Compact SUV buyers have many choices, but which new model is the best? A recent US News report pits the 2023 Subaru Forester against the Toyota RAV4. Which model is best? In a head-to-head battle, they chose the Subaru Forester. Here’s why and we’ll give you our take.
Compact SUV buyers want a compact SUV that is spacious, safe, reliable, fuel efficient and features. The Forester and Toyota RAV4 are good picks and offer what consumers want. But Forester is a top pick for several reasons.
US News says, “The Subaru Forester comes out slightly ahead in this head-to-head battle. The Forester costs less than the RAV4 and has higher safety and predicted reliability scores. The Subaru is quieter and roomier inside, and the base model has an impressive maximum cargo capacity.”
Both compact SUVs are worth considering for several reasons. Both models offer similar interior quality and driving dynamics.
What US News likes about the RAV4
“The Toyota RAV4 has a more powerful engine that returns better fuel economy. It can tow more than the Forester, though you have to opt for the Adventure trim ($32,780), which costs about the same as the Forester’s Wilderness trim ($32,820). The RAV4 base model Bestows the Forester with a larger infotainment touch screen and more room for cargo behind its rear seats,” says US News.
The Forester is the best choice for active consumers who use an SUV more than a commuter vehicle or grocery hauler. The Forester comes with all-wheel-drive on all trim levels and is not an expensive option.
The Forester has 8.7 inches of ground clearance and X-Mode for improved severe weather traction. The Forester also offers a new Wilderness trim level, and the Sport and Wilderness trims offer dual-function X-Mode with Deep Snow and Deep Mud settings. For customers who live in colder climates and will use their vehicles to go further off the grid, the Forester is a top pick.
How much does the Forester cost?
All 2023 Forester trim levels are up $550, including destination and delivery. The 2023 Forester comes in six trim levels; Base Forester starts at $27,620, Premium ($30,620), Sport ($32,190), Limited ($34,300), Wilderness ($35,245), and Touring ($37,720). Price includes dealer fee ($1,225).
What is Forester’s safety score?
The 2023 Subaru Forester has been named a new Top Safety Pick+ winner by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Forester receives the highest five-star rating from the NHTSA.
The Forester comes standard with Subaru’s iSight safety technology. Next generation systems have a wider field and updated software. Models equipped with blind-spot detection with lane keep assist and rear cross-traffic alert include automatic emergency steering. The safety feature works with EyeSight and blind-spot detection to assist in steering control to help avoid collisions at speeds below 50 mph.
What is Forester fuel mileage?
The 2023 Subaru Forester compact SUV comes with standard all-wheel drive and gets an EPA-estimated 29 combined mpg and 26/33 city/highway mpg. The Forester comes with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder boxer engine.
When will the Forester get a complete rebuild?
If all goes as expected, the compact SUV will be redesigned in the second half of 2023 and will be available as a 2024 model. The expected 2024 Forester release date in the US is about a year away, in the fall of 2023. For customers who don’t want to wait, the 2023 Subaru Forester is a top pick from US News, which says it’s the best choice for compact SUVs. Compared to the Toyota RAV4.
The 2023 Subaru Forester won’t leave you stranded in snow or ice storms this winter. If you use your SUV for weekend road trips to get further off the grid, the Forester is your better lifestyle choice over the Toyota RAV4.
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Denis Flierl has invested in the automotive industry for over 30 years in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is a recognized member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out the Subaru Report, where he covers all models from the Japanese automaker More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Dennis on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.
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