Comparing the Subaru Forester to the Toyota RAV4 near Belleville, IL

Buying a vehicle is an exciting time for you as a consumer in St. Louis. You will use it for many things, including commuting to work and taking that exciting road trip that you have long looked forward to. The Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 are two popular choices amongst Ballwin drivers. Those of us at Dean Team Subaru want you to feel informed on why the Subaru Forester is the better vehicle.

The Forester is a versatile SUV. It will comfortably fit your family as it seats up to five with ease. Cargo space isn't a problem for the Forester. It wouldn't be a Subaru without taking safety to the next level. There's plenty to be impressed with as you drive around Chesterfield in a Forester.

Likewise, the RAV4 has plenty of features that Chesterfield, MO drivers like. It gets around and has features that make drivers trust the vehicle from Toyota. Performance is an important part of the driving experience.


Subaru Forester


Toyota Rav4

All-Wheel DriveStandardNot Available
X-MODE® Off-Road Assistance AvailableNot Available
Fuel Tank Capacity16.6 gallons 14.5 gallons
Ground Clearance8.7 inches8.4 inches
Raised Roof RailsAvailable starting with base modelNot Available on base model
Passenger Volume111.9 cubic feet98.9 cubic feet
Front Legroom43.3 inches41.0 inches
Front Headroom41.2 inches37.7 inches
10-Way Power-Adjustable Driver's Seat AvailableNot Available
Eight-Way Power-Adjustable Front-Row Passenger Seat AvailableNot Available
Reverse Automatic BrakingAvailableNot Available


Safety is vital whether you are backing out of a space at the supermarket or trekking through an off the beaten path adventure. The Subaru Forester has more options when it comes to standard safety features. The Forester comes standard with Eyesight™ Driver Assist Technology. It's amazing how long the list of standard features found in the Forester:

  • Pre-Collision Braking
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management
  • Lane Departure Prevention
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning
  • Rearview camera
  • Rear seat reminder

You'll get things like a rearview camera, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning in the RAV4. Both vehicles have plenty of options when it comes to safety within the vehicle. Only you know what will best suit you as you commute on the streets of St. Louis. The options are there for you.


Performance is where you'll start to see the Forester stand apart from the RAV4. The engine capable, riding and handling superb, mix in terrific gas mileage, and you have a worthy vehicle worth your investment. One aspect where the Forester shines is its standard all-wheel-drive.

You never know what sort of elements Mother Nature is going to send at you while you go about your adventures on or off the road around St. Louis. Having the peace of mind to make it through ice, rain, mud, snow, and whatever else you find along the way is why the Forester is a great vehicle. While the RAV4 has a decent engine and available all-wheel-drive, lacking standard all-wheel-drive dims its shine compared to the Forester.


Both vehicles have options for you as a driver. The available 76.1 cubic feet cargo hold when rear seats are folded makes the Forester one of the best when it comes to storing your cargo. It's a roomy vehicle that makes driving a fun activity. The all-wheel-drive capability that comes standard in the Forester makes it a great choice for you as a driver. You can't go wrong with this compact SUV from Subaru.


Everybody loves how technology can enhance the driving experience, whether you are connecting your device to listen to your favorite podcast or powering up your device with available charging options. The Forester comes standard with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, two apps that make connecting your device uncomplicated.

You don't want to use a lot of effort to handle your infotainment system within your vehicle. Not all of us are geniuses when it comes to technology. The Forester makes these things come easy. You'll also get a 6.5-inch touchscreen, HD Radio, satellite radio, and two USB ports for charging within your Forester. The RAV4 comes with similar connectivity features, including a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Test Drive a Subaru Forester at Dean Team Subaru

You are more than likely going to have several questions regarding your options within the Forester. Don't hesitate to stop by our showroom in St. Louis to get them answered before taking a test drive. You can never go wrong with a Subaru.

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