The 2020 Toyota RAV4 and the 2020 Subaru Forester are two of today’s most popular compact SUVs. However, the RAV4 comes out on top in a side-by-side comparison, boasting stronger performance, more standard safety features, a hybrid option, and Toyota’s outstanding no-cost maintenance plan.
Energetic Performance and Capabilities
The 2020 Toyota RAV4 carries a solidly capable engine with ample power for busy highways and remote trails. This 2.5-liter inline-four powerplant puts out 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. If you opt for the Adventure or TRD Off-Road trims, you can also tow up to 3,500 pounds. The 2020 Subaru Forester features a similar engine, but at 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque, it’s not nearly as powerful. It can’t tow as much either, maxing out at 1,500 pounds.
If you’re seeking the advanced efficiency and eco-friendliness of a hybrid powertrain, you’ll only find it on one of these models. The RAV4 Hybrid combines an electric motor and a gas engine to get a combined 219 horsepower. It also yields an impressive 41 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.* In stark contrast, the Forester doesn’t offer a hybrid option.
Standard Safety Features
The RAV4 offers a generous standard package of Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 features, including a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Tracing Assist, and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. For extra protection and peace of mind, the RAV4 also comes with standard Road Sign Assist and Automatic High Beams, neither of which are offered among the Forester’s standard safety features.
If you buy the RAV4, it will come covered by the free ToyotaCare maintenance plan. For the first two years or 25,000 miles of ownership, all your vehicle’s normal scheduled maintenance will be covered at no cost. In addition, you’ll receive two years of free 24-hour roadside assistance. However, if you buy the Forester, you’ll have to pay extra money for this type of coverage.
With all these advantages, it’s not hard to see why the 2020 Toyota RAV4 leads the compact SUV segment. Learn more about this impressive vehicle by contacting us here at Krause Toyota in Breinigsville, PA.
*41 city/38 hwy/40 combined mpg for LE Hybrid, XLE Hybrid, XSE Hybrid and Limited Hybrid. Actual mileage will vary.