2019 Subaru Forester vs Toyota RAV4 Comparison in Seattle, WA

When you're looking for a small SUV, you'll find that it's hard to have it all. It seems like everything is either a city-friendly glorified car without any capability for adventure or an off-road machine that's bumpy and uncomfortable in town. The Subaru Forester challenges those categories by bringing you the best of both worlds. Not only does it manage to be perfect for city driving and off-roading alike, but it has a lower starting MSRP than competitors like the 2019 Toyota RAV4. This article goes into detail on just how different these small SUVs are. Keep reading to learn more, and then head to Carter Subaru Ballard to take the Subaru Forester for a test drive yourself.

2019 Subaru Forester Interior Dimensions

2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Toyota RAV4: Interior Dimensions

Both of these vehicles are technically small SUVs, but Toyota really seems to take "small" to heart. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 offers 98.9 cubic feet of passenger volume, which doesn't seem too bad . . . until you compare it to the 111.9 cubic feet you'll get in the Subaru Forester! Headroom, legroom, and shoulder room--you'll get more of these on both rows in the Subaru Forester.

If you need to take along more cargo than passengers, the Subaru Forester is the perfect choice. Fold down the rear seats and you'll get up to 76.1 cubic feet of cargo space. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 maxes out at 69.8 cubic feet.

2019 Subaru Forester Technology Options

2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Toyota RAV4: Tech Features

Are you one of the millions of people who use an Android device? If so, you're out of luck in the 2019 Toyota RAV4. Though it supports Apple devices, it completely lacks Android™ Auto connectivity. Fortunately, the Subaru Forester has your back. Its advanced STARLINK™ Multimedia Plus system comes standard with both Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto capability, as well as a host of other features.

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2019 Subaru Forester Performance

2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Toyota RAV4: Performance Specs

The Subaru Forester is built on the new Subaru Global Platform, giving it a smooth, quiet ride and a quiet interior. This refinement is matched with excellent performance in the form of standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. While an AWD system is available on the Toyota RAV4, it will cost extra to make the upgrade. Furthermore, the Toyota entirely lacks off-road features that are available on the Subaru Forester, including X-MODE® and Hill Descent Control. This means that the Subaru Forester is great for driving around town and in the great unknown. The Toyota RAV4 is better suited to staying in the city.

2019 Subaru Forester Safety

2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Toyota RAV4: Safety

The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive that comes standard in every Subaru Forester does more than just make it a powerful off-road performer: it also makes it safe. The extra traction provided by the AWD system is especially useful on rainy streets. The Subaru Forester is also equipped with cool, cutting-edge safety features like optional steering-adaptive headlights that turn when you turn, making it easier to see where you're going at night.

2019 Subaru Forester Driver Assist Technology

2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Toyota RAV4: Driver Assist Technology

Whichever SUV you choose, you'll get standard driver assist technology. However, the Subaru Forester has a trick up its sleeve: the all-new Subaru DriverFocus™, which is unlike anything you'll find in the Toyota RAV4. This system monitors your driving. If it notices that you appear to be drowsy or distracted, it will alert you so you can do what you need to do in order to drive safely again.

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Discover the Carter Advantage at Carter Subaru Ballard

When you purchase or lease a new Subaru, you can trust that it will serve you well for years to come--and Carter Subaru Ballard is here for you, too. Since 1960, Carter has offered a hassle-free buying experience. This means that we don't use pushy sales tactics or tricks to try to get you to buy; we let you lead the way, because we value you and your needs. This hassle-free attitude has been recognized with the 2021 Subaru Love Promise Customer Commitment Award, and it's one of the things that sets us apart--but it's far from the only one.

Carter Subaru Ballard cares about the environment and about our local community. We're part of the Subaru Eco-Friendly Retailer Program, and we're also On the Road to Carbon Neutral. When you take a test drive at Carter Subaru Ballard, we'll plant a tree in your name in the Mountains to Sound Greenway. For every car we sell, we plant three more trees. We've planted over 175,000 trees since 2008, and are still going strong!

The quality of Subaru and the care you'll experience from Carter Subaru Ballard go hand-in-hand. We invite you to take a look through our extensive inventory or check out our model information pages to find the Subaru that's just right for you. When you're ready for a test drive, use our convenient online form, give us a call, or just stop by the dealership. We serve Bellevue, Kirkland, and beyond from our convenient location at 5201 Leary Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107.