2020 Subaru Forester
Features & Specs
2020 Toyota RAV4
176 lb-ft of torque
184 lb-ft of torque (hybrid)

2020 Subaru Forester vs the 2020 Toyota RAV4

We're going for a no-holds-barred breakdown of these two models! Starting with the 2020 Subaru Forester, look for a sturdy trail-trekker with a strong history providing tons of cargo space and all-wheel drive intrepidity! In 2020, it also allows for new factors such as standard LED license-plates, the Rear Seat Reminder feature, LED cargo-space illumination in the Touring trim, and the TPMS now points which tire needs attention specifically! The RAV4 makes it happen with a power liftgate, a power moonroof, a distinctive independent front MacPherson strut suspension that integrates a stabilizer bar, and Matte-Black 18.6-inch alloy wheels with 6-spokes. There is additionally a brand new model contender in Toyota's roster offering: The 2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Road. It's going to take more than a glance to truly compare these two, so let's get to it!

2020 Subaru Forester Power & Handling

A 2.5-L DOHC boxer engine presents the 2020 Forester with 182-horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque, paired well to a smart-shifting CVT. The 2020 Forester is rare in the class in that it has Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as standard, a point that should not be lost on anyone paying good money for their vehicle! This hard-charging vehicle is standard with both an Auto Start-Stop System as well as a towing capacity of 1,500-pounds. Further, it integrates driving modes: 'Intelligent' or 'Sport' for better-driving dynamics contingent upon different situations, a system called SI-DRIVE. In Sport and Touring models, the transmission emphasizes a 'Manual' mode that mimics a seven-speed auto transmission with shift paddles. The Forester even has Active Torque Vector control, which makes for a sharper turn-in as well as cornering at higher speeds while turning!

2020 Toyota RAV4 Power & Handling

The RAV4, almost as an afterthought, tacks on a tri-mode Multi-Terrain Select or a Drive Mode dial alternative. Every trim of the 2020 RAV4 has a 2.5L engine with 203-horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, fused to an 8-speed auto transmission, at least, within the gas-only trims. That isn't going to tackle anything resembling a trail that well, not to mention have appreciable pick-up on the highway. The Hybrid exclusion contains a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine that associates with coupled electric motors and a closed-off nickel-metal hydride battery pack. This hybrid arrangement approaches 219-horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque.

2020 Subaru Forester Features & Design

Starting off at the base model, the Forester already brings a bevy of features, ones that people desire, like EyeSight safety, 17" steel wheels, auto environment control, and SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Integration! The 2020 Premium has features like a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a power-tilt/sliding panoramic moonroof, 17" alloy wheels, heated front seats/side mirrors, the election for 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and X-Mode all-wheel drive. On to the Sport, which only expands the offering with elements like dual-tone cloth upholstery with orange contrast stitching, 18" alloys, sporty paddle shifters, a multi-function driver's display in color, Keyless Access with Push-Button Start, as well as more extensive front brakes. Going for the Limited goes tech with steering-responsive LED headlights, a power tailgate, and Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. It further tosses in leather upholstery and dual-zone automatic climate control like it's on a mission to convince the toughest of skeptics, and arguably, it works! Subaru's certainly not leaving it there though, it picks up the ball and goes for the endzone with the Satin chrome-finished exterior mirror rocking Touring model! This one incorporates a Harman Kardon audio system, Reverse Automatic Braking, an 8" screen for infotainment with Navigation, perforated leather upholstery, an All-Weather Package with heated front/rear seats, and even a DriverFocus distraction mitigation functionality usually only seen on luxury-level sedans. That system can memorize setting for up to 5 drivers, and sounds a necessary alert if a driver grows distracted or drowsy. In fact, a comprehensive STARLINK Safety and Security system is standard on Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring models, too! Phew, that's a lot!

2020 Toyota RAV4 Features & Design

The LE model allots for Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM, a 7" touchscreen, but no Android Auto. The promising Adventure model does go for elements like 19-inch split 5-spoke alloys, LED daytime running lighting, token roof rails, as well as an interestingly-chosen Orange cabin. That said, it is more expensive to opt for the heated/ventilated front seats in that model for some reason. The LE Hybrid model then continues with electronic on-demand all-wheel-drive as well as a Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 system with a more limited scope of features than is had in the higher-end models. The XLE Hybrid variant meshes in items like LED projector-beam chrome-bezel headlamps, automatic high-beams, while the conventional XLE trim puts in an 8" touchscreen, a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and a Smart Key System. The XLE Premium model complements via JBL sound system, a leather-lined 3-spoke steering wheel, and a driver lumbar support seat, which isn't that much considering the upswing in pricing. The Limited models designate an 8-inch touchscreen for the Navigation, a Homelink digital rearview mirror, chrome-finished alloys, as well as SofTex-lined chairs to sit in. The XSE Hybrid model does authorize standard dual-tone exterior colors, sport alloy wheels, and a Midnight Black Metallic tinted roof - which may be finally at the level that most buyers today are looking to get. Also of importance is that Android Auto is in the RAV4 for 2020 at long last.


Well, what seemed mighty close at first turned into a runaway win for the 2020 Subaru Forester in our view! With so much more to offer in terms of driving dynamics, standard features, and the power to truly get back from the occasional campsite (and not be stranded in the mud), we have to go with the Forester! Plus it can pretty much haul anything with a huge amount of cargo space: up to 76.1 cubic feet! Why not come on over here to Winner Subaru and we'll take a look through our well-appointed and stylish Forester models together?

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