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2018 Subaru Forester


2018 Toyota RAV4

26 city / 32 hwy

Fuel Economy

23 city / 30 hwy
170 hp


176 hp
174 lb-ft


172 lb-ft

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For customers who want a small car, they do not need to compromise on interior space. There are compact SUVs, which combine the roominess of sport utility vehicles with the economy of tiny rides. The Subaru Forester and the Toyota RAV4 are two of the oldest nameplates in this segment, both coming out in the 1990s. Indeed, the RAV4, which debuted three years before the Forester, is credited as being the first compact crossover SUV. For the 2018 model year, little if any changes are made to either vehicle as they both continue with their fourth production cycles. Thus, the Forester continues to be a slightly superior choice over the RAV4, based on the following reasons:

All-Wheel Drive

It’s normal practice for automakers to make available on some of their SUVs an all-wheel-drive system. With engine power going to all wheels, some can compensate for others when there is slippage. The result is the improved ability to drive efficiently on surfaces made slippery by weather elements such as rain, snow, and ice. However, what makes Subaru different from all other automakers is its policy of making all-wheel drive the standard drivetrain on all its vehicles. And the 2018 Forester is no exception. On the 2018 Toyota RAV4, you’d have to upgrade to all-wheel drive from the standard front-wheel drive, which would require you to pay a few more thousands of dollars. And with the RAV4 already more expensive than the Forester without the all-wheel drive, it only enhances the overall value of the latter by comparison.

Fuel Effeciency

Since engine power is distributed to all four wheels, instead of just two of them, vehicles with all-wheel drive systems tend to be less fuel efficient than front- or rear-wheel-drive ones. However, with the 2018 Subaru Forester, you’d get great miles-per-gallon (mpg) ratings—even with its standard all-wheel drive. Coupled with the standard 2.5-liter horizontally opposed 4-cylinder (H4) engine and continuously variable transmission—which eschews the energy-draining gear-shifting mechanism employed on traditional transmissions—fuel economy tops out at 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Even with front-wheel drive, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 can only manage up to 23/30 mpg, which is 3 less mpg in the city and 2 less mpg on the highway than the Forester. And with the optional all-wheel drive, those numbers dip to 22/28 mpg, which is 4 less mpg in overall fuel efficiency.

Engine Power & Choices

In addition to the aforementioned 2.5-liter H4 engine, Subaru offers on the 2018 Forester a higher-level workhorse, which is standard on the upper-tier Premium and Touring trims. The engine is the smaller but turbocharged 2.0-liter H4, which produces 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 does not offer more than one engine choice; it sticks with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, which produces 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. That’s 74 less horsepower and 86 less lb-ft of torque than the most that the Forester can offer.

Ready to find out for yourself why the 2018 Subaru Forester is a better choice as a small SUV than the 2018 Toyota RAV4? In addition to our rich inventory of vehicles, our dealership in Tallahassee, Florida are known for our excellent customer service and a team of Subaru experts, as evidenced by glowing aggregated reviews on Google and DealerRater.com. Call us today to set up an appointment with one of our sales professionals.

MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

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