2018 Subaru Forester


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Features & Specs

2018 Subaru Forester

2018 Toyota RAV4

Wheel Size

17 X 7.0-in

17 X 6.5-in


All Wheel Drive

Front Wheel Drive

Ground Clearance

8.7 in.

6.1 in.

Front Head Room

41.4 in.

39.8 in.

2018 Subaru Forester vs 2018 Toyota RAV4 near Philadelphia, PA

The compact SUV segment is full of great contenders but two clearly stand out among the rest: the 2018 Subaru Forester and the 2018 Toyota RAV4. The Forester offers great fuel economy, a roomy cabin with superior outward visibility, and high ground clearance! As well as an optional turbocharged engine and standard all-wheel drive! The Toyota RAV4 didn't see an upgrade but it does stay relevant with a large interior with ample cargo room and tons of standard safety features! Check out the rest of our comparison review to find out which compact SUV is the best of the best!

2018 Subaru Forester Power & Handling

There are two powertrain options for the 2018 Forester both of which feature Subaru's signature flat "boxer" style engines. This engine setup is set lower into the vehicle creating enhanced stability and a lower center of gravity. The standard engine is a 2.5-liter boxer-4 engine that delivers 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque paired with the standard six-speed manual transmission or the optional Lineartronic CVT automatic. When it comes to fuel economy this engine paired with the automatic transmission can get 32 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg with the manual! A 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer-4 engine is optional for 2018 Forester models. This engine creates 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This engine gets 27 mpg on the highway.

2018 Toyota RAV4 Power & Handling

There is just one powertrain option for the 2018 RAV4. Powering all the models is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque and matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. All RAV4 models come standard with FWD but you can opt for AWD on all models. When it comes to fuel economy the RAV4 is pretty decent. With FWD this engine gets 29 mpg on the highway and with AWD 28 mpg.

2018 Subaru Forester Features & Design

The 2018 Subaru Forester carries over the redesign from 2017 with cabin comfort, enhanced interior and exterior style, and upgraded safety equipment! There are six trim levels to choose from ranging from the base 2.5i model to the top of the line 2.0XT Touring. Standard features include smartphone app integration, a four-speaker sound system, a 6.2-inch touchscreen with Subaru's Starlink technology interface, and a driver information display. As well as a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio, a height adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery, and a 60/40 folding rear seatback. Move up through the trim levels and you gain features like an upgraded sound system, a panoramic sunroof, a larger 7-inch touchscreen, a power liftgate, keyless entry and ignition, navigation, and a heated steering wheel!

2018 Toyota RAV4 Features & Design

The 2018 RAV4 is offered in six trim levels: LE, XLE, Adventure, SE, Limited and Platinum. These trim levels vary in terms of design, characteristics, and features. Standard features include a USB port, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, rear privacy glass, a rearview camera, a six-speaker sound system, a USB port, and a height-adjustable driver seat. For additional standard features, you'll have to choose a high trim level. These features include LED taillights, a heated steering wheel, fancier exterior trim, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry and ignition, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.


Both of these vehicles are incredible, built with versatility in mind, and offer superior features but the 2018 Subaru Forester is the clear winner! The Toyota RAV4 just can't compete with the Forester's ground clearance or off-roading capabilities. The Forester's standard features are also clearly superior to the RAV4's from smartphone app integration to the slightly larger touchscreen! Come on down today to check out a 2018 Subaru Forester in person!

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