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Toyota RAV4 vs. Subaru Crosstrek

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Toyota RAV4

$428
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Subaru Crosstrek

$538
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
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.
3
1
2
Above Average
The Subaru Crosstrek Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 25th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $538 which means it has average ownership costs. While the frequency of repairs is high, the likelihood of a major issue is low, so you may experience a few more visits to your shop for minor issues.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$428
inexpensive
expensive
$538
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.47
not often
very often
1.09
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent
6%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5 (8)
4 (17)
3 (15)
2 (6)
1
(0)
The Toyota RAV4 ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in drive train.
“We rented a RAV4 in Costa Rica and were amazed at the punishment it took on jungle roads. So, we bought a used one, one year old with about 15,000 miles. It was a five speed. It got about 32 mpg...”
“We rented a RAV4 in Costa Rica and were amazed at the punishment it took on jungle roads. So, we...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Subaru Crosstrek and the Toyota RAV4 are SUVs of different types. The Crosstrek is a compact two-row, car-based, five-door hatchback SUV. The RAV4 is a compact, two-row SUV. Crosstrek comes with standard all-wheel drive. RAV4 comes with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.

There is a significant difference in the standard engines of the Subaru Crosstrek and the Toyota RAV4. The Crosstrek’s standard and only engine has 152 horsepower. The RAV4’s standard engine has a higher output of 176 horsepower. The RAV4 also gives you the choice of a gasoline-electric hybrid option, in case you’d like an SUV with a lesser thirst for gasoline.

Looking at the cargo space measurements of the Subaru Crosstrek and the Toyota RAV4, there’s a huge difference between these two vehicles. The Crosstrek, with its sloping hatchback roofline, provides 55.3 cubic feet of space with its rear seats folded. The RAV4, with its boxier shape and larger body, produces an outstanding 73.4 cubic feet of cargo space, making it one of the leaders in the compact SUV class. For maximum load space, it’s hard to beat the RAV4.

Which one is right for you? The Subaru Crosstrek is smaller, much less expensive, easier to park and has standard all-wheel drive. The Toyota RAV4 has loads of space, more power, a hybrid option, costs more and has Toyota’s standard suite of high-tech driver assistance technologies. The choice is yours.