You Can’t Go Wrong With the 2020 Subaru Forester Or the 2020 Toyota RAV4

The 2020 compact crossover class is full of fierce competitors. Although, with each new year, the Toyota RAV4 and the Subaru Forester are among the best-selling models. Between the two, we’d say that the 2020 Forester presents a better value over the 2020 RAV4, but you really can’t go wrong with either model.

What the 2020 Subaru Forester does well

2020 Subaru Forester
2020 Subaru Forester | The Straight Pipes via YouTube

Subaru’s Forester consistently earns praise for its focus on value and versatility. Many critics were displeased with Subaru’s decision to remove the Forester’s previous 250-horsepower turbocharged engine option for the current generation. Still, this crossover is a well-rounded performer. 

The Forester’s 182-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder makes it a great choice if you value fuel economy. This Subaru gets a combined 28 mpg, which is also pretty impressive for a model that’s standard with all-wheel-drive. We also appreciate that Forester is a smooth ride on-road and well-equipped for off-road excursions. 

On the inside, the Forester pleases with its distinctly spacious car cabin. The base Forester priorities comfort and simplicity first, but you can climb the higher trim levels for a more luxury-focused experience. Plus, this crossover’s standard tech is impressive too. The Forester’s infotainment system comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also comes standard with Subaru’s EyeSight advanced safety suite.

Why the 2020 Toyota RAV4 shines bright

2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off Road trim driving on dirt trail
2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off Road | Toyota

Is the RAV4 Hybrid Better Than the Non-Hybrid Version?

The RAV4 is still one of the nation’s best-selling crossovers because of its upscale feel and comfortable nature. And one advantage the RAV4 has over other models in its class is Toyota’s signature dependability. Like the Forester, the RAV4 is also an ideal choice for fuel economy; it gets an overall 27 mpg. 

The RAV4 gets its power from a 203-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This engine gets a tad loud as you push the RAV4 to highway speeds, but that’s not a huge drawback. For more power as well as fuel economy, the RAV4 Hybrid presents itself as the better choice. The upper-level RAV4 trims and the RAV4 Hybrid are standard with AWD; lower level RAV4 models have AWD available as an option.

Reviews on the 2020 RAV4’s interior are mixed. Compared to previous model years, the RAV4 is more stylish on the inside and less bland. But some might find that its plastic finishings cheapen its overall experience. On the other hand, the RAV4’s in-car electronics are certainly a bonus. It comes standard with smartphone integration apps and a wifi hotspot. It also comes with a long list of advanced safety features.

Which one should you pick?

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Both the Forester and the RAV4 are attractive, comfortable, and overall dependable options. However, the differences between the two will steer you in the right direction based on your needs. The Forester makes more sense for standard AWD, and off-roading capabilities are at a lower price. You’ll want to go with the RAV4 if you’re more interested in a hybridized model and a longer list of standard tech features.