2019 Subaru Forester vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4

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When you’re driving around Long Island, you want the vehicle that can handle any road conditions. That’s a main feature that draws people to SUVs. When you choose the right SUV, it handles well, it has power, and it’s safe. Depending on what factors you value the most, you may consider different options for your SUV on Long Island. However, we know that two of the main competitors in their class is the 2019 Subaru Forester and the 2019 Toyota RAV4. While both cars have a lot to offer, many people wonder which is the better choice for them. That’s why we put together this post to compare the 2019 Subaru Forester and the 2019 Toyota RAV4. Below, you’ll find a table that compares some of the general features of the two SUVs and then we’ll go into detail about how they each measure up.

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Let’s start with the transmission. The 2019 Subaru Forester has a continuously variable automatic with manual shifting mode. This offers strong and seamless acceleration, giving your vehicle the extra push it needs to lead the road. On the other hand, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 uses an eight-speed automatic transmission, which may not be as smooth. In addition, the two SUVs have different engines. The Forester has AWD 2.5L Flat 4-cylinder, while the RAV4 has the FWD 2.5L Inline 4-cylinder. The RAV4 delivers 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque and the Subaru Forester falls slightly behind with 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. Both SUVs offer certain advantages, but if you value a seamless acceleration and a smooth ride, the Forester is the choice for you.

Fuel Economy

When you’re driving all around Long Island for your daily commute, you want a vehicle with good fuel economy. And, when you’re driving off Long Island on your weekend road trips, fuel economy is even more important than ever. That’s why the 2019 Subaru Forester is a good pick for you – it gets 26/33 MPG. That means you won’t have to stop constantly as you drive to fill up the gas. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 falls a bit short, with 25/33 MPG for AWD. However, with the front wheel drive, the RAV4 gets 26/35 MPG. When it comes down to the decision, you need to determine if you’d rather have AWD or FWD. If you’re looking for the best fuel economy for AWD, the Forester is the top competitor.

Safety Features

Both the 2019 Subaru Forester and the 2019 Toyota RAV4 come with their own standard safety features. First, the Forester comes with its Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technologies, keeping you safe for the long and short rides on and off the road. Some of the features of the EyeSight Driver Assist Technologies include automatic pre-collision braking, pre-collision throttle management, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep, sway control adjustments, blind-spot detection, and rear cross-traffic alerts. The RAV4, on the other hand, has its own safety system – the standard Safety Sense suite of driver assist features. This includes re-collision automatic stop, lane departure monitoring and correction, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. Unfortunately, with the RAV4, if you choose the first trim level, you won’t get the blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alerts. There are also a few additional features missing from the RAV4. Despite today’s growing reliance on technology, the RAV4 does not come with standard automatic climate controls or an integrated reverse camera. After evaluating all these features, we’ve concluded that the 2019 Subaru Forester is the winner in the safety features department.


We all love the latest entertainment technology, especially when we’re enjoying a long car ride. This is another area that separates the 2019 Subaru Forester and the 2019 Toyota RAV4. The Forester comes with standard Apple and Android smartphone integration, but the RAV4 doesn’t come with Android smartphone integrations, which is a big miss for those who value their Android devices. In addition, the higher models of the Forester even have heated seats and steering wheel, an enhanced 8-inch touchscreen model, available 9-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system, and WiFi Hotspot connectivity. While they share some of the basic technological features, the Forester, once again, appears to win on this front.


The Verdict

The verdict is in – after reviewing the different factors including power, fuel economy, safety, and technology, the 2019 Subaru Forester beats the 2019 Toyota RAV4 on nearly all fronts. Still unsure about whether the Forester is right for you? Come down to your local Long Island Subaru dealership, South Shore Subaru, to test drive the 2019 Subaru Forester and get into the car of your dreams.


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