2015 Subaru Forester vs. 2015 Toyota Rav4

The 2015 Subaru Forester and the Toyota RAV4 are two of the most popular vehicles in the affordable compact SUV class. If you're considering these vehicles for your next purchase, here's a side-by-side comparison to help you decide which will best meet your needs. 

Power and Performance

The Subaru Forester offers two engine options, whereas the Toyota RAV4 only offers one. 

The Forester comes standard equipped with the 2.5-liter DOHC (dual overhead camshaft) aluminum alloy 16-valve horizontally opposed four-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine with the Dual Active Valve Control System, which produces 170 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. You can upgrade to a 2.0-liter DOHC direct-injected, intercooled, turbocharged aluminum alloy option that produces 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The only engine offered in the RAV4 is the 2.5-liter four-cylinder DOHC 16-valve engine with dual Variable Valve Timing. 

When it comes down to a driving test, the two vehicles are powered approximately the same in the base model. But the major difference comes in actual functionality. While the ride in the 2015 Subaru Forester is comfortable despite road conditions, the ride in the RAV4 is a lot rougher. You'll feel more of the bumps and hear more wind noise in the RAV4. 

So comparatively, the 2015 Subaru Forester is the winning choice if you're looking for high off-road capability or just everyday comfortable driving. 


Of course, it isn't all about how well a vehicle drives. You want your next one to be comfortable as well.

While the interior of the 2015 Subaru Forester has loads of high-end features, including keyless access and push-button start as well as high-quality materials, the interior of the RAV4 feels like the vehicle is in the affordable vehicle class. 

And while they both, in fact, are in the affordable compact SUV class, only one of them feels affordable. The other-the 2015 Subaru Forester-feels high end and nice inside, with soft-touch materials, ample standard features, and spacious and comfortable seating. 

On the other hand, the interior of the RAV4 is filled with too many hard plastics and not enough high-quality materials. 

So while both the Subaru Forester and the Toyota RAV4 are affordable, only one gives you different engine options, a more comfortable ride, and more features for your buck.

Stop into your local NJ Subaru dealership, Lynnes Subaru, to see the 2015 Subaru Forester for yourself. We offer a huge inventory of new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles for you to choose from. So whether you're looking for a vehicle to replace the one you've let go or you're looking to add to your personal fleet, we've got you covered at Lynnes Subaru. Our knowledgeable and friendly sales team is here to help you throughout the car buying process. 

Lynnes Subaru is located at 379 Bloomfield Avenue in Bloomfield, NJ. You can call us at 888-442-4985 to set up an appointment with one of our sales team members or schedule a test drive online today. We hope to see you soon!

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