Compare the 2021 Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 in Evansville, IN

When it comes to providing flexible and spacious cargo capacity, most crossover SUVs live up to their "utility vehicle" designation. Nowadays, however, it seems many nameplates have forgotten that the "S" stands for "Sport." The Subaru Forester, on the other hand, fully embraces the SUV concept. It delivers spacious and versatile accommodations for passengers and cargo, plus substantial off-road capability, with tall ground clearance and standard all-wheel-drive. And with its relatively compact footprint, Forester offers excellent maneuverability that larger models can't match.

Evansville-area shoppers have numerous compact crossover options to choose from, but few can deliver an experience as well-rounded as Forester's. The Toyota RAV4 is one of Forester's most prominent class competitors. Like Forester, RAV4 offers rugged good looks, a spacious cabin, and a suite of advanced driver aids as standard equipment. But in a head-to-head comparison, there are a few areas in which it comes up short.

Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4: Space and Utility

  • Passenger Space: With 111.9 cubic feet of passenger volume, the Subaru Forester is significantly more accommodating than RAV4 (98.9). Forester puts those expansive dimensions to good use, providing more front headroom, shoulder room, and legroom. Rear-seat passengers will have a lot more personal space in the Forester as well, thanks to superior hip room, legroom, and shoulder room.

  • Comfort: The Subaru Forester offers long-distance comfort with cushioned, supportive, well-bolstered seats with good lumbar support. Conversely, the RAV4's front seats start to feel a bit flat on more extensive journeys.

  • Cargo Utility: Cargo capacity is one of the most important factors when measuring an SUV's utility. Forester's 60/40-split rear seats fold out of the way to reveal 76.1 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity, while RAV4 tops out at 69.8. And when your adventures call for even more carrying capacity, Forester's raised roof rails are much more useful than RAV4's low-profile rails.

Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4: Amenities, Technology, and Safety

  • Infotainment System: Both Forester and RAV4 come standard with a touchscreen infotainment system and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

  • Driver Aids: Both models come standard with a full complement of advanced driver-assistance technologies, including systems for collision mitigation, lane-keeping, and adaptive cruise control. However, the 2021 Forester comes standard with steering-responsive LED headlights that rotate with the wheels for better illumination around corners and curves. This feature isn't even an option on the RAV4.

  • Feature Highlights: By stepping up just one level to the Premium trim, Henderson KY shoppers can enjoy desirable amenities like a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, and a panoramic sunroof. On the RAV4, heated seats are only on the very top trim, and a panoramic sunroof is reserved as an option on higher tiers.

Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4: Capability

When it comes to out-of-the-box capability, Forester pulls well ahead. Like all Subaru SUVs, Forester comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive and 8.7 inches of ground clearance. These attributes give it the advantage when venturing away from paved roads. And by selecting the second-tier Premium trim, Owensboro KY drivers can further improve Forester's off-road prospects thanks to the XMODE traction system with Hill Descent Control.

The RAV4 gets close to Forester's ground clearance (8.4 inches), but Toyota reserves all-wheel-drive as an expensive add-on. Furthermore, standard RAV4 models can't match the trail-going prowess of Foresters X-MODE system.

Test Drive the 2021 Subaru Forester near Princeton

If you're in the market for a versatile, capable, and safe crossover with ample off-road ability, be sure to add the Subaru Forester to the top of your research list. For more information about available trim levels, optional amenities, and special financing offers, please contact Romain Subaru. And if you'd like to experience the 2021 Subaru Forester for yourself, come visit us in Evansville for a test drive. We'll be happy to show you around.

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    Evansville, IN 47715

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