2017 Toyota RAV4 vs 2017 Subaru Forester

The world of crossovers is filled with heated competition, and most of them are trying to dethrone the Toyota RAV4 from its spot as one of America’s favorite crossovers. Subaru is definitely taking its shot with the 2017 Subaru Forester. Let’s see how the two compare with this 2017 Toyota RAV4 vs 2017 Subaru Forester comparison. We shall find out whether the Subaru has what it takes to conquer the RAV4.

Right from the start, we can look at how these two models look sitting side by side. Toyota with its inspired styling has the RAV4 looking aggressive, sporty, and ready for anything. The Subaru Forester is a different story. Its boring and subdued lines make this crossover look like it came off the factory floor ten years ago, but we assure you, this is the latest model. If that’s enough to convince you alone, then look at our RAV 4 inventory here at Arlington Toyota, otherwise read on to see how these two models compare by the numbers.

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2017 Toyota RAV4 VS 2017 Subaru Forester
23 City / 30 Highway Fuel Economy 22 City / 28 Highway
AWD and FWD Available Drivetrains AWD
176 Base Horsepower 170
73.4 cubic feet Max Cargo Volume 68.5 cubic feet

2017 Toyota RAV4 feature comparison

One of the first concerns when it comes to buying a crossover comes from fuel efficiency, and this is the first place where the RAV4 comes out ahead. The RAV4, with its ability to be a front-wheel drive crossover allows prospective buyers to balance between efficiency and capability. Toyota believes that a choice is always better, and that’s why they provide both FWD and AWD drivetrains as opposed to the all-wheel drive only Forester.

Not only do you get better fuel economy with the RAV4, but you also get a little more horsepower from the base model when compared to the base model Forester. On top of that, the RAV4 provides more room for cargo. The Toyota RAV4 is just more adaptable and more able to stand up to the demands of the everyday driver.

Your friends at Arlington Toyota can help you find the perfect Toyota RAV4 right here in Palatine. Simply browse through our inventory and schedule your test drive right online, or come down to see us in person. Let’s show you why so many people love the Toyota RAV4.

2017 Toyota RAV4 two tone seats
2017 Toyota RAV4 steering wheel and dash
2017 Toyota RAV4 gauge cluster
2017 Toyota RAV4 sunroof

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