2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 Toyota RAV4

Searching for the perfect new SUV to accompany you throughout all your Aptos and Scotts Valley adventures? Whether hitting the trails or hitting the grocery store, there's no vehicle quite like the new Subaru Forester to get you almost anywhere. With standard Subaru Symmetrical AWD, 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and a starting price that's under $25,000, the new Subaru Forester offers a whole lot to love. How do the 2021 Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4 compare, though? Find out with our Subaru vs. Toyota SUV comparison below!


Toyota RAV4 vs. Subaru Forester: Capability

Looking for one of the most capable new compact SUVs for sale in the greater Scotts Valley-area? The Toyota RAV4 offers a lot, but as you'll see below, the Subaru Forester offers even more:

  • 2021 Forester: With Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and even 1,500 pounds of towing capacity standard, the Forester is positively packed with capability.
  • 2021 RAV4: Want all-wheel-drive in the RAV4? You will have to pay extra. You will, however, get 8.4 inches of ground clearance, and the same 1,500 pounds of towing capacity as the Forester. We should note that if you choose certain RAV4 trims, ground clearance will decrease, though. Alternately, the Adventure trim boosts ground clearance to 8.6 inches.

Want even more capability in a new Forester? You can also access Forester performance features like a Traction Control System, Hill Descent Control, and Active Torque Vectoring. Opt for the optional X-MODE®, which optimizes engine output and transmission ratio (as well as increased all-wheel-drive system engagement), and you'll really boost your off-road ability!


Standard Features

When you compare the 2021 Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4, you'll see that the Forester is a better value, thanks to more standard features. In the matchup of RAV4 or Forester with regard to features, here's what you should know:

  • 2021 Forester: The new Forester Subaru SUV boasts standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, a Rear-Vision Camera, SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia with Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto, LED headlights, an updated SUBARU BOXER® engine, up to 76.1 cubic feet of cargo space, and a high-strength steel body structure.
  • 2021 RAV4: On the Toyota SUV, you'll get Toyota Safety Sense™, an integrated backup camera, Apple CarPlay™, the basic version of Entune, up to 69.8 cubic feet of cargo space, and LED headlights.

The RAV4 offers the lesser version of Toyota-specific features like Entune on the base trim, meaning you'll to spend more to access more exciting features. Not so with the Forester!


Forester vs. RAV4: Price

RAV4 or Forester: which one costs less? That does depend on which trims you're comparing. But overall, the Forester boasts a lower base MSRP than the RAV4:

  • 2021 Forester: The base Forester starts at $24,795. You can also opt for the Forester Premium ($27,795), Forester Sport $29,395), Forester Limited ($31,395), and Forester Touring ($34,895).
  • 2021 RAV4: The base RAV4 LE starts at $26,150. Your other choices include the LE Hybrid ($28,650), XLE ($27,445), Adventure ($33,255), and Limited ($34,680), among others. The Adventure trim is the only model that offers standard all-wheel drive.

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Now that you've had a chance to compare the Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4 in greater depth, we invite you to contact us to learn more about Forester or to book a test-drive. Then, whenever you're ready, check out our new inventory and money-saving new Subaru specials.