Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4

Compare the 2016 Subaru Forester to the 2016 Toyota RAV4 in Ocala, FL

Here at Ocala Subaru, we firmly believe that every car-buying decision should be one that's informed. Buying a new car, especially a crossover, is a big decision, and with so many on the market to choose from, it can seem overwhelming. Before deciding on the Subaru Forester, many customers tell us that they had been considering the 2016 Toyota RAV4, a popular staple in the crossover segment. But how does it compare to the 2016 Subaru Forester?




First and foremost, the 2016 Subaru Forester is a more affordable vehicle. With a starting price of $22,395, the 2016 Subaru Forester costs about $2,000 less than the base 2016 Toyota RAV4. What's more, the price of the Forester includes all-wheel drive. If you want all-wheel drive equipped on the Toyota RAV4, be prepared to spend a little more.

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Under the hood, the Subaru Forester features a 2.5-liter DOHC aluminum-alloy 16-valve horizontally opposed 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine with Active Valve Control System (AVCS), which produces 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. Comparably, the Toyota RAV4 features a 2.5-Liter 4-Cylinder DOHC 16-Valve engine with Dual VVT-I, which delivers a slightly higher 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque; however, Toyota's engine falls short in terms of efficiency, delivering two fewer miles per gallon in the city and three fewer miles per gallon on the highway.

Of course, if you are more interested in power, you'll be pleased to know that the Subaru Forester's engine can be upgraded to include a 2.0-liter DOHC direct-injected, intercooled, turbocharged aluminum-alloy 16-valve 4-cylinder horizontally opposed SUBARU BOXER engine with Dual Active Valve Control System (DAVCS), which is good for a much stronger 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Want that kind of power in the RAV4? Unfortunately, no such option exists.

Inside, both the 2016 Subaru Forester and the 2016 Toyota RAV4 feature an interior that's comfortable and connected. But the real reason you purchase a crossover is in order to haul, whether it's passengers, cargo, or a mixture of the two. The Subaru Forester provides 34.4 cubic feet of interior cargo space behind the second row and 74.7 cubic feet behind the first. The RAV4 offers more cargo room behind the second row, but less behind the first.

Of course, comfort is one of the most important aspects of your drive, and you'll find that the Subaru Forester is more equipped to provide a relaxing driving experience than the Toyota RAV4. Specifically, the Forester offers more interior head and legroom than the RAV4.

Interested in learning more about the 2016 Subaru Forester? Be sure to come see us at Ocala Subaru today. Proudly serving Ocala, Orlando, Leesburg FL, Hernando, Gainesville, FL, we're happy to get you behind the wheel of a Subaru Forester today so that you can experience everything that it has to offer.


Spacious Interior

  • The Subaru Forester offers ample space for today's multitasking family. Whether you're heading out on an adventure or completing your day-to-day tasks your Subaru Forester has plenty of space. The Forester is slightly taller, which will certainly come in handy in the long run! The Forester is roomier for your passengers as well, with significant cubic feet available for your family and friends to enjoy. If you consider the exterior as well, the Forester has available roof racks for your outdoor gear as well: bikes, kayaks, and more.

Exceptionally Powerful

  • The Subaru Forester's standard engine and acceleration outshines the RAV4 as well. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine maintains 170 horsepower and can reach 0-60mph in 8.5 seconds, in comparison with the RAV-4's 9.1 seconds. The Forester is a joy to drive with excellent Direct-Injection Turbocharged Subaru Boxer engine found in the 2.0XT trim. This trim achieves 250-horsepower, and incredible handling which will provide plenty of power to create an enjoyable driving experience.

Intuitive Design

  • The interior and exterior on the Subaru Forester has been intuitively designed to create a pleasant driving experience for Subaru's costumers. The outward visibility on the Forester trumps the RAV4 by creating wider rear windows that minimizes your blind spots. For added fun, the optional power moon roof in the Subaru has been supersized creating a panoramic view from above. You will also appreciate the easily understandable infotainment system that optimizes user-friendly dials, multimedia device connectivity, voice-activated GPS system, and Eyesight Driver Assist technology to keep you safe on the road.
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