2024 Subaru Forester vs 2023 Toyota RAV4View Inventory
If you’re in the market for an affordable compact crossover, then the 2024 Subaru Forester now available at Stivers Decatur Subaru and the 2023 Toyota RAV4 are among the most compelling. The 2024 RAV4 hasn’t arrived yet as of this writing but we know that it will be unchanged from the 2023 edition, which will likely be available at a discount. Subaru offers the more aggressive starting MSRP by about 6%, so be mindful of that price difference. In addition to the Base trim, your options for the Forester are the Premium, Sport, Limited, Wilderness and Touring. The RAV4 is available in the LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, Limited and TRD Off-Road trim levels.
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The first thing to note when comparing the 2024 Subaru Forester vs 2023 Toyota RAV4 is that the vehicles are quite similar in form factor. Both are compact crossover SUVs with four doors and a rear liftgate. The Forester has a 105.1-inch wheelbase, a standard 8.7-inch ground clearance and a 182.7-inch length, which is a bit more than 15 feet. The RAV4, on the other hand, has a 105.9-inch wheelbase, a standard 8.6-inch ground clearance and a 181.5-inch length. Standard equipment in both cases includes LED headlamps, 17-inch aluminum wheels and roof rails. Eighteen-inch wheels are available for both models depending on the trim level, and Toyota offers 19-inch wheels specifically with the XLE Premium.
The 2024 Subaru Forester and 2023 Toyota RAV4 are both five-passenger vehicles, but Subaru engineers do a lot more with the space available for passengers. Front headroom is greater by almost 2 inches. Front legroom is greater by more than 2 inches, and rear legroom is greater by more than an inch and a half, which is not insignificant when it comes to accommodating adults. Toyota tells us this was a decision made in order to allow for more dedicated cargo space, and the RAV4 does have more: 37.6 vs 28.9 cubic feet. But be mindful that the difference is not as great as the on-paper numbers may suggest. There’s no standard for measuring cargo space, and such comparisons are best made in person.
Subaru Forester Mechanical specs
The 2024 Subaru Forester available at Stivers Decatur Subaru is designed exclusively as an all-wheel-drive SUV. The 2023 Toyota RAV4 is designed as a front-wheel-drive vehicle although AWD is available as a standalone option and through the Adventure and TRD Off-Road trim levels. Subaru opts for a continuously variable transmission mated to a 2.5L four-cylinder engine. All models feature selectable drive modes. Toyota opts for an eight-speed automatic transmission mated to a 2.5L four-cylinder as well. Selectable drive modes are limited to the Adventure and TRD Off-Road.
Technology - 2024 Subaru Forester dealer
Standard and optional infotainment and driver-assistance technologies are similar when comparing the 2024 Subaru Forester vs 2023 Toyota RAV4. Both automakers require you to move beyond the base trim for blind-spot monitoring, and Subaru offers evasive steering assist at that point, which Toyota doesn’t offer at all. Toyota offers digital rearview mirror in addition to a surround-view camera as an upgrade to the standard rearview camera, which Subaru does not. With the Forester, you have the option of a driver attention monitoring system, which is a feature you cannot get on the RAV4.
Call or email us at Stivers Decatur Subaru if you have any further questions about the 2024 Subaru Forester vs 2023 Toyota RAV4. You can also chat with us online through our website. Our team can discuss Subaru incentives, explore finance options and provide custom quotes, and if you’d like to test-drive the new Forester, no appointment is needed. Simply visit us at your convenience.