2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Toyota Rav4

Today, there is fierce competition in the compact crossover market. This is because a growing number of buyers are seeking the features these SUVs provide such as versatility, affordability, and tall ride height. Two of the most popular crossovers in this market are the 2020 Subaru Forester and the 2020 Toyota Rav4.

Forester vs Rav4 

While there are cheaper options, none of them can match the capability and reliability of the Forester and Rav4. There is no arguing that the 2020 Toyota Rav4 is a quality crossover, but the 2020 Subaru Forester comes out on top in most categories. This article will compare both of these crossovers in detail and show why the 2020 Subaru Forester is a better choice. 


The 2020 Subaru Forester comes out on top in comfort and capability. This is mostly due to its exceptionally efficient shape that designates comfort over style. The Forester can comfortably seat up to five passengers and has approximately 40 inches of legroom in the rear. The cargo area provides over 35 cubic feet of space to carry a wide variety of gear. The front seats are cozy and spacious.

Although the Rav4 has a tall ride height, taller passengers may not feel comfortable in the crossover. This is mostly due to the fast roofline and bulky shapes of the interior, which takes a toll om comfort. On paper, the Rav4 has approximately 37 inches of rear legroom, but this feels a bit exaggerated in person. In the front, the Rav4 is also lacking in headroom. While the cargo area is slightly larger than the Forester's, it has a high loading floor.


Both the Forester and Rav4 earned excellent crash ratings from the federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the private Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The NHTSA gave both SUVs its highest overall rating of five stars. The IIHS named the crossovers a Top Safety Pick+ for top models. The IIHS also gave the SUVs a rating of "Good" during crashworthiness tests. Both crossovers come standard with automatic emergency braking. The IIHS gave the safety aid for both crossovers a "Superior" rating for preventing forward impacts between speeds of 12 and 25 mph. The Forester has superior visibility thanks to its boxy design and lower window line. The rear visibility of the Rav4 is extremely poor.


Both the Forester and Rav4 come standard with 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines. The engine for the Forester is mated to a more modern and efficient continuously variable automatic transmission CVT), while the Rav4 is connected to a traditional eight-speed automatic transmission. The CVT also provides for a smoother ride. All Subaru Forester trims come standard with all-wheel-drive (AWD), while it's optional on most Rav4 models.


The 2020 Subaru Forester at Subaru of Twin Falls is offered in the following trim levels: base, Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring. The base comes well-equipped with 17-inch steel wheels, a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, all-season tires, a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment display, Subaru's Starlink app suite, keyless start, Bluetooth, a USB port, a four-speaker audio system, cloth upholstery, a split-folding rear seat, and the Eyesight driver assistance suite. The Premium adds hill descent control, a panoramic sunroof, a power driver's seat, 17-inch alloy wheels a six-speaker audio system, and raised roof rails. It also comes standard with the All-Weather package which includes a windshield wiper de-icer, heated seats, and heated exterior mirrors. The X-Mode traction system and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot are optional. The Sport steps up to 18-inch black wheels, orange interior and exterior elements, LED fog lights, an extra driving mode, and an additional X-Mode traction system setting. 

Available trims

The 2020 Toyota Rav4 is offered in the following trims: LE, XLE, Adventure, TRD Off-Road, and Limited. The LE comes nicely equipped with cloth upholstery, a USB port, 17-inch steel wheels with hubcaps, active safety aids, a split-folding rear seat, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display. The XLE steps up to 17-inch alloy wheels, five USB ports, fog lights, keyless ignition, and a power driver's seat. Optional features include heated seats and additional safety aids. The Adventure trim upgrades to 19-inch wheels, a household-style power receptacle, roof rails, soft interior materials, dual-zone automatic climate control, orange interior accents, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display, and a leather-covered steering wheel. 

While both crossovers come nicely equipped, the Forester gives you more bang for your buck. For additional information, contact or visit your Subaru of Twin Falls dealership

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