2019 Subaru Forester


2019 Toyota  RAV4

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Features & Specs

2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Toyota  RAV4

Standard Drivetrain

All-Wheel Drive

Front-Wheel Drive



8-Speed Automatic




Fuel Capacity

16.6 Gallons

14.5 Gallons

2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Toyota  RAV4 near Philadelphia, PA

If you are in the market for an SUV that can do it all but having a hard time finding the right one that meets all your needs you have come to the right place! We have created this comparison review to analyze two of the segments top models -- the 2019 Subaru Forester and the 2019 Toyota RAV4 -- and all they have to offer so you can make the most informed decision! The Forester is coming into the 2019 model year as a completely new model. Everything from the wheels that touch the road to the rook rack you pile supplies on is brand new! The RAV4 is also brand new for the 2019 model year, offering a more technology forward, capable, and comfortable ride. Keep reading down below to learn even more about these vehicles and which one may be the best for you!

2019 Subaru Forester Power & Handling

Each and every 2019 Subaru Forester is powered by the same engine and boy is it impressive. This engine, a 2.5-liter flat-4, is actually brand new for the 2019 model year. Pumping out 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque this engine is more powerful than those used in the past and features a brand new direct-injection system. The powerplant is mated to a continuously variable transmission for a seamless and comfortable drive time after time. In some trim levels, this transmission features shift paddles so it can mimic a seven-speed automatic. The EPA has estimated this engine will reach up to 33 miles per gallon on the highway! Fantastic numbers, especially if you are ready for an adventure and gas stations are few and far between! We cannot forget to mention that all-wheel drive is the standard drivetrain configuration for every single Forester model -- even the base!

2019 Toyota  RAV4 Power & Handling

All Toyota RAV4 models are powered by the same engine in the 2019 model year as well. This 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine creates 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque and comes mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is the standard drivetrain while all-wheel drive is available for some trim levels. Fuel economy estimates range depending on the model and drivetrain combination but you can expect to get between 32 and 34 miles per gallon on the highway. 

2019 Subaru Forester Features & Design

The Subaru Forester is offered in five trim levels in the 2019 model year. They include the Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring. Standard features include selectable drive modes, a driver information display, automatic climate control, push-button start, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, automatic brake hold, a rearview camera, 17-inch steel wheels, and automatic LED headlights. Further standard features include the EyeSight safety features bundle, Starlink app suite, a four-speaker audio system, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, and smartphone integration. The higher trim levels come outfitted with features like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cargo cover, keyless entry, heated mirrors, heated front seats, steering wheel mounted shift paddles, an 8-inch touchscreen, driver seat memory functions and so much more!

2019 Toyota  RAV4 Features & Design

The Toyota RAV4 is also offered in five trim levels for the 2019 model year. They include the LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, and Limited. Standard features include LED taillights, privacy glass, rearview camera, cloth upholstery, rear seat with 60/40 split folding, remote keyless entry, one USB port, a 7-inch touchscreen, with smartphone integration, Bluetooth, and eight cupholders. Higher trim levels offer features like ambient interior lighting, a larger touchscreen, additional USB ports, heated steering wheel, rear heated passenger seats, leather upholstery, digital speedometer, and more. A lot of the highly sought after features can only be found in packages.


It was a tight race for sure but I believe we have a winner: the 2019 Subaru Forester! This model offers more than the RAV4 could ever dream of. The standard all-wheel-drive system makes it a safe and capable ride no matter the trim level you opt for while the standard features are bountiful. Plus, the Forester comes loaded with a whole suite of standard safety features to keep you safe no matter where your journey may take you! Want to learn more? Visit the showroom today or check out on inventory online!

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