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2019 Subaru Forester

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2019 Subaru Forester vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4

Looking for an SUV that has plenty of passenger and cargo space, but doesn’t compromise on performance features? The 2019 Subaru Forester fits the bill. The RAV4 is also a solid pick, but is more costly and less prepared to venture off the beaten path. Explore the Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4 in terms of performance features, standard interior amenities, and price before visiting Garavel Subaru to see the Forester in person!

Toyota RAV4 vs. Subaru Forester: Performance

Both the RAV4 and Forester are great choices for family-friendly SUVs, but the Forester offers stronger performance specs than its Toyota competitor:

  • 2019 Forester: Take advantage of standard all-wheel Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, 8.7 inches of ground clearance, 1,500 pounds of towing capacity, and up to 1,451 pounds of payload capacity.
  • 2019 RAV4: You’ll need to pay extra to access all-wheel drive. You’ll also get 8.4 inches of ground clearance, the same 1,500 pounds of towing capacity, and 1,240 pounds of payload capacity.

While these models are similar in terms of performance output, the Forester pulls ahead slightly in key areas. You can also access Forester performance features like a Traction Control System, Hill Descent Control, and Active Torque Vectoring. Opt for the optional X-MODE®, which optimizes engine output and transmission ration (as well as increased all-wheel drive system engagement) for the best traction regardless of the terrain you’re tackling.

Standard Features

When you’re searching for a cost-effective SUV, you want to be sure that you’re getting the most bang for your buck. Here’s what you’ll get in terms of standard features in the Forester and RAV4:

  • 2019 Forester: The fully redesigned Subaru SUV offers standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, a Rear-Vision Camera, SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia with Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto, LED headlights, an updated SUBARU BOXER® engine, up to 76.1 cubic feet of cargo space, and a high-strength steel body structure.
  • 2019 RAV4: On the Toyota SUV, you’ll get Toyota Safety Sense™, integrated backup camera, Apple CarPlay™, the basic version of Entune, up to 69.8 cubic feet or cargo space, and LED headlights.

The RAV4 does not come standard with all-wheel drive, so you’ll have to pay extra in order to get this handy performance feature. The RAV4 also provides the lesser version of Toyota-specific features like Entune on the base, requiring you to spend more to access more exciting features.

Forester vs. RAV4: Price

When you’re on the market for an SUV, chances are that you want the best deal possible. Here’s how the Forester price compares to that of the RAV4:

  • 2019 Forester: The base Forester starts at $24,295. You can also opt for the Forester Premium ($26,695), Forester Sport $28,795), Forester Limited ($30,795), and Forester Touring ($34,295).
  • 2019 RAV4: The base RAV4 LE starts at $25,500. Your other choices are the XLE ($27,300), XLE Premium ($29,500), and Adventure ($32,900). The Adventure trim is the only model that offers standard all-wheel drive.

While the highest Forester trim is the most expensive, there are also five Forester configurations as opposed to four RAV4 configurations. Plus, the Forester adds many more standard features to start.

Explore the 2019 Forester in Person at Garavel Subaru!

Learn more about the Forester by comparing it to the Outback and then explore the new Subaru Forester inventory. Visit our dealership near Wilton to find the right SUV for your lifestyle and budget. And before you stop by, be sure to check out our new Subaru Forester incentives! If you’re still not sure, consider a used Subaru Forester. Our team is standing by to help you find the right Subaru to enhance your New Canaan commute for the best price.


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