equipped with the continuously variable transmission. The Toyota RAV4, on the other hand, falls short when equipped with an automatic transmission by getting 23/30 MPG city/highway.

Entertainment and Convenience Technology

Each vehicle features an intuitive infotainment system mounted in the dashboard. The Subaru Forester features the 6.2-inch STARLINK™ screen and the Toyota RAV4 is equipped with the 6.1-inch Entune™ system. In terms of media options, each vehicle features an MP3-capable CD player and a radio. The Subaru Forester features HD Radio, which lets you listen to standard AM/FM broadcasts at superior sound quality. You can also use the iTunes tagging, available in the Subaru Forester, to make a note of a song you wish to download later.

Each vehicle features Bluetooth® technology. This feature lets the driver make or receive phone calls from the road. This feature is also used to stream audio from your smartphone's podcast library or music apps.

Subaru Forester vs Toyota RAV4: Safety

When it comes to handling and evasive maneuvers, the Subaru Forester takes the lead with its impressive Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. The Toyota RAV4 features front-wheel drive, which is helpful but not as reliable as the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. In terms of passenger protection, each vehicle features front airbags, side airbags, side curtain airbags, and a driver's knee airbag.

Taking the Next Step

By reading this article, you learned about the similarities and differences between each of these midsize SUVs. You saw that the Subaru Forester simply offers you more. Of course, you could always learn more by taking it out on the road.

Schedule your test drive with us at Winner Subaru-your go-to dealership in the Dover, Middletown, and Odessa areas.

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