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Comparing Small SUVs at Carter Subaru Ballard - 2018 Subaru Forester VS 2018 Toyota RAV4

When shopping for a capable, compact SUV, thousands turn to the Toyota RAV4 year in and year out - but is it the best value available in this segment? Despite its popularity, even the best-selling 2018 Toyota RAV4 pales in comparison to the utility and comfort of the 2018 Subaru Forester. We've compiled the following research to compare these two vehicles,and we think you'll agree, the Forester stands head and shoulders above the RAV4. Read on to find out why. Then be sure to browse our inventory and take a look at the many Forester models we have in stock right now. You can even schedule your test drive with the particular Forester that catches your eye!

2018 Subaru Forester2018 Toyota RAV4
250Max Available Horsepower176
108.3 Cubic FeetPassenger Cabin Volume101.9 Cubic Feet
Up to 32 MPGHighway Fuel Economy (With AWD)Up to 28 MPG
$22,795Starting MSRP$24,510
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2018 Subaru Forester VS 2018 Toyota RAV4: Design

Greater cabin volume inside the 2018 Subaru Forester manifests as more legroom for you and all your passengers than you'll get from the 2018 Toyota RAV4. Fold the rear seats down in both vehicles, and you'll find the Forester gives you greater room for cargo as well - all on a wheelbase that's even shorter than that of the RAV4. That means the Forester is nimble and easier to maneuver. The 2018 Subaru Forester also gives you a more rugged exterior. With 8.7 inches of standard ground clearance, standard roof rails on all but the entry-level model and available steering-responsive fog lights, the Forester looks tough because it is tough.

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2018 Subaru Forester VS 2018 Toyota RAV4: Performance

There's only one engine available on the 2018 Toyota RAV4, and it can't eclipse 30 highway MPG when it's paired with the available all-wheel drive system. By contrast, every 2018 Subaru Forester comes with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, one of the finest such systems available. The base Forester is able to achieve up to 32 highway MPG when equipped with the automatic transmission, saving you money compared to the RAV4 every time you fill the tank. You can also have a bigger engine on your Forester! The 2018 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Premium and 2.0 XT Touring come with a turbocharged BOXER® engine that produces 250 horsepower. These models even come with paddle shifters for a sporty driving feel that the RAV4 just can't match.

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2018 Subaru Forester VS 2018 Toyota RAV4: Safety

When it comes to crash tests, there's less of a distinction here. Each of these vehicles are incredibly safe in an accident, winning the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's 2018 Top Safety Pick award. However, where the Forester sets itself apart from the RAV4 is with its list of available safety features. You can equip the 2018 Subaru Forester with Subaru EyeSight® which adds (among many other safety systems) Reverse Automatic Braking, something you can't have on the 2018 Toyota RAV4. And since the RAV4 is not available with Toyota Safety Connect, it has no emergency S.O.S. feature. When properly equipped, the Forester and its Subaru STARLINK™ infotainment center can automatically contact first responders in the event of an accident.

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The value experts at ALG have declared Subaru the 2018 Top Brand for Residual Value. That means when you choose a Subaru, you choose a vehicle that's built to last; one that's as coveted on the pre-owned lot as it is brand-new. Industry-leading technologies like Subaru STARLINK™ infotainment and EyeSight® driver assistance features set a Subaru apart from the competition. Come experience the Carter Advantage for yourself at Carter Subaru Ballard! It's our commitment to you to deliver an unmatched level of customer service and a low-pressure sales environment. We promise you a hassle-free buying experience. We believe it's the only way to do right by our customers. Stop in for your test drive today, and check out our new model specials to see how much more you can save this month at Carter Subaru Ballard.

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