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Subaru Forester vs Toyota RAV4

SUBARU FORESTER vs TOYOTA RAV4


On this page we compare the 2014 Subaru Forester Premium Package w/All Weather Package to the 2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 4WD. These are closely aligned trim levels and the most popular here in New England. We will compare and contrast:
  • Visibility
  • Subaru Symmetrical All Wheel Drive vs Toyota "On Demand" 4WD
  • Safety - Watch the actual IIHS crash tests
  • Key Features
  • Performance
  • Space
  • Reviews
  • Summary
Manchester Subaru

764 Second St
Manchester, NH 03102

  • Sales: (866) 992-7097
  • Service: (866) 992-7097
  • Parts: (866) 992-7097

SEE the videos, READ what the experts say, then YOU DECIDE.
VISIBILITY AND STYLE
 
2014 Subaru Forester

2014 Toyota RAV4

  
One of the features that captures Forester's essence is the quality of driver visibility, which is commanding in all directions. Notice the narrowing windows on the side of the RAV4 which can cause a potential blind spot. Both vehicles have a back-up camera, but that's no substitute for awareness of what's around you, especially when changing lanes. Here's the view looking over the driver's right shoulder:

 
Forester Driver's View

RAV4 Driver's View

Subaru Symmetrical All Wheel Drive System vs. Toyota On Demand 4WD

80% of New England Subaru owners surveyed [6,693 respondents] revealed that Subaru's Symmetrical All-Weel Drive  System was a MAJOR factor in their decision to buy a Subaru. Reasons often cited for this were adverse weather conditions, better handling characteristics, safety, and ability to navigate to remote areas. Since this is a core Subaru technology, how does it compare to Toyota's "On Demand 4WD" and what is it that Forester owners know that RAV owners don't.

SUBARU

 

spaceTOYOTA RAV4

Subarus are designed and engineered from the start to be all wheel drive. Notice how the components are aligned in a straight line from the boxer engine --> transmission --> drive train and that both sides are symmetrical. This symmetry is incredibly efficient and provides power to all four wheels all the time for maximum traction, balance and control. Other well known examples of symmetry include butterflies, airplanes and the human body.



 The Toyota RAV4 is primarily front wheel drive (FWD) biased that has been re-engineered with a 4WD option package. With a typical transverse engine, output must be rerouted in order to get power to the rear wheels. These AWD/4WD systems often engage AFTER loss of traction is detected. Notice how the drive train is unbalanced, with the axle on the transmission side (L) shorter than the other. Can you imagine an airplane with one wing shorter than the other?



 

SAFETY

It's pretty hard to split hairs when you talk about safety because the 2014 Subaru Forester and the RAV4 have similar active and passive safety features. However, there are differences when it really counts. Most recently, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) named the 2014 Subaru Forester a Top Safety Pick Plus while the 2013 Toyota RAV4 only received Top Safety Pick. Why the difference? IIHS instituted a new, small overlap crash test that represents 25% of serious injuries and fatalities. Subaru aced the test with a "Good" rating while the Toyota RAV4 performed poorly. Watch the actual crash test for each below:
IIHS Summary of the small SUV category.



Actual 2014 Subaru Forester Crash Test
Rated GOOD


View actual crash test video.

Actual 2013 Toyota RAV4 Crash Test
Rated
POOR


View actual crash test video

SPECIFICATIONS
 
 Features
2014
  Subaru Forester Premium w/AWP
  Symmetrical AWD
2014
  Toyota RAV4 XLE
  "On Demand" 4WD
 MSRP
 (Including Transportation)
$26,320
$26,535
 Driver's Seat/Adjustment
Cloth
10-way Power w/Lumbar Support
Cloth
Manual Seat
 Moonroof
Std (oversized)
Std
 Winter Package
Heated Seats, Wipers, Mirrors
Heated Mirrors Only
 Back-Up Camera/Monitor
Std
Std
 Fog Lights
Optional
Std
 Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel
Std
Std
 Roof Rails
Std
Std

As you can see, both cars come nicely equipped; but if you are looking for a power driver's seat or heated seats (a must-have for New England) for the Toyota RAV4, you will have to spring for the top-of-the-line Limited model (fake leather). Not only is the 2014 Forester less expensive than the Toyota RAV4, it's SIGNIFICANTLY LESS EXPENSIVE
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  Engine and
  Performance
2014
  Subaru Forester Premium w/AWP
  Symmetrical AWD
2014
  Toyota RAV4 XLE
  "On Demand" 4WD
 Engine
2.5L 4 cyl Boxer 170 hp @ 5,800 rpm
174 lb-foot @ 4,100 rpm
or
2.0L 4 cyl Boxer (turbo) 250hp @5600rpm
258 lb-foot @2000-4800 rpm
2.5L 4 cyl 176 hp @ 6000 rpm
172 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm
 EPA (City/Hwy) 
27/32 (2.5L)
  23/28 (2.0L Turbo)
22/29
 Fuel Range (Hwy)
509 mi
461 mi
 Transmission
6 spd Manual or
  CVT Auto
No Manual
6 spd Auto

Compared to the CR-V, only the Subaru Forester offers two engine choices - a 2.5 liter engine and for thrill seekers, a 2.0 liter turbo w/SI drive, the same system found on the STI. The Forester also offers both a 6-spd manual transmission or an automatic w/CVT.  You can't get a turbo or manual transmission on the Toyota RAV4. It's simply not offered.

The 2.5L RAV4 has the edge in horsepower but the Forester has greater lb-ft torque, which is a measure of "get up and go" or acceleration.
 Measurements
2014
  Subaru Forester Premium w/AWP
  Symmetrical AWD
2014
  Toyota RAV4 XLE
  "On Demand" 4WD

 INTERIOR MEASUREMENTS

 Headroom (in) F/R
40.0 / 39.8
38.9 / 38.9
 Legroom (in) F/R
43.0 / 41.7
42.6 / 37.2
 Shoulder room (in) F/R
57.0 / 56.5
57.3 / 55.4
 Cargo Volume (cu ft)
 Rear Seats Up/Down
31.5 / 68.5
38.4 / 73.4

  EXTERIOR MEASUREMENTS

 Wheelbase (in)
103.9
104.7
 Length (in.)
180.9
179.9
 Width (in.)
70.7
72.6
 Height (with Rails)
68.2
67.1
 Turning Radius (Feet)
34.8
34.7
 Ground Clearance
8.7
6.5
 Curb Weight (Lbs)
3,366
3,550
 Towing Capacity (Lbs)
1,500
1,500

Don't let anyone kid you; when it comes to comfort, size matters! The 2014 Subaru Forester was designed for passenger room and comfort in mind. Those extra inches of head, shoulder and legroom are like the difference between flying in first class vs a coach seat.

As for the cargo volume, the RAV4 cargo floor sits directly on the spare tire. In the Subaru Forester, the cargo floor rests on an additional "hidden" storage compartment, an ideal place for jumper cables, emergency supplies, fix-a-flat, or your spouse's birthday present. The over-sized moonroof also consumes a little more cargo volume without affecting headroom.

Noteworthy is Forester's 8.7 of ground clearance and shorter turning radius. Those extra 2.2 inches wouldn't matter if you lived in the sunbelt, but here in New England, the higher ground clearance could mean the difference between getting up your driveway or getting stuck in the snow. And who hasn't driven on a dirt road full of ruts or frost heaves around here?
SUMMARY:
It's hard to say anything "bad" about a Toyota as they're well known for their reliability and longevity. Perhaps the best summary of the 2013/2014 Toyota RAV4 is expressed by these Cars.com customer reviews concerning performance:

"A long time Toyota RAV owner and fan, this car was a huge disappointment. All the hype AROUND THE LATE REVEAL...LOOKS LIKE ALL THE REST IN ITS CLASS! Performance....felt like I could run faster and the "engine sounds and performance says cheap"...not the sticker...very disappointed...will take a look at some others..suggest you do the same and compare before you buy!"

"Took for a long test drive. city driving was ok, had enough power but when i took it on the highway and put it to the floor it was powerless. Didn't have the power to jump over in the passing lane without getting run over. i was very disappointed since i was ready to purchase. Oh well, ill keep looking"

Or these expert reviews:
"The new RAV4 doesn't have the most powerful engine, the best fuel economy, or the lowest price in this segment." Kelley Blue Book

"In short, the RAV4 is middle of the pack, all the way around. It's not the prettiest, strongest, biggest, smallest, most or least fuel efficient, cheapest or most expensive small crossover you can buy. It will be seen as highly acceptable to buyers who have always liked Toyotas, or those who don't shop around very much." AutoBlog

2014 FORESTER
2014 RAV4
 
Named 2014 Best Car to Buy Winner 
 

Whether a measurement or feature favors the Subaru Forester or the Toyota RAV4 is not as significant as some of the core differences that should be explored and validated by potential buyers of either brand. To avoid any regrets, you need to test drive a 2014 Subaru Forester or whatever AWD Subaru model that best meets your needs. Consider:
  • Subaru's unique symmetrical all wheel drive system paired with the boxer engine delivers sure-footed balance and control that is unmatched in the industry. It's the DNA that makes a Subaru a Subaru and the "secret sauce" that puts a knowing smile on all Subaru owners.
  • As a Top Safety Pick +, the Subaru Forester sets the bar for small SUV safety. Subaru's available EyeSight Driver Assist System  for the 2014 Forester is one of the most affordable accident avoidance technologies on the U.S. market and includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and throttle management.
FINALLY
When comparing the 2014 Subaru Forester vs the 2014 Toyota RAV4, the Forester offers the best value with a lower MSRP, better fuel economy, more driver and passenger room, better visibility, manual or automatic transmission, and two engine choices. What are you waiting for? Call us at 866-992-7097.

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"Subaru has racked up more endorsements by independent arbiters of automotive quality and safety than just about any other manufacturer. Consumer Reports rates Subaru above Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and every other manufacturer in performance, comfort, utility and reliability, and says the company makes the best cars in America." Fortune Magazine

"Yeah, it's that good." -- Consumer Reports



Leaves competition far behind...
"Improvements include class-leading fuel economy at 26 mpg overall and 35 mpg highway, a standard backup camera, excellent visibility, a roomy interior, and very easy access." -- Consumer Reports

"If you're looking for a small SUV that's very functional and fuel-efficient, the Forester is hard to beat," Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at Consumer Reports, said in an e- mailed statement. The magazine also said the Subaru model has quicker acceleration and leads competitors in fuel economy.

The revamped 2014 model light truck won praise from the non-profit magazine for "space- efficient design, large windows, and big square doors." Those and other features helped it outscore CR-V, Toyota Motor Corp.'s RAV4 and Mazda Motor Corp.'s CX-5, Consumer Reports said. Automotive News


Additional Reviews

"If you're looking for power, handling or off-road ability, the 2014 RAV4 won't impress you. The AWD Subaru Forester offers a powerful turbocharged engine and is more capable when the road turns from asphalt to dirt." -- Kelley Blue Book


"The Forester is a great flexible ride that offers interior space, powerful acceleration, AWD capability and rugged good looks." -- AutoWeek

"Much of the Forester's enduring appeal lies in the fact that it offers most of the SUV attributes people really want and use -- full-time all-wheel drive, a little bit of extra ground clearance and hatchback utility -- without the dreadful fuel economy and bulk of a full-blown SUV." -- Edmunds

"Whether you're a Subaru loyalist who appreciates the brand's character, or just want a roomy, reliable compact SUV, the 2014 Forester delivers. There may be cheaper or handsomer options in the class, but the Forester remains a solid all-arounder." -- Motor Trend

"Building on its well-established reputation for capability, reliability, practicality and longevity, the new Forester now delivers even more comfort and convenience while offering the added benefit of standard fuel-efficient all-wheel drive - and does it at an outstanding price point." -- Kelley Blue Book
 

 

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