2019 Subaru Forester vs. Toyota Rav4 | Adventure Subaru

If you're in the market for a new car, it's likely that you've been flooded with information. There are reviews, spec sheets and sales pitches all over the internet - so much so that car-buying can be a bit overwhelming. Sometimes, it can help to narrow your search down to just few vehicles and striking a comparison between those cars. At Adventure Subaru, we've already done that! We poured through the spec sheets. We read all the user and critic reviews. We've done all the research, and now we want to share our information with you to help get you into the right car.

Today, we've chosen two of the best small SUVs on the market - the 2019 Subaru Forester and the Toyota Rav4. This segment of the auto market is perfect for small families and individuals who want to get out and explore the outdoors without the need or desire for a large truck or SUV. We will look at three of the most important features of a car - design, performance and safety - and see if we can pick a clear winner. Let's get started!

Stunning Design

An attractive design is crucial to a new vehicle in today's auto market. The exterior design can either impress the world around you or make it cringe as you drive by. This all depends on how people respond to the car's aesthetic. In 2019, Subaru has completely redesigned the Forester, while Toyota has kept the design of the Rav4 virtually unchanged from 2018. The 2019 Forester has abandoned the angular, boxy look from 2018 and moved towards a sleeker, more aerodynamic design.

Winner: 2019 Subaru Forester

Impressive Performance

You need your car to carry you anywhere you want to go. School, work, vacation or just out into nature. If you're going, you rely on your car to take you. This is once again an area where the 2019 Forester has a clear advantage over its Toyota counterpart. The 2019 Forester features standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive on all models, while the 2019 Rav4 only has All-Wheel Drive on more expensive models. Coupled with a rigid, steel frame and 8.7 inches of ground clearance, the 2019 Forester is the car you can trust to take you on all life's adventures.

You want a car that is able to combine plenty of power and efficiency with an effective punch. Both the 2019 Subaru Forester and the 2019 Rav4 offer these power and efficiency, but once again the Forester has an advantage. The 2019 Forester features an all-new Subaru Boxer engine, which provides the SUV with a baseline 182 horsepower, beating out the Rav4 which has 176 standard horsepower. In terms of efficiency, the 2019 Forester takes a great leap forward with an improved 33 highway MPG, beating out its rival by a few miles. This improved efficiency brings you more savings at the gas pump.

Winner: 2019 Subaru Forester

Top Safety Features

Safety is one of the most important things to look for when shopping for a vehicle. You want to be confident in your car - that it will work to prevent accidents and keep you safe if one does occur. Therefore, safety features are some of the most important parts of a vehicle. When comparing the safety features of the 2019 Subaru Forester with the Rav4, the 2019 Forester once again comes out on top. Surprised? Yeah, neither are we. Subaru has a tradition of producing safe vehicles, and the tradition continued in the design of the Forester.

Both the 2019 Forester and its Toyota counterpart utilize radar technology to help protect the driver during a journey. Subaru calls its technology the EyeSight Driver Assist, while Toyota calls its version the Toyota Safety Sense. The radar technology monitors the road around the vehicle and assists with cruise control and impact detection. Subaru adds upon this technology in the Forester, however, in a manner which Toyota does not. Alongside the EyeSight Driver Assist is the Subaru DriverFocus system, which acts as a virtual co-pilot to help the driver to avoid distracted or drowsy driving.

These features come alongside a rigid, steel frame, a multitude of airbags and five-star safety ratings. With all these features, the 2019 Subaru Forester is a car you can always feel confident and safe in.

Winner: 2019 Subaru Forester

We think it's pretty clear which car is the best choice in the compact SUV segment… the 2019 Subaru Forester, of course! With a stunning and sleek design, impressive performance and top safety features, you can feel great about what you're driving.

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