Drivers in Somerset, Bristol, and Fall River take on many adventures. Something that can help them tackle the next one is a capable and comfortable compact SUV. Two of the most popular vehicles in this class are the 2020 Subaru Forester and the 2020 Toyota RAV4.

One great way to find out which one is the right vehicle for you is to check out this competitive comparison. It's the Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4. Let's see which one comes out on top!

Driving Capabilities

Subaru Forester X-MODEThe Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system of the Subaru Forester comes standard. It's specially designed to maximize stability and provide optimal traction. It also provides more dynamic handling and a faster response to road conditions. The Toyota RAV4 comes standard with front-wheel drive (FWD), and an AWD system is just an available add-on.

Both of these new SUVs include a Sport Mode, but with the available Subaru Intelligent Drive, you'll also get Sport Sharp Mode. It takes fine-tuning to a new level. It boosts the throttle response and enhances the transmission for an even more exhilarating drive.

The new Subaru Forester also includes available X-MODE®. It's engineered with the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system in mind. It maximizes traction on slippery surfaces. Plus, the additional dual-function X-MODE® that's available on the Limited, Sport, and Touring trim levels adds settings for Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud.

Spacious and Comfortable Interiors

While both vehicles have plenty of room, the new Forester gives you a little more space to stretch out. It offers 41.2 inches of front headroom and 43.3 inches of front legroom. This is in contrast to the more limited 37.7 inches of headroom and 41 inches of legroom in the front seats of the RAV4. Everyone will have the opportunity to personalize their comfort in either model because they both have available dual-zone automatic climate control systems.

When it comes time to pack up for your next road trip, it's good to know that both vehicles come standard with 60/40-split flat-folding rear seats. However, it's the new Forester that offers more room for your gear. It has 76.1 cubic feet of cargo space, whereas the Toyota RAV4 only has 69.8 cubic feet of cargo room.

Keeping You Safe

You need an SUV that's going to help you and your family remain safe while you're on all your adventures. Luckily, both SUVs can be equipped with a wide array of advanced safety technologies.

The Toyota RAV4 comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0. Its standard features include Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology comes standard in the Subaru Forester. This safety suite comes with standard features that include Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering that helps when you're cruising down the highway and the Pre-Collision Braking System. Plus, there's Lane Departure and Sway Warning with Lane Keep Assist. In addition, the Forester also has available Blind-Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Subaru Forester vs Toyota RAV4: Which Will Take Home the Win?

The competition was fierce, and although both SUVs obviously have the ability to keep you safe on the roads of Somerset, Bristol, and Fall River, there can only be one winner. With a standard AWD system and more interior space, the Subaru Forester is clearly our victor. If you think it could be the right compact SUV for your next adventure, come see us at Stateline Subaru.

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