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The Subaru Forester Head-to-Head with the RAV4

When looking for a small SUV with all-wheel drive to help navigate the ever-changing weather in Maine, savvy drivers turn to the Subaru Forester. Here at Charlie's Subaru we love our Forester, but we're not blind to the fact that the small SUV market is a crowded one and that other cars are vying for your attention.

Which is why we've done some research pitting the Subaru Forester against its competition, the Toyota RAV4. Both cars have a lot to offer drivers here in the Augusta area, but only one comes out ahead in our contest. The Subaru Forester.

The Subaru Forester vs. the Toyota RAV4

As you shop around for a small SUV, another car that might get your attention over the Forester is the Toyota RAV4. You may be wondering what the difference is between these two similarly-equipped small SUVs. Here, we've broken down some of the key variables that put the Forester ahead of the class.

Power. For those who prefer to drive a manual transmission instead of an automatic, the Forester is available in manual across several trim levels. The RAV4 is not available as a manual in any version. Also, with the Subaru-made car you never have to worry about snow or rough weather because every single model comes with standard all-wheel drive. On the Toyota you have to request it, as that bonus driving feature is an add-on not a standard feature.

Space. The Subaru offers more overall room over the RAV4. Passengers in the front or backseat get more legroom and more headroom. Plus, the Forester offers more overall cargo space than the Toyota RAV4.

Comfort. The Subaru Forester offers a more comfortable ride than the RAV4, with soft-touch fabrics and cozy seats. Plus, the seating in the Forester offers more support than the RAV4 for long road trips.

The Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester small SUV was the trendsetter for the car-SUV crossover before everyone else started to jump onboard. With Subaru's standard signature Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, this car can handle the bumpiest roads and the biggest snowstorms.

The Subaru Forester comes in several possible trim levels, including:

  • The 2.5i
  • The 2.5i Premium
  • The 2.5i Limited
  • The 2.0XT Premium
  • The 2.5i Touring
  • The 2.0XT Touring

Trying out a Subaru Forester in Person

Now that you know the key differences between the Subaru Forester and the Toyota RAV4, you should see one in person and judge for yourself what makes the Forester such a great car.

At Charlie's Subaru we have several in stock in our showroom at 466 Western Avenue in Augusta that we'd love to introduce you to. We are conveniently central in the area, within easy distance to Wiscasset, Portland, Auburn, Bangor, and South Portland.

Charlie's Subaru

466 Western Ave
Directions Augusta, ME 04330

  • Sales: (207) 213-2700
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  • Monday 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Tuesday 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Wednesday 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Thursday 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Friday 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Saturday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday Closed
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