2022 Subaru Forester vs 2022 Toyota RAV4: Compact SUV Comparison in Columbus

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2022 Subaru Forester vs 2022 Toyota RAV4 Comparison in Columbus, OH

All SUVs are not created equally. Some are large and seat a multitude of passengers while some are smaller yet offer impressive performance, fuel efficiency, and luxurious comfort. That's where you'll find the 2022 Subaru Forester crossover SUV. With award-winning safety features, standard All-Wheel Drive, and the iconic BOXER® engine, the Forester is a vehicle that will get you where you want to go in style. Plus the rugged Wilderness trim offers higher ground clearance so you can explore to your heart's content. While we believe that the Forester is the ideal compact SUV for life in Columbus, we also know it's not the only one you can choose. To save you from having to hours of research, we've compiled this comparison page below so you can see how the Forester stacks up against the 2022 Toyota RAV4. When you're done reading, we invite you to stop by Byers Airport Subaru with any questions you may have.

Close-up of 2022 Forester wheel

2022 Subaru Forester vs 2022 Toyota RAV4: Design & Exterior Features

The 2022 Forester has a ground clearance of 8.7" while the 2022 RAV4 is close behind with 8.6". This means there aren't many off-road conditions that scare these SUVs but if you're looking for a vehicle that can conquer almost any adventure, the fearless Forester Wilderness trim has a 9.2" ground clearance and standard all-terrain tires to withstand almost any road or trail. LED Steering Responsive headlights are standard fare on the Forester, an innovative system that follows the path of your vehicle for ideal visibility while cornering. The RAV4 offers standard LED headlights while both SUVs boast available LED fog lights. You'll find available roof rails on both vehicles but only the Forester Wilderness model comes with standard roof rails that can hold up to 800 lbs.

Shot of the moonroof from the interior of the Forester

2022 Subaru Forester vs 2022 Toyota RAV4: Comfort & Technology

Both the 2022 Forester and 2022 RAV4 offer luxurious interior amenities including available heated front seats and dual-zone climate control. While heated rear outboard seats and a heated steering wheel are available features on the Forester, they're optional on the RAV4, costing you more. Only the Forester offers available leather-trimmed upholstery and one-touch folding rear seatbacks for easy access to the cargo area. When you fold the rear seats down in the Forester it opens up to a vast 74.2 cubic feet of space while in the RAV4, you only get 69.8 cubic feet. When it comes to head and legroom, the Forester is the winner hands down, boasting almost 15% more space than its rival.

You'll find standard multimedia infotainment systems in both the Forester and the RAV4, which include Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ but only the Forester offers standard Bluetooth® for seamless audio streaming and hands-free calling. On the higher trim levels, both SUVs offer systems with navigation but you'll only find hands-free texting on the Forester.

Powder blue Forester on road with bikes on roof

2022 Subaru Forester vs 2022 Toyota RAV4: Performance

Both the 2022 Forester and the 2022 RAV4 have potent 2.5L engines under the hood and while the RAV4 may generate more horsepower and torque, the Forester has a not-so-secret weapon in the performance game: the legendary horizontally opposed SUBARU BOXER® engine. With a lower center of gravity, the Forester offers better handling, a smoother ride, and perfect balance. The Forester comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel drive while the RAV4 is front-wheel drive. You can opt in for AWD on the RAV4 but that means you'll be spending an extra $1,400.

Dark blue Forester traveling down dirt road with daytime running lights

2022 Subaru Forester vs 2022 Toyota RAV4: Safety

Subaru and Toyota are two companies whose names are synonymous with safety. The NHTSA awarded both the 2022 Forester and the 2022 RAV4 an overall five star safety rating and the IIHS named the RAV4 a Top Safety Pick. However, the Forester was named a Top Safety Pick+, the highest rating the IIHS gives out. Both compact SUVs have driver assistance suites that offer an extra layer of peace of mind. The Forester comes standard with the impressive EyeSight® collection while the Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 is standard fare on the RAV4. They both offer features such as the Pre-Collision Braking System, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control, and much more. For even more safety, only the Forester boasts the available DriverFocus® Distraction Mitigation System to keep drivers awake and aware while driving.

2022 Subaru Forester vs 2022 Toyota RAV4: Overall Value

The 2022 Subaru Forester has a starting MSRP of only $25,895, almost $1,000 less than the 2022 Toyota RAV4. If you add features to the RAV4 that are standard on the Forester, like All-Wheel Drive, you'll end up spending even more. You'll find your best value with the Forester. Stop by Byers Airport Subaru today to see this thrilling compact SUV in person or contact us online or by phone to schedule your test drive. We're excited to get you behind the wheel of a new Subaru SUV today!

Feature 2022 Subaru Forester 2022 Toyota RAV4
Standard MSRP* $25,895 $26,975
Passenger Volume 111.6 Cubic Feet 98.9 Cubic Feet
Cargo Volume (Behind Rear Seat) 28.9 Cubic Feet 37.6 Cubic Feet
Max Cargo Volume 74.2 Cubic Feet 69.8 Cubic Feet
Standard Drive Configuration Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive
Fuel Economy (MPG) 33 Highway / 26 City 35 Highway / 27 City
NHTSA Frontal Crash Test Rating 5 Stars 4 Stars
Standard Headlights LED Steering Responsive LED
Active Torque Vectoring Standard Available
Standard Towing Capacity 1,500 Lbs. 1,500 Lbs.

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Excludes options; taxes; title; registration; delivery, processing and handling fee; dealer charges. Dealer sets actual selling price.

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