Compare 2017 Subaru Forester vs 2016 Toyota RAV4

2017 Subaru Forester
2016 Toyota RAV4
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2.0XT Premium CVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forester 2.0XT Premium CVT 23 27 $27,424 $29,295
Forester 2.0XT Touring CVT 23 27 $32,028 $34,295
Forester 2.5i CVT 26 32 $22,272 $23,595
Forester 2.5i Limited CVT 26 32 $27,321 $29,195
Forester 2.5i Manual 22 28 $21,363 $22,595
Forester 2.5i Premium CVT 26 32 $24,466 $25,995
Forester 2.5i Premium Manual 22 28 $24,032 $25,495
Forester 2.5i Touring CVT 26 32 $29,243 $31,295
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AWD 4-Door LE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RAV4 AWD 4-Door LE 22 29 $24,077 $25,750
RAV4 AWD 4-Door Limited 22 29 $30,770 $32,910
RAV4 AWD 4-Door SE 22 29 $28,672 $30,665
RAV4 AWD 4-Door XLE 22 29 $25,871 $27,670
RAV4 FWD 4-Door LE 23 30 $22,768 $24,350
RAV4 FWD 4-Door Limited 23 30 $29,461 $31,510
RAV4 FWD 4-Door SE 23 30 $27,363 $29,265
RAV4 FWD 4-Door XLE 23 30 $24,562 $26,270
RAV4 Hybrid AWD 4-Door Limited 34 31 $31,593 $33,610
RAV4 Hybrid AWD 4-Door XLE 34 31 $26,667 $28,370
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,424
$24,077
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,295
$25,750
Monthly Payment Estimate
$488 / month
$429 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
One of the best small SUVs, the 2017 Subaru Forester is a good value, with remarkable interior volume, thrifty fuel economy, and top safety scores. The 2016 Toyota RAV4 is a competent crossover utility with a new Hybrid model this year, updated safety systems, and lots of interior space.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
103.3 101.9
Front Hip Room (in)
53.9 54.3
Second Leg Room (in)
38 37.2
Front Head Room (in)
40 39.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
53 48.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57 57.3
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 38.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 55.4
Front Leg Room (in)
43 42.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.1 61.8
Wheelbase (in)
103.9 104.7
Liftover Height (in)
28.6 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.7 72.6
Track Width, Front (in)
60.9 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.7 6.3
Length, Overall (in)
181.5 181.1
Height, Overall (in)
68.2 65.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
31.5 38.4
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
42.2 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
71.9 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
31.5 38.4
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
45.9 -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
31.9 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
68.5 73.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
37.1 -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 11.2
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 10.8
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 15.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 34.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/55HR18 P225/65HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/55HR18 P225/65HR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 1500
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
1500 1500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3653 3570
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7 17 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7 17 X 6.5
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 2000 172 @ 4100
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
250 @ 5600 176 @ 6000
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Sequential MPI
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 22
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.11 4.07
Trans Type
8 6
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.66 -
Drivetrain
All Wheel All Wheel
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.35 4.15
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.80 -
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.50 - 0.98 3.30
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.42
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.71
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.90
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.00
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.61
Summary
Vehicle Name
Subaru Forester Toyota RAV4
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.0 7.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 550
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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