2018 Toyota RAV4 vs 2018 Subaru Forester

2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV LE
2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i
  Toyota RAV4 LE
 Subaru Forester 2.5i
 Base MSRP
 $24,410 $22,795
 City/HWY Fuel Economy
 All-Wheel Drive
 Available (+$1,400)
 Passenger Space (cu. ft.)
 101.9 108.3

*You may notice that the RAV4 has slightly better fuel economy in the chart above, however it is important to note that this is the non-AWD fuel estimage, as All-Wheel Drive affects consumption. For reference, the AWD RAV4 has a fuel economy rating of 22/28, similar to the base Forester, but for $3,015 more out of your pocket.

What Makes the 2018 Subaru Forester a Better Choice Than the 2018 Toyota RAV4?

If you're looking for a new compact SUV in the Sioux Falls area that offers exciting performance along with a versatile interior and intelligent features, then the 2018 Subaru Forester could be a great choice for you. This vehicle offers great handling and power for an excellent ride in a variety of conditions. It also offers a variety of features that make your drive more convenient and enjoyable.

The Forester has a lot to offer, but it also has some competition. The Toyota RAV4 also offers great performance and smart features that you'll enjoy. So what sets the Forester apart? Below, you can learn more about each vehicle and decide for yourself if you think the Forester is right for you.

2018 Subaru Forester vs 2018 Toyota RAV4


Both vehicles offer bold styles. However, the Forester has a more classic and mature exterior design that you'll be proud to show off, while the RAV4 has a trendier look. On the inside, the Forester has definitive lines with a utilitarian focus for your convenience, while the RAV4 has a more cluttered dash.


The Forester and the RAV4 both offer responsive handling and an energetic drive, with a standard 4- cylinder engine. However, we think the Forester's performance is better suited for Sioux Falls drivers. The Forester comes standard with all-wheel drive, which helps you maintain optimal traction in all kinds of conditions, making this vehicle a great asset on slippery roads during those harsh Sioux Falls winters. The RAV4 comes with front-wheel drive, which is not as helpful in the snow or rain. If you want all-wheel drive in the RAV4, you have to pay extra.


Each of these vehicles offers room for five. However, the Forester offers 108.3 cubic feet of cargo space so you'll have more room to stretch out than in the RAV4, which only offers 101.9 cubic feet of cargo space. Both offer comfortable seats with available heated seats for your comfort. The Forester also adds a heated steering wheel for extra cold weather comfort, along with two-position memory seating for your convenience.


Both models offer tech features for your convenience and entertainment. The Forester and RAV4 both offer an infotainment system with access to hands-free calls, navigation, music and more so you can stay connected and entertained. Both models also offer a backup camera for your convenience, and the Forester also offers available Reverse Automatic Braking for your safety; the RAV4 does not offer that feature.


The Forester and RAV4 both offer intelligent driver-assistive features to help you stay as safe as possible on the road. Both systems include features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist and Pre-Collision Braking to help you stay safe on the road. The Forester also adds Pre-Collision Throttle Management for additional safety, which is not available in the RAV4. The forester also offers the SUBARU STARLINK® Safety and Security system which includes features like Automatic Collision Notification, Roadside Assistance and more for your protection; this feature is not available in the RAV4.

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Visit us to test drive the new 2018 Subaru Forester today!

When you're ready to get behind the wheel of a new crossover in Sioux Falls, be sure to stop by our dealership. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have about the Forester and give you the details on how it compares to competing models like the RAV4. Then we'll arrange a test drive so you can see for yourself what makes this vehicle a great option. Visit us at any time and we'll help you get started.

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