Compare 2010 Toyota RAV4 vs 2009 Subaru Forester

2010 Toyota RAV4
2009 Subaru Forester
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FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT 22 28 $20,264 $21,675
4WD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT 21 27 $21,227 $23,075
FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT Sport 22 28 $21,854 $23,375
FWD 4-Door V6 5-Speed AT 19 27 $22,168 $23,710
FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT Ltd 22 28 $23,061 $24,665
4WD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT Sport 21 27 $22,791 $24,775
4WD 4-Door V6 5-Speed AT 19 26 $23,101 $25,110
FWD 4-Door V6 5-Speed AT Sport 19 27 $23,660 $25,305
4WD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT Ltd 21 27 $23,970 $26,055
FWD 4-Door V6 5-Speed AT Ltd 19 27 $24,855 $26,585
4WD 4-Door V6 5-Speed AT Sport 19 26 $24,568 $26,705
4WD 4-Door V6 5-Speed AT Ltd 19 26 $25,744 $27,985
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4-Door Manual X
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual X 20 27 $18,938 $19,995
4-Door Manual PZEV X 20 27 $19,149 $20,195
4-Door Automatic X 20 26 $20,028 $21,195
4-Door Automatic PZEV X 20 26 $20,239 $21,395
4-Door Manual X w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $21,196 $22,495
4-Door Manual PZEV X w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $21,407 $22,695
4-Door Manual X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 27 $21,563 $22,895
4-Door Manual PZEV X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 27 $21,774 $23,095
4-Door Automatic X w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $22,104 $23,495
4-Door AutomaticPZEV X w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $22,315 $23,695
4-Door Automatic X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 26 $22,471 $23,895
4-Door Automatic PZEV X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 26 $22,682 $24,095
4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean Ed 20 26 $24,330 $25,995
4-Door Automatic X Limited 20 26 $24,355 $25,995
4-Door Automatic PZEV X L.L. Bean Ed 20 26 $24,541 $26,195
4-Door Automatic PZEV X Limited 20 26 $24,566 $26,195
4-Door Automatic XT 19 24 $24,582 $26,195
4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean w/Nav 20 26 $25,977 $27,795
4-Door Automatic X Limited w/Nav 20 26 $26,002 $27,795
4-Door Automatic PZEV X L.L. Bean w/Nav 20 26 $26,188 $27,995
4-Door Automatic PZEV X Limited w/Nav 20 26 $26,213 $27,995
4-Door Automatic XT Ltd 19 24 $26,409 $28,195
4-Door Automatic XT Ltd w/Nav 19 24 $28,059 $29,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,264
$18,938
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,675
$19,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$361 / month
$333 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
Though it might wear a spare tire on its tail like the hard-core SUVs of yore, don't let that throw you off. The 2010 Toyota RAV4 is actually a practical, fuel-efficient choice for frugal families on the go. It’s significantly improved this year, but the 2009 Subaru Forester remains a unique all-wheel-drive crossover with less power and fewer features, but better carlike handling, than its competition.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Third Head Room (in)
NA -
Front Hip Room (in)
53.8 52.9
Third Shoulder Room (in)
NA -
Second Leg Room (in)
38.3 38.0
Front Head Room (in)
40.8 41.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
108.2 107.6
Second Hip Room (in)
52.4 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 56.1
Third Leg Room (in)
NA -
Second Head Room (in)
39.7 40.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Third Hip Room (in)
NA -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.3 55.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 43.1
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.5 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
181.9 179.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - 38.4
Height, Overall (in)
66.3 65.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.4 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
104.7 103
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - 32.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.5 70.1
Track Width, Front (in)
61.4 60.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
73.0 68.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 42.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 37.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
36.4 33.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - 53.25
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 33.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 61.8
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.2 x - TBD - 11.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 11.7 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)
15.9 16.9
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 37.4
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.6 Variable
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 34.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/70R16 P215/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/70R16 P215/65HR16
Spare Tire Size
P215/70R16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 2400
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
225 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 2400
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3360 3250
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.2 7.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 356
Engine
Fuel System
SFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
172 @ 4000 170 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/152 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
179 @ 6000 170 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas Flat 4-Cyl
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 20
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.92 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.02 1.09
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.94 3.45
Clutch Size (in)
NA 8.86
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.45
Trans Type
4 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA -
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.15 3.33
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.20 2.06
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Toyota RAV4 Subaru Forester (Natl)
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - 32
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut MacPherson-type
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.87 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - 32
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.00 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear
Double-wishbone Double wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
coil spring NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.8 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 6

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