2019 Toyota RAV-4 near Bend, OR Competes with the 2019 Subaru Forester for Best Compact SUV

When talking about small SUVs, the 2019 Toyota RAV-4 near Bend, OR and the 2019 Subaru Forester are sure to come up in conversation. Both vehicles are considered excellent options in this crowded category. The 2019 RAV-4 has a lot to offer, including a fuel-saving hybrid model, but it’s the available turbocharged engine, standard All-Wheel Drive, and high ground clearance for off-road adventuring that sets the 2019 Forester apart from the 2019 RAV-4 and the rest of the pack.


Safety Comparison

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded a 5-star safety rating to both the 2019 Forester and the RAV-4. Expect standard features like airbags for drivers and passengers, child locks, daytime running lights, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, and Lane Keep Assist.

Upon closer inspection, however, the 2019 Forester’s superiority quickly becomes clear. Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is standard on this SUV, and all Limited and Touring models are equipped with rear cross-traffic alerts and Blind Spot Monitors.

Subaru’s acclaimed EyeSight system can identify upcoming road hazards using a pair of cameras and will automatically apply the brakes to reduce impact or avoid a crash. With EyeSight, drivers can get cutting-edge features such as adaptive cruise control, automatic reverse braking, and automatic headlights.

New for the 2019 model, the Forester is equipped with the all-new DriverFocus system. This system can recognize up to 5 faces and remember preferences such as seat position, radio preferences, and cabin temperature. Though DriverFocus is an impressive convenience feature, its main purpose is to lessen drowsy and distracted driving by alerting the driver if his or her eyes stray from the road.

In addition, the IIHS designated the 2019 Forester as a Top Safety Pick. The RAV-4 also performed admirably, scoring a “good” score in five out of six crashworthiness tests. For the passenger side test, however, it received a “poor” score. When it comes to safety on the road, it’s better not to take any chances.

Passenger Space Comparison

These two compact SUVs can each seat five, but passengers will find more wiggle room in the 2019 Subaru Forester. Passenger volume in the RAV-4 only comes up to 101.9 cubic feet, much less than the Forester's 111.9 offering. Front headroom and legroom are greater in the Forester, as is second-row hip room (53 in), headroom (39.8 in), and shoulder room (56.5 in).

Cargo space is another major consideration for SUV buyers, and the Forester and RAV-4 are considered to be above-average in this class. If you need more than the Forester’s 34.4 cubic feet of storage, gain 76.1 cubic feet by with the second-row seats folded down. Subaru has designed an optional one-touch mechanism that makes folding the back seats completely flat effortless.

Car shoppers will also like what the Forester has done with all that interior space. The upright shape perfectly combines with the low window line, giving drivers excellent visibility and an open feel to the whole vehicle. Thicker window glass, an acoustic windshield, and improved door seals make it pleasantly quiet inside.

Inside the RAV-4, you’ll find plenty of passenger and cargo space as well. However, several reviewers have noted some drab cabin materials and uninspired styling mark the interiors of a 2019 RAV-4 near bend, OR.

Reliability Comparison

The 2019 Subaru Forester and 2019 Toyota RAV-4 share a common suspension type: strut for the front, and a double wishbone for the rear. Both have compact spare wheels, but the front wheel tires on the Forester are slightly larger at 17X7 versus the RAV-4’s 17X6.5. The 2019 Forester is lighter at 3322 lbs., giving it a more athletic feel on the go.

The game-changer lies in Subaru's design for the updated Forester. It sits higher off the ground with 8.7 inches of ground clearance to the RAV-4's 6.1 inches. This is a significant difference because the high ground clearance allows the Forester to go off-road and tackle poor road conditions with complete confidence. Even with its higher ground clearance the Subaru Forester has a lower center of gravity thanks to the Subaru Boxer-4 engine.

Engine Comparison

The 2019 RAV-4 only offers one powertrain— a 2.5L 4-Cyl engine generating 176 horsepower and 172 lbs./ft. of torque paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission. FWD is standard on all models and opting for the coveted AWD will cost significantly more.

Drivers get more power and fuel economy with the Forester, which offers the 2.5L boxer-4 engine, featuring all-new Auto Start-Stop functionality. The 2019 Subaru Forester serves up 182 horsepower while maintaining great fuel efficiency with up to 33 MPG. The Subaru engine is considered one of the finest in its class today.

Though Subaru did away with the turbocharged engine on the 2019 Forester, the 2019 Subaru Forester Sport is equipped with X-Mode and sport-tuned SI-Drive to ensure the Forester can handle any place you take it.  Sweetening the deal is the standard All-Wheel Drive for greater grip and maneuverability.

Although the small SUV segment is bursting with compelling choices like the 2019 Toyota RAV-4 near Bend, OR, the 2019 Subaru Forester claims leadership thanks to its awesome standard features like the AWD, off-road capability, and powerful engine.

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