2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 Toyota RAV4 Comparison in Shingle Springs, CA

There are more and more SUVs on the road today thanks to their versatility, cargo space, and safety features. They're also perfect for your daily commute, a weekend getaway with the family, or an off-road adventure. There are a large number of compact SUVs to choose from these days and it can make finding the one that's right for you daunting. To help make that decision a little easier, we've put together a side-by-side comparison of the 2021 Subaru Forester and 2021 Toyota RAV4. When you've finished reading, we invite you to stop into Shingle Springs Subaru or you can learn more about the 2021 Forester here.

Subaru Forester utility specs

Forester vs RAV4: Utility & Comfort

If the main reason you're in the market for a compact SUV is the space, then the 2021 Forester is the one for you. With 111.9 cubic feet of passenger volume compared to the 98.9 cubic feet inside the RAV4, the Forester also boasts more head-, leg-, and shoulder room in the front and the rear so everyone is happy and comfortable. Fold the rear seats down and while the RAV4 has 69.8 cubic feet of cargo space, it still can't compete with the vast 74.3 cubic feet the Forester offers.

Behind the wheel of both SUVs you'll find a six-way manually-adjustable driver seat. The RAV4 upgrades to an 8-way power seat while you get two extra adjustments from the Forester so you're sure to find your sweet comfort spot. Heated front and rear outboard seats plus a heated steering wheel are available when you upgrade Forester trim levels but are only available on the RAV4 if you purchase an optional package. Only the Forester offers available leather-trimmed upholstery and convenient one-touch folding of rear seats.


Subaru Forester technology features

Forester vs RAV4: Technology

Both the Forester at the RAV4 keep you conveniently connected with standard multimedia systems with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capability, plus Bluetooth® for audio streaming and hands-free calling. Both SUVs can be upgraded to 8" touchscreen displays with navigation and premium audio systems.

When it comes to driver assist features, the Forester delivers the award-winning Subaru EyeSight® technology that includes Lane Departure Warning, Pre-Collision Braking System, and much more. While the RAV4 and the Forester both offer available Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert to help avoid sudden collisions, only the Forester offers the DriverFocus® Distraction Mitigation System. This inspired feature alerts the driver when the system detects driving that is done while distracted or drowsy.

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Subaru Forester performance specs

Forester vs RAV4: Performance

Performance is where you will discover the biggest differences between these two compact SUVs. The 2021 RAV4 has a base 4-cylinder inline engine that generates 203 horsepower. The Forester may only make 182 horsepower but the advantage is that it's with a flat BOXER® engine, giving the Forester a smoother ride and advanced performance that the RAV4 simply can't match. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Forester so you get better handling when dealing with adverse road conditions or heading off-road. All-wheel drive is available on the RAV4 but you'll have to shell out an extra $1,400 for the pleasure.


Subaru Forester safety features

Forester vs RAV4: Safety

Safety is the most important ingredient in a vehicle, especially one that will be used as a family shuttle. Subaru understands this and that is why it continues to win safety awards year after year. This year is no different with the NHTSA bestowing a five star safety crash test rating on the Forester, including a five star rating for the frontal crash test, a test in which the RAV4 only received four stars. The IIHS named the Forester a 2021 Top Safety Pick+, their highest honor, while the RAV4 fell short once again. Keeping you and your family safe is Suabru's number one priority.


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Forester vs RAV4: Value

With standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, a spacious, comfortable cabin, and award-winning safety, the 2021 Subaru Forester has a starting MSRP of only $24,795. The 2021 Toyota RAV4 has a starting MSRP of $26,050 and has less room and features that cost more to add. There's no question that for your rmoney, the Forester is the better value. Come visit our showroom at Shingle Springs Subaru, and speak with any of our friendly team who can't wait to get you behind the wheel of a new Forester!

2021 Subaru Forester2021 Toyota RAV4
$24,795Starting MSRP*$26,050
111.9 Cubic FeetStandard Passenger Volume98.9 Cubic Feet
31.1 Cubic FeetCargo Volume (Behind Rear Seat)37.6 Cubic Feet
76.1 Cubic FeetMax Cargo Volume69.8 Cubic Feet
Symmetrical All-Wheel DriveStandard Drive ConfigurationFront-Wheel Drive (AWD Available)
26 City - 33 HighwayFuel Economy (MPG with AWD)27 City - 34 Highway
5 StarsNHTSA Frontal Crash Rating (Out of 5 Stars)4 Stars
LED Steering ResponsiveStandard HeadlightsLED
StandardActive Torque VectoringAvailable Upgrade
1,500 PoundsTowing Capacity1,500 Pounds

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.