The 2016 Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 are among the top compact crossovers on the road today. Both provide roomy cabins, modern conveniences, and an athletic performance. If you’re trying to decide between the two, read our four-category comparison guide.
2016 Forester vs Toyota Rav4
The 2016 Subaru Forester has the edge when it comes to power and performance. Its standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine creates 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque for swift acceleration and a smooth ride. If you want even more speed, test-drive the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for 250 horses and 258 pound-feet of torque. Properly equipped, the Forester can tow a sturdy 1,500 pounds.
On the road, the Toyota RAV4 isn’t far behind. Its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque for easy highway merging. Its six-speed automatic transmission is smooth and refined. Choose all-wheel drive for enhanced traction over slick roads.
Although it was almost too close to call, the Toyota RAV4 takes the lead in this category. You can make hands-free phone calls using the standard Bluetooth connectivity. Keyless entry and ignition means you’ll never have to rummage around for a keychain. With the heated front seats, it’s easy to stay cozy in winter weather.
When it comes to high-tech features, the Subaru Forester is a close second. Its Starlink infotainment system is intuitive and easy to use. Use the voice command system means to access infotainment options without looking away from traffic. Plug devices into the in-car USB port to charge them from anywhere.
Once again we like the 2016 Subaru Forester best. The cabin’s clean-cut design provides substantial functionality. From behind the wheel, you’ll enjoy supportive seating and a commanding view of the road. Oft-used controls are always within easy reach. Important infotainment controls are located on the steering wheel for increased on-road safety. Both front and back rows deliver excellent head- and legroom.
Inside, the Toyota RAV4 offers a variety of soft-touch surfaces on the dash and door for a luxurious feel. The standard leather-wrapped steering wheel adds a touch of style. Seating is supportive for long-term comfort.
The 2016 Subaru Forester delivers impressive safety standards, making it our pick in this important category. The new EyeSight Driver Assist technology monitors surrounding areas for potential problems and alerts you of any nearby dangers. This suite of safety apps includes frontal collision mitigation and lane departure warning.
The Toyota RAV4 is also big on safety. With the navigation system, you can get wherever you need to go without incident. The RAV4’s standard rearview camera makes backing up a snap. The Bird’s Eye View Monitor uses four cameras – on the model’s front, side mirrors, and rear – to display a top-level view for easy-breezy parking.
Learn More about the Subaru Forester
Although both the 2016 Subaru Forester and the Toyota RAV4 crossovers have a lot to offer, the Forester has the overall edge. We like its world-class safety equipment and cutting-edge convenience features. More than that, its cabin is spacious and comfortable for excellent long-term comfort. On the road, the Forester excels, combining substantial power with responsive handling and a swift performance. Come in and test drive the Forester today!