Subaru Forester vs Toyota RAV4 Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

The Toyota RAV4 is more than just a formidable opponent to the Subaru Forester -- it's one of the best-selling vehicles on the market today. So you know we mean business when we say that the 2020 Subaru Forester is a better buy than the 2020 Toyota RAV4. Below, we've compared both models side-by-side so you can better see the differences. When it comes to value for your money, the place to go is McKenna. Test drive the 2020 Subaru Forester today. We'll show you below why it gives you more than the Toyota RAV4 in areas like capacity, technology and safety.

2020 Forester Loading Cargo

2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Toyota RAV4: Capacity

With about an inch-and-a-half of additional legroom in the back seats and two-and-a-half inches of legroom up front, the 2020 Subaru Forester gives you a lot more room for tall teenage knees and big winter boots than the 2020 Toyota RAV4. The RAV4 also pales in comparison as a cargo hauler. When you fold down the rear seats, the Subaru Forester provides 76.1 feet of room for bulky boxes from the wholesale warehouse or gear for that next camping trip. The new Toyota RAV4 gives you just 69.8 cubic feet of storage room.


2020 Forester Panoramic Sunroof

2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Toyota RAV4: Features

At the entry level, the 2020 Subaru Forester makes it simpler to set your ideal temperature with automatic climate controls -- just punch in a temperature and go. With its manual hot-cold dial, the entry-level 2020 Toyota RAV4 means you'll be fiddling with the controls on long drives trying to achieve perfect cabin comfort.

And speaking of long drives, few things are more American than the family road trip. With standard HD Radio capability, the 2020 Subaru Forester can tune into the highest quality terrestrial radio broadcasts. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 can't do that without a trim level upgrade. You also get a panoramic moonroof on the Forester Premium trim level with an MSRP of $27,395. The similarly priced Toyota RAV4 XLE trim level lacks a panoramic moonroof as standard, so you can get a lighter, airier feeling in the cabin for less when you choose Subaru.

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2020 Forester Sport Trim Level

2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Toyota RAV4: Performance

Here again, the Toyota RAV4 offers similar capability, but makes you pay more! All-wheel drive is available on the 2020 Toyota RAV4, but it costs $1,400 extra. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive comes standard on every 2020 Subaru Forester. The RAV4 even offers the Adventure trim with some off-road technology for an MSRP of $33,055. Instead, consider the 2020 Subaru Forester Sport trim level at an MSRP of $28,995. It comes with bigger brakes, Hill Descent Control and dual-function X-MODE® low-friction surface optimization technology. It also has a bit more ground clearance and sporty orange exterior accents for a look the Toyota RAV4 can't compete with, either.


2020 Forester All-Wheel Drive

2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Toyota RAV4: Safety Accolades

Both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found the Subaru Forester to be even safer than the already impressive Toyota RAV4 in the event of a crash. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 earned a 2020 Top Safety Pick distinction from the IIHS and a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. However, the 2020 Subaru Forester won the even higher 2020 Top Safety Pick+ award! It also earned a five-star overall safety rating as well as five stars in the frontal crash category. In the NHTSA frontal crash category, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 received just four stars.


2020 Forester LED Headlights

2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Toyota RAV4: Driver Assistance

When it comes to driver assist technology, Toyota and Subaru are in a class of their own. Where most vehicles in this class offer most of this driver assist technology only on fully-loaded trim levels, both these SUVs come with standard forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane keep assist. You can also get reverse automatic braking, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert as additional options.

Credit where credit is due: Both these vehicles are at the head of their class when it comes to driver assistance. In fact, did you know Subaru and Toyota have even been known to collaborate? The Subaru BRZ was designed in partnership with Toyota.

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Why The Value Is Always Better At McKenna

Even after all these advantages the 2020 Subaru Forester has over the 2020 Toyota RAV4, this just might be the most important: The Subaru Forester costs nearly $1,500 less! The 2020 Subaru Forester boasts an MSRP of just $24,495. At an MSRP of $25,950, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 costs more and gives you less. So, head to McKenna Subaru and find out more about the Subaru Forester during your test drive. We're sure you'll agree it's the right vehicle for your life in Southern California.

2020 Subaru Forester2020 Toyota RAV4
$24,495Starting MSRP*$25,950
33 Highway MPG / 26 City MPGFuel Economy (AWD)34 Highway MPG / 27 City MPG
182Horsepower203
176 lb-ftTorque184 lb-ft
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
8.7"Ground Clearance8.4"
111.9 cu ftPassenger Volume98.9 cu ft
76.1 cu ftMaximum Cargo Space69.8 cu ft
StandardAutomatic Climate ControlAvailable
Standard FeatureCarpet Floor MatsAvailable Upgrade

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.