2019 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2019 Subaru Forester

Not only is the Toyota RAV4 among the best crossover SUVs in its class, but it’s also among the most successful vehicles in the entire automotive industry. For the new model year, Toyota has delivered an all-new version of the RAV4 that picks up a more powerful and efficient engine, as well as a new suite of connectivity options that will change the way owners interact with their new Toyota crossover SUV. A comparison of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2019 Subaru Forester reveals just how much ground the completely overhauled Toyota vehicle has made up on its competition. There may have been a time where the Forester outpaced the RAV4, but that is over for the new model year. Customers can schedule a test drive or demonstration of its new technology with a Colonial Toyota product expert today by calling, 203-403-6890.
Paying due respect to the Subaru Forester, it was one of the first vehicles in its class to offer a competent mix of on- and off-road handling characteristics. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 continues to offer most of its trim ladder with one of the industry’s most-respected all-wheel-drive systems. However, for real off-road-ready performance, Colonial Toyota customers will want to inquire about the 2019 RAV4 Adventure. This particular trim is slightly different from the rest of the RAV4 lineup by riding more than an inch higher and also offering a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. Both the 2019 RAV4 and 2019 Forester have infotainment systems that are compatible with the Apple CarPlay™ suite, but Toyota goes a step further by expanding connectivity to Amazon Alexa, allowing them to interact with the vehicle from in the house.

2019 Toyota RAV4


2019 Subaru Forester

2.5-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 2.5-L, 4-Cyl.
203/184 Horsepower/Torque 182/176
3,500 lbs. Max. Towing 2,000 lbs.
Eight-speed automatic Transmission CVT

Performance Specs

Both the 2019 Toyota RAV4 and 2019 Subaru Forester are powered by naturally aspirated 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engines. The main difference in the two crossover SUVs’ powertrains comes down to the transmissions that have been employed. Drivers of the 2019 RAV4 will be using an eight-speed automatic gear-changer, while Subaru has equipped the 2019 Forester with continuously variable transmission. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 will make 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, a marked advantage over the 182 horsepower that is produced by the engine of the 2019 Forester. Finally, the 2019 RAV4 is able to achieve better fuel economy scores from the Environmental Protection Agency than its Subaru rival.
A front view of the dashboard used in the 2019 Toyota RAV4.
An interior photo of seating options inside of the 2019 Toyota RAV4.
A look at the new center gauge cluster used in the 2019 RAV4.
A rear left quarter photo of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 on the road.