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Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Subaru Forester

2016 Subaru Forester
$645
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Toyota RAV4

2015 Toyota RAV4
$428
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Above Average

The Subaru Forester Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 20th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $645 which means it has average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both fairly average when compared with all other vehicles.

Excellent

The Toyota RAV4 Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 11th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $428 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the RAV4.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$645
inexpensive
very expensive
$428
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.5
not often
way too often
0.5
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
10%
minor issues
major issues
8%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(26 Reviews)
(45 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(3)
4 star
(20)
3 star
(3)
2 star
(0)
1 star
(0)

The Subaru Forester ranks highest in drive train and ranks lowest in body.

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“Extremely practical, very roomy. Good at everything, bad at nothing. A/C could blow colder, and ride is a bit harsh, but I love this vehicle. The AWD is excellent. Superb gas milage. 30000 miles wi...”

Rating Details
5 star
(7)
4 star
(17)
3 star
(15)
2 star
(6)
1 star
(0)

The Toyota RAV4 ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in drive train.

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“I purchased my 2003 Rav 4 in 2006 with just over 30k miles. It had/has been maintained as recommended. It is a 5 speed manual transmission, which I have driven for more than 30 years of experience ...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Subaru Forester and the Toyota RAV4 are both compact, two-row SUVs. The RAV4 comes with standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive, while the Forester has all-wheel drive as standard equipment. The Forester also gives you more ground clearance (8.7 inches) than the RAV4 (up to 6.5 inches).

In terms of power output, the standard engines here are similar. The Forester comes with 170 horsepower, and the RAV4 has 176 horsepower. The Forester does offer an optional engine with 250 horsepower. The RAV4 does not offer an optional engine, but a gasoline-electric hybrid version is available.

The cargo space of these two SUVs is also similar. The Subaru Forester has 74.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, while the Toyota RAV4 has 73.4 cubic feet.

The Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 are generally pretty similar for everyday usage. If you like off-roading or need additional power to tow or carry heavy loads, the Forester is a better choice. But if you’d rather have a complete suite of advanced driver assistance tech as standard equipment, or the improved fuel economy of a hybrid version, then the RAV4 will suit you better.

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