2018 Subaru Forester vs. the Toyota RAV4 & Honda CR-V in Lafayette

The 2018 Subaru Forester Takes on the Competition

Every year, as the new Subaru models start to arrive on our lots, we here at Giles Subaru begin to wonder how our favorite crossovers compare in the crowded sea of similar models. But, as the 2018 Subaru Forester shows us, we really don't need to wonder. Our Forester always comes out on top in any competition, and this current model is no different.

Following on the heels of a makeover just a couple years ago, the 2018 Subaru Forester isn't all that different this time out. Subaru has added a new Black Edition option, and they've revamped the features lineup. Other than that, the 2018 Subaru Forester is the same as last year, and that's a good thing. The Forester still holds its own against the competition, as this research proves. If you're considering a Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V in Lafayette, keep reading. We've done a side-by-side comparison of the three models and think you'll agree, the Forester has more to offer than other crossovers.

Versus the Toyota RAV4

  • Drivetrain. The most glaring difference between the Toyota RAV4 and the Subaru Forester is the standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. Every Forester Subaru makes comes with all-wheel drive as a standard feature. The Toyota RAV4, on the other hand, has all-wheel drive available, but drivers have to request it specifically and spend more money on an upper trim to get it.
  • Transmission. For drivers who like to be in charge of their vehicle's shifting, the Subaru is the only option. That's because the Forester has an available manual transmission, giving drivers a choice. Comparatively, the Toyota RAV4 only comes with an automatic transmission, removing that option for drivers.
  • Engines. The 2018 Subaru Forester also gives its drivers a choice between two great engines. The first is a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, while the second is a 250-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. The Toyota RAV4 has just one engine available, a 176-horsepower, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder.
  • Fuel Efficiency. While both the 2018 Forester and the 2018 Toyota RAV4 have similar gas mileage ratings and an identical, 15.9-gallon fuel tank, the Subaru Forester is actually the more fuel-efficient model. In fact, the Subaru Forester averages around 413 miles in the city per tank, and 509 miles on the highway per tank. Meanwhile, the Toyota RAV4 averages only 366 miles in the city, and 477 miles on the highway.
  • Ground clearance. The 2018 Subaru Forester has some of the best ground clearance around for a car that's not a behemoth, full-sized SUV. With more than 8.5 inches of ground clearance, drivers can feel secure behind the wheel and enjoy an elevated view of the road. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 on the other hand, has a lower ground clearance, about 2.5 inches lower. A new trim added for 2018, the Toyota RAV4 Adventure, claims to have more ground clearance, but, it still doesn't come close to the 2018 Subaru Forester numbers.

Versus the Honda CR-V

  • Drivetrain. When comparing the Subaru Forester to the Honda CR-V, the biggest difference remains the drivetrain. Subaru gives every model the added security and safety of standard all-wheel drive, while the Honda CR-V has it as an available feature that can be requested.
  • Space. The 2018 Subaru Forester gives you and your passengers more than 41 inches of headroom, and 43 inches of legroom. Comparatively, the 2018 Honda CR-V has less space in both areas. In fact, Honda CR-V passengers get less room all around, with more than 108 cubic feet capacity in the passenger cabin of the Subaru Forester, and much less on several 2018 Honda CR-V trims.
  • Features. The 2018 Subaru Forester has better standard tech features than the 2018 Honda CR-V. While every trim of the Subaru Forester comes equipped with such things as smartphone integration and a touchscreen interface, drivers in the Honda CR-V only get those features at added expense, if they move up trim levels.
  • Versatility. The 2018 Subaru Forester has a reputation as an adventure-ready vehicle, and for good reason. You can load up the expansive cargo hold with all of your camping gear and hit the road. You could go camping in a Honda CR-V, too, of course. But, while the Subaru Forester is perfect for weekend jaunts and commutes, the Honda CR-V is better for the daily commute. That's because the Honda CR-V doesn't have the aforementioned all-wheel drive, or roof rails for carrying your gear on top. You can get your Subaru Forester with roof rails starting right at the base level, while the Honda CR-V doesn't get them until you go all the way to top, most expensive trim.

Shopping for the 2018 Subaru Forester in Lafayette

The best way to determine if the 2018 Subaru Forester is right for you is by seeing it in person and taking it for a test spin. Stop by and see us on Johnston Street soon and let us introduce you to the new edition of the Subaru Forester. One test spin around the streets of Lafayette, and we think you'll agree that this model beats all other crossovers, hands down.