Compare 2012 Subaru Forester vs 2012 Toyota RAV4

2012 Subaru Forester
2012 Toyota RAV4
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4-Door Manual 2.5X
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual 2.5X 21 27 $19,489 $20,595
4-Door Manual PZEV 2.5X 21 27 $19,798 $20,895
4-Door Automatic 2.5X 21 27 $20,580 $21,795
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X 21 27 $20,888 $22,095
4-Door Manual 2.5X Premium 21 27 $21,960 $23,295
4-Door Manual PZEV 2.5X Premium 21 27 $22,269 $23,595
4-Door Automatic 2.5X Premium 21 27 $22,869 $24,295
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X Premium 21 27 $23,178 $24,595
4-Door Automatic 2.5X Limited 21 27 $24,905 $26,595
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X Limited 21 27 $25,214 $26,895
4-Door Automatic 2.5XT Premium 19 24 $25,407 $27,095
4-Door Automatic 2.5X Touring 21 27 $26,094 $27,895
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X Touring 21 27 $26,403 $28,195
4-Door Automatic 2.5XT Touring 19 24 $27,992 $29,895
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FWD 4-Door I4
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door I4 22 28 $21,178 $22,650
4WD 4-Door I4 21 27 $22,487 $24,050
FWD 4-Door I4 Sport 22 28 $22,768 $24,350
FWD 4-Door V6 19 27 $23,081 $24,685
FWD 4-Door I4 Limited 22 28 $23,684 $25,330
4WD 4-Door I4 Sport 21 27 $24,077 $25,750
4WD 4-Door V6 19 26 $24,390 $26,085
FWD 4-Door V6 Sport 19 27 $24,573 $26,280
4WD 4-Door I4 Limited 21 27 $24,982 $26,720
FWD 4-Door V6 Limited 19 27 $25,479 $27,250
4WD 4-Door V6 Sport 19 26 $25,882 $27,680
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 19 26 $26,788 $28,650
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,489
$21,178
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,595
$22,650
Monthly Payment Estimate
$343 / month
$378 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
6.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Subaru Forester is tough, all-weather-capable, and one of the best-handling compact crossovers--plus, a blast to drive in XT turbo form--but an old-tech automatic transmission and econo-caliber interior remain letdowns. The 2012 Toyota RAV4 remains a strong, refined choice for families, even though some of its design might be a blast from the past.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle - AWD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
52.9 53.8
Second Leg Room (in)
38.0 38.3
Front Head Room (in)
41.6 40.8
Second Hip Room (in)
52.7 52.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.1 57.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
107.6 108.2
Second Head Room (in)
40.4 39.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 55.3
Front Leg Room (in)
43.1 41.8
Third Leg Room (in)
- NA
Third Hip Room (in)
- NA
Third Head Room (in)
- NA
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- NA
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
27.4 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.2 61.4
Wheelbase (in)
103.0 104.7
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.1 71.5
Track Width, Front (in)
60.2 61.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.9 7.5
Length, Overall (in)
179.5 181.9
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
65.9 66.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
37.5 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
68.3 36.4
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
33.9 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
61.8 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
33.5 73.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
42.2 - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x - TBD - 11.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x - TBD - 10.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 15.9
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.2 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.5 14.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.4 34.8
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/65HR16 P215/70R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/65HR16 P215/70R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact P215/70R16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2400 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2400 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
240 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
360 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3250 3360
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Compact Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.2
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas Flat 4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
174 @ 4100 172 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/152 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 5800 179 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 22
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.33 3.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.06 2.20
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.11 2.92
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.09 1.02
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/OD
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.45 3.94
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.41
Trans Type
5 4
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- NA
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Subaru Forester Toyota RAV4
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.87
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.00
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone Double-wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Coil spring
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.1 7.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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