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2019 Toyota RAV4 vs 2019 Subaru Forester

Split screen images of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 and 2019 Subaru Forester

For many car enthusiasts, no two models spring faster to mind than the wildly popular 2019 Toyota RAV4 and 2019 Subaru Forester when the conversation drifts into the crossover category. With similar starting price tags and fuel economy scores and capability that allows drivers to take their adventure off of smooth pavement, both the 2019 RAV4 and 2019 Forester are deserving of the attention of crossover shoppers. But, which one comes out on top? We pit the 2019 RAV4 against the 2019 Forester to find out.

Though the 2019 Toyota RAV4’s starting MSRP is a few hundred dollars higher than that of the 2019 Subaru Forester, it also offers a better fuel economy score, so the pricing difference should even out over time after considering fuel costs. The 2019 RAV4 does, however, offer more power on base models and a more refined interior with amenities on higher trims that can’t be found on the 2019 Forester lineup.

2019 Toyota RAV4


2019 Subaru Forester

$25,500 Starting MSRP $24,295
26/35 Fuel Economy 26/33
203 Base Horsepower 182
Yes Standard Apple CarPlay Yes

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Both the 2019 Toyota RAV4 and the 2019 Subaru Forester base models are equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, though the 2019 Toyota RAV4’s engine does produce a little more power with 203 horsepower that kicks in when passing on the highway. The 2019 Forester does come standard with all-wheel drive capability, but drivers in need of all-wheel drive can also find it as an available feature on the 2019 RAV4 lineup.

Thanks to a recent update to the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 active safety bundle, all 2019 Toyota RAV4 drivers will have access to Road Sign Assist and Lane Tracing Assist which are not available on any trim of the 2019 Subaru Forester lineup.

Though the differences between the 2019 Toyota RAV4 and 2019 Subaru Forester models are small, we think the advantages of the 2019 RAV4 stack up to make it the overall better purchase. Find your new 2019 Toyota RAV4 model at Serra Toyota in Birmingham, AL today.

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