2021 Subaru Forester vs. 2021 Toyota RAV4: How Do They Compare?

When you're searching for a new SUV in Memphis, our team at Jim Keras Subaru knows that the 2021 Subaru Forester and the 2021 Toyota RAV4 may be high on your list. Curious about how these midsize SUVs compare? We have the answers.


While the Forester and the RAV4 are similar in size, they feature different aesthetics. The RAV4 features a sleek, streamlined body that looks at home in the city. The Forester, on the other hand, is designed with an athletic stance and sportier contouring, creating a look that fits in on city streets but is also right at home at a campsite. It also comes with a slightly higher ground clearance and raised roof rails for easier bike or kayak carrying.


Both the Forester and the RAV4 include touchscreen systems with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If you need a vehicle with eco-friendly smart features, look to the Forester: it comes standard with auto start/stop technology that helps you conserve fuel any time you're idling. The RAV4 is available with this feature, but only on the XLE model and higher.


When it comes to performance, the Forester shines. It features a standard symmetrical all-wheel drive, which helps you stay in control no matter what the road conditions. The RAV4, on the other hand, comes standard with front-wheel drive; AWD isn't available unless you upgrade to a more expensive model.


Whether you're heading off-road around Bartlett or hitting the highway, safety is key. Both models feature a suite of active safety features, including smart cruise control and lane-departure alerts. The Forester also comes standard with Subaru Intelligent Drive for easier handling and Active Torque Vectoring to provide safer steering in a range of road conditions around West Memphis. This feature is only available on the highest trim levels of the RAV4.

Test Drive a Subaru Forester at Jim Keras Subaru

Ready to learn more? Come down to see us in Memphis, and we can show off the Forester in person. Our team is also delighted to answer all of your questions about the Forester to help you figure out how it measures up to your personal driving needs.