A midsize SUV, such as the 2020 Subaru Forester or the Toyota RAV4, should deliver a dependable performance on any terrain and give you lots of space for your crew and your cargo. So, which SUV offers more of what you're looking for?

Koby Subaru helps drivers in Mobile, Daphne, and Fairhope decide with this Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4 comparison.

Subaru Forester vs Toyota RAV4 Capability

The Subaru Forester sits on a durable drivetrain with reliable Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. While all-wheel drive is available for the Toyota RAV4, Front-Wheel Drive is standard. You'll likely experience better traction and balance with the Subaru SUV.

Both SUVs are equipped with a traction control system and Active Torque Vectoring, but the Forester takes it a step further with X-MODE®. This unique drivetrain feature monitors your drive and can both increase and decrease your wheel spin to give you more traction.

The Toyota RAV4 doesn't offer anything like X-MODE® and isn't able to deliver as much traction on slick or uneven terrain.

Subaru Forester vs Toyota RAV4 Infotainment System

Inside each SUV, you'll find a user-friendly infotainment system. Both the 2020 Subaru Forester and the Toyota RAV4 offer a Bluetooth®-compatible 8-inch touchscreen. This lets you stream your favorite music and safely take hands-free phone calls.

With the SUBARU STARLINK® Multimedia System, you'll also get some great standard entertainment features, such as:

  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Android Auto™
  • SiriusXM® All Access Radio
  • Pandora®

The Toyota RAV4 also comes with standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. Expect top-notch smartphone integration no matter which SUV you choose.

The Forester can also be equipped with the SUBARU STARLINK® Entertainment Anywhere package. Add convenient connectivity in the form of two Apple iPad® 32GB Wi-Fi models, two Harman Kardon® Bluetooth® Headphones, and two OtterBox Defender Series iPad Cases. Despite its intuitive infotainment system, the RAV4 lacks a comparable entertainment package.

Subaru Forester vs Toyota RAV4 Interior Dimensions

Both the Subaru Forester and the Toyota RAV4 feature two rows of seats and space for up to five people. However, the Forester has a more open and comfortable interior with 111.9 cubic feet of passenger volume.

The Toyota RAV4 is more compact, and its interior has just 98.9 cubic feet of room for passengers. You'll especially notice this in its less-spacious backseat:

Interior Dimensions

Subaru Forester





41.2/39.6 inches

37.7/39.5 inches



43.3/39.4 inches

41/37.8 inches

Shoulder Room (Front/Rear)

58.2/57.2 inches

57.8/56.4 inches

You can also enjoy more cargo room inside the Forester. With its 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatback down, you'll have up to 76.1 cubic feet of cargo room.

The Toyota RAV4 also has folding seats, but its smaller interior limits how much you can load. Its maximum cargo capacity is just 69.8 cubic feet of space.

Test Drive a Midsize SUV

Visit Koby Subaru to test drive the versatile Subaru Forester. It delivers a comfortable and capable performance to drivers in Mobile, Daphne, and Fairhope. To learn more about this 2020 Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4 comparison, contact us or visit our dealership.

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