2018 Subaru Forester vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hilton Head Island

Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4

The Subaru Forester Offers More Capability, Space, and Comfort for Less Than the Competition on Hilton Head Island, SC. When a vehicle offers all-wheel drive capability standard, you know it's special. That vehicle is the Subaru Forester, and it not only offers more capability, but also more power, space and comfort for less than the competition on Hilton Head Island. Discover why the Forester is the best option for the roads in Savannah, Hardeeville, Garden City, Bluffton, and Beaufort as we compare it to the Toyota RAV4.

Price and Performance

  • The Forester is more affordable than the RAV4. The $22,795 starting price of the Forester is over $1,600 less expensive than the RAV4. At the top trim levels, the Subaru 2.0XT Touring is still less than the RAV4's comparable all-wheel drive equipped model.
  • Under the hood, the Forester packs more power than the RAV4. Offering up to 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque from the Turbocharged Subaru Boxer engine, the RAV4 falls short of the Forester at 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque.
  • Speaking of the Turbocharged Subaru Boxer engine in the Forester, the RAV4 doesn't offer a turbocharged engine option at all.
  • Symmetrical all-wheel drive comes standard in the Forester. How much will you need to pay for all-wheel drive capability in the RAV4? An extra $1,400. Why not just get more capability for free in the Forester?


  • Remote engine start is offered on the starting model of the Forester. You'll need to pay over $1,000 extra for this technology to be offered in the RAV4.
  • The ability to integrate your smartphone with your vehicle comes standard in the Forester. And the RAV4? You'll need to pay more than $1,000 extra just for this technology to be an option.
  • The Forester offers a CD player, and the RAV4 doesn't. So go ahead and dust off your old albums.

Space and Comfort

  • Enjoy a more spacious interior in the Forester, which offers an extra six cubic feet of passenger volume. This includes more head and leg room in the front seats, and more head, leg, shoulder and hip room in the second row seats than the RAV4.
  • Don't forget about cargo space! The Forester certainly doesn't, offering over a cubic foot more total cargo space than the RAV4 when the second row seats are folded.
  • Interior comfort is also more affordable in the Forester. Heated front seats and a power driver seat with lumbar support is less than $3,000 extra in the Forester. You'll need to pay almost $4,400 extra in the RAV4. The Forester gives you a more comfortable drive, and lets you save $1,400 at the same time.
  • Add some refinement to your drive with leather seats, available in the Forester. How about the RAV4? Sorry, not there.
  • The Forester also offers Auto-Leveling Headlights, so you can have a safer drive at night with increased visibility. Apparently this safety feature isn't in the sights of Toyota, because it's not included with the RAV4.

Request a Forester Test Drive at Our Hardeeville Subaru Dealership

Now that we've shown you how the Subaru Forester dominates the competition, we encourage you to request your Forester test drive at Peacock Subaru! Request trim model specifications and inquire about the loan and lease solutions that can get you behind the wheel of the Subaru SUV of your dreams! Stay prepared for your excursions throughout the Garden City, Bluffton, Beaufort, and Hilton Head Island region when you choose the Subaru Forester from our dealership. Find your favorite model in our new SUV inventory today!

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