2018 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

Are you a car buyer in Milford Connecticut? Are you looking to buy either the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek or the 2018 Toyota RAV4, and confused between the two? Let us compare and contrast both the models to see which one fits your budget and style

Design & Style

Durable and sturdy construction defines the exterior styling of both the models. The Subaru Crosstrek is a typical 5-seater with sufficient space and excellent outside visibility. The seat cushioning is also good enough, but you may feel flat on long drives.  The modern interior styling has a clean layout, featuring a handful of climate and audio knobs, along with the infotainment system. The materials feel expensive, although there are cheap plastics as well.

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 can accommodate up to 5 people across 2 rows of seats, with the cabin on the narrow side. The interior is made up of strongly-built materials, along with some nice plastics. It will give you a good compact feel, as you can expect from an SUV.

Technology & Safety

No comparison of two cars is complete without judging their respective performances. The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek comes standard with Starlink infotainment interface, with connectivity features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. You get a 6.5-inch touchscreen, a mid-level 6-speaker system and redundant buttons around the screen. In terms of safety, it does not have a great set of specifications to boast of.

Speaking of the 2018 Toyota RAV4, every model comes with an easy-to-use Entune infotainment system, featuring a touchscreen and smartphone integration abilities.  You can link your phone to the Entune App Suite to access Facebook places, Yelp, Pandora, iHeartRadio and more. There’s only one USB port included. Some of the standard safety features include airbags, lane keeping assist and emergency braking.


Performance is a true measure of a vehicle’s potential. The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek comes with a 4-cylinder engine and automatic transmission rated at 152 HP. On the other hand, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is blessed with an engine, which produces a power output of 170 HP and a torque output of 172 lb-ft. The car is reasonably peppy, compared to its rivals, and it smoothly cruises through the city and the highways, without any trouble.

The Bottom Line

Given the above comparison, it is quite evident that the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is the ultimate choice. Although Subaru is a promising brand and Crosstrek has its own set of excellent features, it fails to outclass Toyota in terms of styling, technology and performance. For the given price point, Toyota is a complete package!

Ready to Schedule a Toyota RAV4 Test Drive Today?

If you want to experience the total package offered by the 2018 Toyota RAV4, come for a test drive with us at Colonial Toyota. We are located in Milford Connecticut and we serve the needs of car buyers from the entire state. You can drop by our showroom today or call us in advance to book your Toyota RAV4 test drive appointment.

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