2019 Subaru Forester VS 2019 Toyota RAV4 Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

If you've spent much time at all researching small SUVs, you've probably become familiar with the Toyota RAV4, one of the more popular models across the country. But this is Utah, and we do things a little differently here. With our amazing outdoor areas and our unique driving challenges, something that does well elsewhere might simply fall short here.

Whether you're taking a journey down to Arches or just driving the streets of Salt Lake City in the winter, the 2019 Subaru Forester is the small SUV that's best suited to your Utah lifestyle. The Subaru Forester has standard AWD, which most small SUVs (including the RAV4) offer only as an available upgrade. Of course, there's so much more that makes the Subaru Forester a great choice. We invite you to read more below; then, check out our wide inventory of new Subaru Forester models to find the one that best suits your needs.

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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Toyota RAV4: Interior Dimensions

These may both be small SUVs, but the Subaru Forester certainly doesn't feel very small. With 111.9 cubic feet of passenger volume, it has plenty of room for you and your passengers to spread out and enjoy the ride. By comparison, the Toyota RAV4 comes with just 98.9 cubic feet of passenger volume. What does the difference look like in real life? If you choose the Subaru Forester, you'll find more headroom, legroom, and shoulder room--in both rows of seating.

In addition to having more passenger volume, the Subaru Forester offers greater maximum cargo space. Fold down the rear seats in the 2019 Subaru Forester and you'll have up to 76.1 cubic feet of space to stow your gear. The Toyota RAV4 has just 69.8 cubic feet available.

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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Toyota RAV4: Tech Features

Staying safely connected on today's roads is more than just a luxury these days--it's an expectation. It only makes sense, then, that the Subaru STARLINK™ Multimedia Plus system that comes standard on the Subaru Forester has connectivity through Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto, and you might expect that Toyota would offer the same. However, while the RAV4 offers Apple CarPlay, it leaves Android users high and dry. No 2019 Toyota RAV4 comes with Android Auto connectivity.

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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Toyota RAV4: Performance Specs

When it comes to performance, it's hard to beat the Subaru Forester. Its BOXER® engine provides great balance and a lower center of gravity than the the inline engine that's standard in the Toyota RAV4, but this is only the beginning. Every 2019 Subaru Forester comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, making it perfect for navigating the rugged terrain you'll find here in beautiful Utah. Front-wheel drive is standard on the Toyota RAV4; while AWD is available, you have to pay extra to make the upgrade. In addition, the Subaru Forester has available X-MODE®, which optimizes the engine output to provide exceptional traction on even low-friction surfaces. You won't find this type of feature in any Toyota RAV4.

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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Toyota RAV4: Safety Features

Both of these small SUVs deliver impressive safety, having earned the coveted 2019 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, this doesn't mean that they offer identical safety. We mentioned how the powerful AWD system in the Subaru Forester makes it well-equipped to handle off-road fun; however, it's also good for keeping your family safe, especially when roads get snowy and slick. You'll also find available steering-adaptive headlights on the Subaru Forester, which help you see better when you turn corners at night; these are not available at all in the Toyota RAV4.

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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Toyota RAV4: Driver Assist Technology

Subaru and Toyota are two of the best manufacturers when it comes to driver assist technology. Every 2019 Subaru Forester has Subaru EyeSight®, while every 2019 Toyota RAV4 has Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. However, Subaru has introduced something new that the Toyota RAV4 can't match: the available Subaru DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System. This system will keep an eye on your driving; if you appear to be drowsy or distracted, it will give you a helpful alert.

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Nate Wade Subaru is Your Subaru Source

Subaru vehicles are a perfect match for life in Utah. The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive that comes standard on most Subaru models is great for navigating city streets and exploring off-road trails, while the SUBARU BOXER® engines provide exceptional performance no matter where you go. And with EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, Subaru is dedicated to keeping your family safe. 97% of Subaru models sold within the past decade are still on the road today, so you can know that your Subaru is built to last.

When you've decided to get a Subaru, Nate Wade Subaru is the place to go. We're America's oldest exclusive Subaru retailer, so it's fair to say we know a thing or two about these vehicles. We're dedicated to our local community, and we're also part of the Subaru Eco Friendly Retailer Program. This means that we work hard to help protect the wild places we all love. Check out our Subaru inventory online or stop by and visit us for a test drive at 1207 South Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111. We look forward to seeing you soon!