A side-by-side comparison of the 2020 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2020 Subaru Forester.

2020 Toyota RAV4 vs 2020 Subaru Forester

2020 Toyota RAV4 vs 2020 Subaru Forester
Serra Lifetime Warranty (Learn More) X
Serra Platinum Package (Learn More) X
Toyota Care X
Toyota Safety Sense X
2.5-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 2.5-L, 4-Cyl.
203/184 Horsepower/Torque 182/176
27/35 Base Fuel Economy 26/33
3,500 lbs.* Max. Towing 1,500 lbs.
*When properly equipped
Toyota has a well-earned reputation for building some of the most popular and capable crossover SUVs in the global automotive industry. Despite sitting at or near the top of this competitive class, other automakers continue to try to knock Toyota off its perch. A comparison of the 2020 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2020 Subaru Forester will help buyers sift through the noise and find a vehicle that will meet their needs. It would be easy to take a close glance at the two models’ spec sheets and write them off as close competitors with a few differences. That couldn’t be further from the truth. The two vehicles trade a few elements back and forth, but at the end of the day the 2020 RAV4 comes out ahead. Customers can schedule a test drive with the 2020 Toyota RAV4 today by calling, 256-274-4354. Both the 2020 Toyota RAV4 and 2020 Subaru Forester are two-row crossover SUVs with seating for up to five passengers. Drivers and passengers in each of these vehicles will have approximately the same leg-, hip- and shoulder room dimensions for the entire quintet of riders. The overall parity also extends to the cargo volume offered by the Toyota and Subaru crossover SUVs. When there are people sitting in the rear seat of the 2020 RAV4, there is still 37.5 cubic-feet of cargo volume, which is actually more than the 2020 Forester when it’s in the same configuration. The 2020 RAV4 can also have its rear seat folded down to make 69.8 cubic-feet available. The 2020 Forester does have slightly more space, but not by much in some iterations. Owners of the 2020 Toyota RAV4 will also be able to use a high-speed Wi-Fi hotspot in all of its trims.

Performance Specs and Towing Capacity 

Anyone interested in the 2020 Toyota RAV4 or the 2020 Subaru Forester will only have one powertrain to choose from for each vehicle. Future owners of the 2020 RAV4 will have a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine attached to an eight-speed automatic transmission, making 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. When the Toyota RAV4 is properly equipped, it can tow up to 3,500 pounds. On the other side of the equation is the 2020 Subaru Forester with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine of its own. It uses a continuously variable transmission that will make 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. The 2020 Forester has a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds.
A photo of the dashboard in the 2020 Toyota RAV4.
A photo of the seating options in the 2020 Toyota RAV4.
A photo of the front seats in the 2020 Toyota RAV4.
A photo of the rear cargo area in the 2020 Toyota RAV4.