Jones Auto Centers Compares 2011 Subaru Forester VS 2011 Toyota Rav4 Near Buckeye, AZ

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2011 Subaru Forester

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2011 Subaru Forester

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2011 Toyota Rav4

Safety Comparison

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To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All Wheel Drive is standard on the Forester. But it costs extra on the Rav4.

Both the Forester and the Rav4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Subaru Forester is safer than the Rav4:

Forester

Rav4

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Head Injury Index

356

393

Chest forces

37 g’s

41 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

772 / 682

941 / 1146

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index

261

511

Chest forces

42 g’s

47 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

367 / 426

264 / 648

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ( IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the Forester earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the Forester’s weight before being crushed five inches. The Rav4 was rated lower at “Acceptable.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the general design of front seat head restraints for their ability to protect front seat occupants from whiplash injuries. The IIHS also performs a dynamic test on those seats with “good” or “acceptable” geometry. In these ratings, the Forester is safer then the Rav4:

Forester

Rav4

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Restraint Design

GOOD

GOOD

Distance from Back of Head

24 mm

40 mm

Distance Below Top of Head

30 mm

42 mm

Dynamic Test Rating

GOOD

MARGINAL

Seat Design

Pass

Fail

Neck Force Rating

Low

Medium

Max Neck Tension

367

766

(Lower numerical results are better in all tests.)

For its top level performance in frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard Vehicle Dynamics Control, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Forester as a “Top Pick” for 2010, a rating only granted to 55 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Rav4 was not a “Top Pick.”

Engine Comparison

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The Forester 2.5XT’s standard 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 45 more horsepower (224 vs. 179) and 54 lbs.-ft. more torque (226 vs. 172) than the Rav4’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Forester 2.5XT is faster than the Toyota Rav4 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Forester

Rav4

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

10 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.9 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.4 MPH

81.9 MPH

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the Forester’s engines produce their peak torque at lower RPM’s than the Rav4:

Torque

Forester 2.5 SOHC 4 cyl.

4100 RPM

Forester 2.5XT 2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

2800 RPM

Rav4 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

4000 RPM

Rav4 3.5 DOHC V6

4700 RPM

The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the Forester lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability without compromising ground clearance. The Rav4 doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The Forester has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Rav4 (16.9 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Forester’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Rav4:

Forester

Rav4

Front Rotors

11.7 inches

10.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.3 inches

11.2 inches

The Forester stops much shorter than the Rav4:

Forester

Rav4

70 to 0 MPH

169 feet

183 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The Forester’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rav4’s standard 70 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Forester’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56.1% to 43.9%) than the Rav4’s (57.4% to 42.6%). This gives the Forester more stable handling and braking.

The Forester 2.5XT Touring handles at .78 G’s, while the Rav4 4WD pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Forester 2.5XT Touring executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Rav4 (28.1 seconds @ .60 average G’s vs. 30 seconds @ .52 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Forester’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the Rav4 w/16 or 17” wheels’ (34.4 feet vs. 34.8 feet). The Forester’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the Rav4 w/18” wheels’ (34.4 feet vs. 36.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Forester 2.5X has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Rav4 (8.7 vs. 7.5 inches), allowing the Forester to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Forester 2.5XT’s minimum ground clearance is 1.4 inches higher than on the Rav4 (8.9 vs. 7.5 inches).

Chassis Comparison

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As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Forester 2.5XT Touring is quieter than the Rav4 Limited 4WD (73 vs. 77 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Forester has .8 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more rear headroom, .3 inches more rear hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Rav4.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Forester’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Rav4’s swing out door blocks loading from the passenger’s side.

Ergonomics Comparison

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For greater rear passenger comfort, the Forester has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Rav4 doesn’t offer rear vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Forester owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Forester with a number “5” insurance rate while the Rav4 is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Forester is less expensive to operate than the Rav4 because it costs $180 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Forester than the Rav4, including $38 less for fuel injection, $101 less for a fuel pump and $272 less for a timing belt/chain.

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