If you're looking for your next compact SUV, you may have come across two big names in the game: the 2020 Subaru Forester and 2020 Toyota RAV4. The question is: Which is better suited to your drives around the Wakefield, Reading, and Danvers area?

At Ira Subaru, our goal is to help you find the vehicle that's perfect for your lifestyle, which is why we've put together this vehicle comparison of the Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4. Here, you'll get the details on both vehicles, so that you can decide which is the better pick for your daily drives around Reading and Wakefield.

Subaru Forester vs Toyota RAV4: Cabin Space

The Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 offer comfortable seating for five, although rear-seat passengers may be slightly more comfortable in the Forester. The Subaru Forester allows for 39.4 inches of rear legroom, while the RAV4 follows closely behind with 37.8 inches of rear legroom.

When it comes to cargo space, the Forester takes the lead here as well. With 76.1 cubic feet of total cargo space, you'll have more packing room for moving your eldest to college, or for luggage for a group getaway.

The RAV4 offers a total of 69.8 cubic feet of space when the back seat is folded down, so you may have to leave a suitcase or two behind.

Infotainment Technology

An adventurous vehicle like the Subaru Forester or Toyota RAV4 is going to need some entertainment for longer rides, and in this category, you can't go wrong with either pick. Both SUVs come standard with Bluetooth® connectivity.

This allows you to wirelessly link your smartphone with your car, and stream audio or make hands-free phone calls while on the go. They also both have available 8-inch full-color touchscreen displays on which you can view audio and incoming call information.

If you want to fully integrate your smartphone with your infotainment system, the Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ systems, which are available with the Subaru Forester, will allow users to use their favorite apps through their touchscreen display. Features of Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ are:

  • Phone calls
  • Text messages
  • Navigation

You'll also find that Wi-Fi hotspot capability is offered with both SUVs, allowing you to stream navigation features and your favorite songs while on the go.

Forester vs RAV4: Safety Features

When your family sets out on your next vacation, you're going to want to make sure everyone reaches the destination safely. That's why we love that the Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 offer plenty of standard safety technology features that help to provide an extra sense of security while on the road.

Some of these features include:

  • A rearview camera
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping systems
  • Forward collision mitigation

The Subaru Forester also has a neat tool called Subaru DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System. This available system monitors your driving habits. If it detects patterns that imply distracted or drowsy driving, it'll issue an alert that you may want to take a break from behind the wheel.

Unfortunately, the RAV4 doesn't offer a comparable feature.

Subaru Forester vs Toyota RAV4: The Results

Although we've found both the Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 to be great choices for your next SUV, we especially like what the Forester offers drivers in the Reading, Wakefield, and Danvers area.

Want to learn more about our top pick? Come to Ira Subaru and take it for a test drive.

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