2021 Subaru Forester vs. 2021 Toyota RAV4

Spirited and capable, the 2021 Subaru Forester and 2021 Toyota RAV4 are crafted to take on your family's next adventure in style. Both offer a standard suite of driver assistance features, a 2.5L four-cylinder engine, and more. Check out the following Forester vs. RAV4 comparison to get the scoop on these sport utility vehicles.

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The 2021 Subaru Forester Premium, with a starting MSRP of $27,795, was compared to the 2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE, which starts at $27,345 MSRP.

2021 Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4

2020 Subaru Forester driving through deep snow

2020 Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4

Built for the easy and difficult challenges in life, both the 2020 Subaru Forester and 2020 Toyota RAV4 take your family's journeys seriously. These modern SUVs are designed to accommodate up to five people. Take a look at the Forester vs. RAV4 guide below, then be sure to check out our Forester trims guide and the current inventory available in Moline, IL. If you have any questions, please reach out to our McLaughlin Subaru team by phone at (866) 960-7363.

For the sake of comparison, the 2020 Subaru Forester Premium was matched up against the 2020 Toyota RAV4 LE. The Subaru Forester Premium has a starting MSRP of $28,405, and the 2020 Toyota RAV4 LE starts at $25,950 MSRP.

2020 Forester Interior

Forester vs. RAV4

Elevate your commute to your satisfaction in the 2020 Forester or 2020 RAV4. A power tilt/sliding panoramic moonroof is equipped to the Forester, granting you and your passengers an extra source of natural light. The RAV4 does not come with a moonroof, however. Both SUVs also offer reclining rear seats to make your backseat passengers feel more comfortable. For other Forester interior features, review the following list.

  • Ten-way power driver's seat with lumbar support
  • Four-way manual front passenger seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle
  • Front auto-up/down power windows

Forester vs. RAV4

Inspire your fellow drivers in either the Subaru Forester or Toyota RAV4. Both 2020 SUVs feature LED headlights for easier nighttime driving. The Forester comes with raised roof rails to add additional cargo capacity, while the Toyota RAV4 features low-profile roof rails.

2020 Forester Technology

Forester vs. RAV4

Remain in the loop while driving with the technology features available on both the Forester and RAV4. Both SUVs include Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® for easier connection to the apps you use the most. The Forester also includes 4G LTE Wi-Fi® capability and the Subaru-exclusive STARLINK® 6.5-in. Multimedia Plus touchscreen.

Forester vs. RAV4

Toyota and Subaru both prioritize the safety of you and your loved ones. That's why both the RAV4 and Forester feature keyless entry systems, which prevent people other than yourself from accessing your SUV and driving it. The Forester and RAV4 also come standard with rear vision cameras to make backing up easier.

Forester vs. RAV4
Power & Handling

Push through your daily commute with either the Forester or RAV4. The Forester offers standard symmetrical all-wheel drive, while the RAV4 only equips front-wheel drive. Both offer 2.5L four-cylinder engines. The following chart showcases the specs for the engine options.

Subaru Forester Premium

2020 SUV Model

Toyota RAV4 LE

2.5L SUBARU BOXER® four-cylinder


2.5L Dynamic Force four-cylinder

182 HP


203 HP

176 lb.-ft.


184 lb.-ft.


MPG (city/hwy)


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