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2017 Toyota RAV4 vs 2017 Subaru Forester

The crossover market has quickly exploded as one of the key segments for shoppers, but with so many options it can be hard to pick between them. Two top choices that customers tend to compare are the 2017 Toyota RAV4 vs 2017 Subaru Forester. On the one hand, you have the tried and true appeal of the RAV4 that started the craze for compact SUVs. On the other hand, you have the Subaru Forester which is popular for its standard all-wheel drive. How do you decide between them?

One thing that is always a top consideration is your engine options, and these two models are very similar. The RAV4 starts off with slightly more horsepower, but the Subaru Forester does have other engine options if you’re willing to splurge. Which isn’t just to say that you’ll pay more from the outset, but the fuel economy drops dramatically thanks to the combination of more power and no front-wheel drive choice.

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2017 Toyota RAV4 vs 2017 Subaru Forester
176hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Base Engine 170hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder
Standard Voice Recognition Available
ToyotaCare 24-months/25,000 miles Free Maintenance No
38.4 cu. ft. Cargo Space 34.4 cu. ft.

Why choose the 2017 Toyota RAV4?

At the end of the day, you want to drive a vehicle that you can trust. The 2017 Toyota RAV4 doesn’t come with standard AWD for the simple reason that shoppers want choices. Those who will be taking their crossover off road or who want a bit more stability for winter driving will want the reassurance of having this feature, while those who prefer the fuel economy of a front-wheel drive vehicle can enjoy the savings offered.

There are plenty of other reasons to enjoy the 2017 Toyota RAV4. Many prefer the smooth driving style and quiet ride compared to driving the 2017 Subaru Forester, but this preference can only be discovered by taking a test drive and comparing for yourself. Other things to consider are standard features like voice recognition which simply add convenience to using your infotainment system features without taking your eyes off the road or hands off the steering wheel. Free maintenance for the first two years or 25,000 miles, along with roadside assistance, simply adds convenience to ownership. Then there’s cargo space, which is one of the main appeals of driving a crossover.

There’s plenty to be said about the 2017 Toyota RAV4, but it comes down to how you feel behind the wheel. Schedule a test drive at Carver Toyota to come check it out for yourself.

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