Compare 2018 Subaru Forester vs 2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Subaru Forester
2018 Toyota RAV4
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2.0XT Premium CVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forester 2.0XT Premium CVT 23 27 $27,607 $29,495
Forester 2.0XT Touring CVT 23 27 $33,675 $36,090
Forester 2.5i CVT 26 32 $22,455 $23,795
Forester 2.5i Limited CVT 26 32 $27,505 $29,395
Forester 2.5i Manual 22 28 $21,547 $22,795
Forester 2.5i Premium Black Edition CVT 26 32 $25,634 $27,345
Forester 2.5i Premium Black Edition w/EyeSight CVT 26 32 $26,657 $28,540
Forester 2.5i Premium CVT 26 32 $24,649 $26,195
Forester 2.5i Premium Manual 22 28 $24,215 $25,695
Forester 2.5i Touring CVT 26 32 $30,887 $33,090
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Adventure AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RAV4 Adventure AWD 22 28 $26,781 $28,650
RAV4 Adventure FWD 23 30 $26,126 $27,950
RAV4 Hybrid LE AWD 34 30 $25,743 $27,385
RAV4 Hybrid Limited AWD 34 30 $32,223 $34,280
RAV4 Hybrid SE AWD 34 30 $30,489 $32,435
RAV4 Hybrid XLE AWD 34 30 $27,523 $29,280
RAV4 LE AWD 22 28 $24,366 $26,060
RAV4 LE FWD 23 30 $23,057 $24,660
RAV4 Limited AWD 22 28 $30,439 $32,555
RAV4 Limited FWD 23 29 $29,130 $31,155
RAV4 Platinum AWD 22 28 $34,033 $36,400
RAV4 Platinum FWD 23 29 $32,724 $35,000
RAV4 SE AWD 22 28 $28,461 $30,440
RAV4 SE FWD 23 29 $27,152 $29,040
RAV4 XLE AWD 22 28 $25,386 $27,150
RAV4 XLE FWD 23 30 $24,077 $25,750
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,607
$26,781
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,495
$28,650
Monthly Payment Estimate
$492 / month
$478 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
7.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Subaru Forester continues to offer top safety scores, remarkable space inside, and all-round versatility; it’s still one of the best small SUVs, and a good value for money. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 has a lot going for it, including a hybrid model, but you’d be wise to cross-shop its rivals as well.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
38 37.2
Front Head Room (in)
40 38.9
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
Passenger Volume (ft³)
103.3 100.7
Front Hip Room (in)
53.9 54.3
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
28.6 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.7 72.6
Track Width, Front (in)
60.9 61.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.7 6.5
Length, Overall (in)
181.5 181.1
Height, Overall (in)
68.2 67.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.1 61.4
Wheelbase (in)
103.9 104.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
31.5 38.4
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
42.2 -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 11.7
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.9 15.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 36.7
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/55HR18 P235/55HR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/55HR18 P235/55HR18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 3500
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
1500 3500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 3500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3653 3605
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7 18 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7 18 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Engine
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
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 2000 172 @ 4100
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 2.5 L/152
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 22
Transmission
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
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.11 4.07
Trans Type
8 6
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.66 -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.71
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.90
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.00
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.61
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.42
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Subaru Forester Toyota RAV4
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
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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