The 2019 Subaru Forester and the Toyota RAV4 are two of the most popular vehicles in the affordable compact SUV class. If you're in Bloomfield, Montclair, or Clifton and you're considering these vehicles for your next purchase, here's a side-by-side comparison put together by our team here at Lynnes Subaru to help you decide which will meet your needs the best. 

Subaru Forester vs Toyota RAV4: Convenience and Safety

Both of these SUVs have plenty of convenient features to go around. One feature that sets the new Subaru Forester apart is the available Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and PIN-code access. While the new Toyota RAV4 has a similar feature, it does not include the extra security provided by the PIN-code of the Forester.

When it comes to safety, one way the Forester outshines the RAV4 is with the available DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System that monitors you, the driver, for signs of fatigue and distraction throughout the drive using infrared sensors and facial recognition software. In the event that it determines that you are distracted, it will use audible beeps to get your attention back on the road. This feature is not available in the RAV4.

Comfort Inside the Cabin

Comfort is also a determining factor when shopping for your next SUV. The 2019 Forester has a passenger volume that measures at 111 cubic feet and has plenty of space for headroom, legroom, and shoulder room in both rows of seating. Up front, you will get to enjoy 41.2 inches of headroom, 43.3 inches of legroom, and 58.2 inches of shoulder room. The back is just as roomy with 39.6 inches of headroom, 39.4 inches of legroom, and 57.2 inches of shoulder room.

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is not quite as impressive in the interior comfort department. Its passenger volume only allows for 98.9 cubic feet, and its measurements in the individual rows of seating also fall short. In the front, the headroom is 37.7 inches, the legroom is 41 inches, and the shoulder room is 57.8 inches. In the backseat, the RAV4 has 39.5 inches of headroom, 37.8 inches of legroom, and 56.4 inches of shoulder room.       

2019 Subaru Forester vs Toyota RAV4: The Verdict

While both the Subaru Forester and the Toyota RAV4 are affordable, only one gives you optimum convenience, safety, and comfort out on the road.

Stop into our Subaru dealership serving Bloomfield, Montclair, and Clifton to see the 2019 Subaru Forester for yourself. We offer a huge inventory of new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles for you to choose from. Whether you're looking for a vehicle to replace the one you've let go or you'd like 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. 

Contact us today to set up an appointment with one of our sales team members or schedule a test drive online. We hope to see you soon!

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Lynnes Subaru

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