2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 Toyota RAV4 Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

The Toyota RAV4 is a popular choice for American families looking for something a little bigger than a traditional family sedan. Is it really the best value for you and your loved ones? Compare the 2021 Toyota RAV4 side by side below with the new 2021 Subaru Forester! As you'll see, the new Forester offers a more spacious cabin, greater versatility and superior performance -- all for an even lower starting price than its Toyota rival. Find out what makes the 2021 Subaru Forester the right choice for life in Salt Lake City below.

New Subaru Forester cargo area


Simply put, the 2021 Subaru Forester is bigger inside than the 2021 Toyota RAV4! While the Forester is only 2 inches longer overall compared to the RAV4, you get about two inches of extra legroom both up front and in the rear seats. Furthermore, when you fold down the rear seats, the Subaru Forester provides more maximum cargo space. So you can fit more gear, run more errands or save more at the bulk discount warehouse.

You also get standard LED Steering-Responsive Headlights for a sharp, modern touch on the 2021 Subaru Forester. Not only do they compliment the vehicle's sporty, angular look, they pivot as you steer for better illumination in the curves. That's an available upgrade only on more costly 2021 Toyota RAV4 trim levels, but standard on every new 2021 Forester.

New Subaru Forester driver attention monitor.


With a few exclusive upgrades you won't find on its Toyota rival, the 2021 Subaru Forester is the better-equipped family SUV. The fully-loaded Touring trim level features one-touch folding rear seatbacks. Just press the button and the seats automatically stow themselves for more cargo space -- a level of convenience you won't find in any 2021 Toyota RAV4. With the available PIN-Code Access feature on the new Subaru Forester, you can leave your keys inside the vehicle safely when they're annoying to carry around in a pocket, like at the gym or on an outdoor adventure. Just enter your secret code to unlock the vehicle. That's not available on the RAV4 either. Finally, the available DriverFocus® driver attention monitor in the new Forester can detect drowsy driving patterns, and notify you to refocus your eyes on the road or consider taking a break. That's not available at all on the 2021 Toyota RAV4.

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New Subaru Forester Sport trim level


Behind the wheel of a powerful Subaru, you're always in control, even in poor conditions. With a sophisticated Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, every 2021 Subaru Forester offers exceptional capability for winter weather and unpaved roads. It also comes standard with Active Torque Vectoring, which can assist with handling for even greater control and confidence. Similar technology is available on the 2021 Toyota RAV4, including a variety of all-wheel drive systems -- all of which will cost you thousands more, and none of which can compete with what a Subaru can do. With more generous standard ground clearance and the unique BOXER engine, packaged low and wide in the engine bay, the 2021 Subaru Forester can tackle more low-lying obstacles, yet it provides a more stable, planted, car-like handling feel. Stop by for a test drive to see how adept this compact SUV can be for life in the Rocky Mountains.

New Subaru Forester on gravel road


When it comes to safety, both these SUVs are ahead of the pack -- but the experts agree that the 2021 Subaru Forester pulls ahead. After all, both get best-possible crash test scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. They both feature modern anti-lock brakes, sophisticated airbags and intelligent traction control. Both models even come standard with driver assist technology like automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control! The 2021 Toyota RAV4 ultimately earned a 2021 Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. However, thanks to more advanced standard headlights, the IIHS gave the 2021 Subaru Forester their even-more-exclusive 2021 Top Safety Pick+ award!

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As you can see, the 2021 Subaru Forester just gives you more than the competitor from Toyota: More all-weather capability, more interior space, more technology and features. So you'll be even more delighted to find out it's even more affordable! Despite the benefits of standard all-wheel drive and other standard features, the 2021 Subaru Forester costs less than the 2021 Toyota RAV4, starting at an MSRP of just $24,795. Come discover more at Nate Wade Subaru in Salt Lake City.

2021 Subaru Forester2021 Toyota RAV4
$24,795Starting MSRP*$26,050
111.9 Cubic FeetStandard Passenger Volume98.9 Cubic Feet
31.1 Cubic FeetCargo Volume (Behind Rear Seat)37.6 Cubic Feet
76.1 Cubic FeetMax Cargo Volume69.8 Cubic Feet
Symmetrical All-Wheel DriveStandard Drive ConfigurationFront-Wheel Drive (AWD Available)
26 City - 33 HighwayFuel Economy (MPG with AWD)27 City - 34 Highway
5 StarsNHTSA Frontal Crash Rating (Out of 5 Stars)4 Stars
LED Steering ResponsiveStandard HeadlightsLED
StandardActive Torque VectoringAvailable Upgrade
1,500 PoundsTowing Capacity1,500 Pounds

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.