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2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2021 Toyota RAV4 Review

New 2020 Subaru Forester

2020 Subaru
Forester

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New 2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Toyota
RAV4

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MSRP*
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$24,495 to $34,595
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$26,050 to $35,980
Invoice* $23,099 to $32,266 $24,357 to $33,642
MPG - City 26 25 - 28
MPG - Hwy 33 32 - 35
Engine(s) Horizontal Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Subaru Forester than in the Toyota RAV4. The Subaru Forester will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Toyota RAV4.

Convenience
The Subaru Forester requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Toyota RAV4, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Subaru Forester will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Toyota RAV4. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Subaru Forester carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Toyota RAV4.

Dimensions
Since the Subaru Forester is much slimmer than the Toyota RAV4, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. When looking at overall length, the Subaru Forester takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Toyota RAV4.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque engine, the Subaru Forester doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Toyota RAV4.

Handling
The Subaru Forester has a smaller turning radius than the Toyota RAV4, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
If you've got something you need to pull, the Subaru Forester will do just as well as the Toyota RAV4, since they have about the same towing capacity. The Subaru Forester has a little less horsepower than the Toyota RAV4.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Subaru Forester and the Toyota RAV4. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries in the Subaru Forester as you will in the Toyota RAV4.

Warranty
The Subaru Forester comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Toyota RAV4.