2020 Subaru Forester VS 2020 Toyota RAV4 Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

Subaru vehicles have grown to be quite popular in the United States and around the world. But did you know the brand first established an American beachhead in the Rocky Mountains -- by building capable, long-lasting all-wheel drive vehicles with the strength and toughness Utahns need? Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive comes standard on every 2020 Subaru Forester! Enjoy family car comfort as well as true SUV performance in one versatile package. It's even more capable and versatile than the best-selling 2020 Toyota RAV4. We want to make sure you get the best value for your money at Nate Wade Subaru. Find out why the Forester is a better buy than the RAV4 below.

New Subaru Forester Cargo Area

2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Toyota RAV4: Interior Space

The new 2020 Toyota RAV4 has a low roof and sloping, sculpted cabin shape for a sportier appearance -- but it means that the RAV4 is smaller than the 2020 Subaru Forester inside. With 112 cubic feet of passenger volume and a more upright shape, the Subaru Forester provides greater legroom, headroom and shoulder room in both the front and back seats compared to the Toyota RAV4. That means the Forester is more comfortable! It's also more versatile with up to 76.1 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume when you fold down the rear seats. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 provides just 69.6 cubic feet of maximum cargo space.


New Subaru Forester Rear Seat Vents

2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Toyota RAV4: Comfort & Features

Basics like automatic climate control, carpeted floor mats, automatic headlights and a CD player come standard on the 2020 Subaru Forester, but not the 2020 Toyota RAV4. Similar features are only available on the Toyota RAV4 when you pay for a more costly trim level.

Furthermore, the 2020 Subaru Forester offers exclusive features that the 2020 Toyota RAV4 can't match, such as the new Subaru DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System. A driver-facing camera will monitor your eyes to ensure they're alert and focused on the road. If the system detects a distracted or sleepy driver, you'll be alerted so you can avoid a potentially dangerous situation. Other convenience features include optional PIN-code access that allows you to safely lock your key inside your 2020 Subaru Forester and gain access with a secret, personal PIN -- handy for outdoorsmen and athletes who don't want to carry around a set of keys. No such feature is available on the Toyota RAV4.

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New Subaru Forester On Gravel Road

2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Toyota RAV4: Capability

Every 2020 Subaru Forester comes standard with the amazing capability of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. You can get all-wheel drive on the 2020 Toyota RAV4, but that's only available as an option that'll cost you an additional $1,400 based on MSRP. But even the entry-level 2020 Subaru Forester is ready for icy winter weather and unpaved dirt roads. After all, it is a Subaru!

If you want even greater capability, check out the 2020 Subaru Forester Sport! This trim level adds dual-function X-MODE® technology for superior control on tricky terrain, hill descent control for easier downhill throttle management and bigger, more powerful brakes. At an MSRP of $28,995, the 2020 Subaru Forester Sport gives you extra style and capability at a price that Toyota can't match. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 Adventure adds similar capability, but it'll cost you thousands more with an MSRP of $33,055! You can get a comfortable, versatile family car with real all-terrain ability for less when you choose Subaru.


Family Loads Cargo Into New Subaru Forester

2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Toyota RAV4: Safety

When it comes to safety, both these cars have a lot in common. They're both among the safest family SUVs around, and they both come standard with a suite of cutting-edge driver assistance features. But a closer look reveals that the 2020 Subaru Forester still stands above the 2020 Toyota RAV4 when it comes to safety.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave both vehicles five-star overall safety ratings, but the 2020 Toyota RAV4 earned only a four-star frontal crash rating. Not only did the NHTSA give the 2020 Subaru Forester a five-star overall rating, they gave it five stars in every crash test they performed.

And while the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety gave the 2020 Toyota RAV4 a 2020 Top Safety Pick, the non-profit IIHS awarded the 2020 Subaru Forester the even-more-exclusive 2020 Top Safety Pick+ distinction.

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Nate Wade Subaru: Home Of The Most Capable Vehicles For Life In Utah

The 2020 Subaru Forester comes standard with all-wheel drive as well as the durability and versatility of the Subaru brand for the low MSRP of just $24,495! It's an affordable choice when you want a comfortable, stylish family car that also has the toughness you need for life in and around Salt Lake City. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 lacks the capability and features of the Subaru Forester at the entry level, yet it'll still cost you more with a starting MSRP of $25,950.

2020 Subaru Forester2020 Toyota RAV4
$24,495Starting MSRP*$25,950
33 Highway MPG / 26 City MPGFuel Economy (AWD)34 Highway MPG / 27 City MPG
182Horsepower203
176 lb-ftTorque184 lb-ft
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
8.7"Ground Clearance8.4"
111.9 cu ftPassenger Volume98.9 cu ft
76.1 cu ftMaximum Cargo Space69.8 cu ft
StandardAutomatic Climate ControlAvailable
Standard FeatureCarpet Floor MatsAvailable Upgrade

*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.