Toyota RAV4 vs Subaru Forester


Many drivers around Philadelphia, Trevose, and Bensalem, PA, are bouncing back and forth between the 2021 Toyota RAV4 and the 2021 Subaru Forester. They’re great vehicles that offer ample cabin space, incredible capabilities, and impressive fuel economy!

While both have a lot to offer, you can only drive one home at the end of it all. Find out which works better for your needs with our 2021 Toyota RAV4 vs. Subaru Forester comparison. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Faulkner Toyota Trevose as soon as possible with any questions!

Toyota RAV4 Cargo Space

RAV4 vs Forester: Cargo Capabilities

Let’s first take a look at the space you’ll get inside these two SUVs. While each provides seating for five and gives you the ability to reconfigure seats to create more room for cargo, you’ll have more room for all your gear inside the 2021 Toyota RAV4.

With a car full of passengers, the RAV4 still offers 37.6 cubic feet of cargo volume behind both of its two rows of seating. Behind the second row of the Subaru Forester, there’s just 28.9 cubic feet of cargo space.

Larger cargo can also come along with you in either SUV. Although, the Toyota RAV4 comes standard with roof rails, which is something only offered as an available feature in the Subaru Forester. On top of that, the 2021 RAV4 can tow up to 3,500 pounds, which is plenty of strength when taking the camper along on the trip. The 2021 Forester has a towing capacity that reaches only 1,500 pounds.

Explore More Places in the Toyota RAV4

Driving a crossover is more than having plenty of room to pack up your gear. It’s also about getting off the beaten path and pursuing your adventures. That’s where the 2021 RAV4 comes in.

While both models can give you all-wheel driving capabilities, there are unique features that the RAV4 offers that give it even great capabilities over rugged terrain:

  • Multi-Terrain Select: Just use the dial of this available system and choose from four different modes to fine-tune the performance of the Toyota RAV4. Switch from MUD & SAND mode to ROCK & DIRT, SNOW, or NORMAL mode, depending on the terrain you’re driving over.
  • TRD-tuned Suspension: This specially tuned suspension is built to give you smooth and stable driving over uneven roads. 
  • Skid Plates: These stainless-steel front skid plates help protect the underbody of the Toyota RAV4, so nothing gets damaged from the rocks and other debris that’s kicked up while you cruise along the trails.

The Subaru Forester, even with its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, can’t offer the same benefits.

2021 RAV4 vs 2021 Forester: Impressive Fuel Economy

2021 Toyota RAV4

Perhaps most impressively, despite all its power-oriented, rugged capabilities, the Toyota RAV4 is still able to maintain an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 27 city/35 highway MPG.1 Meanwhile, the Forester is able to get 26 city/33 highway MPG.

The Toyota RAV4 doesn’t end there, either, when it comes to its efficiency. It has an available hybrid powertrain that does an even better job at conserving fuel. With this, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 can get up to an EPA-estimated 41 city/38 highway MPG.1 Unfortunately, the Subaru Forester just has its one powertrain, so its fuel economy is more limited.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Technology

Tech Features in the 2021 RAV4 vs Forester

Nowadays, vehicles offer a range of tech features, from systems that give you plenty of entertainment options to other features that add more convenience to your life. These SUVs have a list of tech features inside their cabins, but there are some slight differences.


Toyota RAV4

Subaru Forester

Android Auto™/Apple CarPlay®




7 inches

6.5 inches

Wi-Fi Hotspot



Amazon Alexa Compatible


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Digital Rearview Mirror


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While you can stay connected and use your smartphone’s applications while driving in both SUVs, the added convenience of Amazon Alexa in the Toyota RAV4 makes it easy to check the score of the game or get updates on the weather forecast. Plus, you can even control your smart-home devices remotely with Amazon Alexa, so if you forgot to turn off the lights in your home, you can do so while you’re on your way to work. 

Toyota RAV4 vs Subaru Forester: Which Model Is Safer?

On top of the tech systems that are featured inside their cabins, each of these SUVs also come with additional technology features that help you stay safe. While the 2021 Forester comes with EyeSight®, a bundle of driver-assistive features, the 2021 RAV4 is equipped with Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0.

This comes with even more safety technologies that are either not standard or not available in the Forester, including:

  • Automatic High Beams: When driving at night, the high beams will automatically turn on when needed to give you better visibility. Then when it detects an oncoming car, the high beams will automatically turn off, so both you and the other driver can see clearly.


  • Road Sign Assist: This system can detect speed limit signs, stop signs, and other important road signs and will display that information on the Multi-Information Display inside the RAV4. That way, you’re always alert to what’s coming up ahead and know the rules of the road at all times.

Along with the systems that come with Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0, the 2021 RAV4 also offers the available Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automated Braking. Whether you’re pulling into a tight parking spot in a crowded shopping center or an open space along the street in the city, this system will help you safely get in and out of the parking spot.

Contact Us Today to Schedule a Test Drive!

While the 2021 Toyota RAV4 and 2021 Subaru Forester have a lot of great similarities, you can see that the 2021 Toyota RAV4 offers more safety features, versatile capabilities, and efficient driving.

With that in mind, if you live near Bensalem, Trevose, or Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, you can take it for a spin today at Faulkner Toyota Trevose. Just call us now and we’ll get you set up with a test drive!


1EPA-estimated 27 city/35 hwy/30 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 LE FWD and Limited FWD; 27 city/34 hwy/30 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 LE AWD; 28 city/35 hwy/30 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 XLE FWD and XLE Premium FWD; 27 city/33 hwy/29 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 XLE AWD and XLE Premium AWD; 25 city/33 hwy/28 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 Adventure and Limited AWD; 25 city/32 hwy/28 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 TRED Off-Road; and 41 city/38 hwy/40 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 LE Hybrid, XLE Hybrid, XLE Premium Hybrid, XSE Hybrid, and Limited Hybrid. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle’s condition and how/where you drive. See

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