2019 Subaru Forester vs. the Toyota RAV4 & Honda CR-V in Lafayette

The Redesigned, 2019 Subaru Forester is Ready to Face the Competition

The Subaru Forester, one of the most sought-after models on our showroom floor here at Giles Subaru, has been reimagined for model year 2019, and the four-door crossover has more to offer Louisiana drivers than ever before.

Although we're partial to our all-wheel drive standard-equipped models, we also know that there are other easy-to-drive, popular SUVs out there that are also vying for the attention of our customers. To make the decision as clear cut and easy as possible, we've researched two competing models against our 2019 Subaru Forester, to illustrate for our customers everything that makes the Forester the better choice.

Versus the Toyota RAV4

  • All-wheel drive. As similar SUV models, both of these vehicles are available with the benefits of all-wheel drive. All-wheel drive can help Louisiana drivers maintain traction and safe control of their vehicle during wet or slippery road conditions, and it comes standard on every 2019 Subaru Forester. However, it costs extra on the Toyota RAV4, and is only available on request.
  • Engine power. The Subaru Forester used to be available with two engine options. However, for the 2019 remodel, our Forester has simplified the choices by just coming with one, impressive engine, in the form of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that's good for 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. The Toyota RAV4, on the other hand, also comes with just one four-cylinder engine choice, although it offers less power, coming in at just 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque.
  • Interior space. As part of the 2019 remodel, the Subaru Forester has also grown in size. It now offers more passenger and cargo space than ever, and more than the Toyota RAV4. In fact, it offers more headroom, legroom, and shoulder room than the RAV4, in both the front and the backseats.

Versus the Honda CR-V

  • Engine options. While the 2019 Subaru Forester keeps things simple for drivers by offering just one great engine across the lineup, the Honda CR-V confuses things with a couple of different choices. But, not all trim levels are available with all engine choices and trying to figure out which goes with which option could lead to more questions and is not a straightforward way to shop for a new vehicle.
  • Standard all-wheel drive. As with the Toyota RAV4 comparison before this, the Honda CR-V also offers all-wheel drive as an option available to drivers. But, the 2019 Subaru Forester comes out ahead once again with its added peace of mind of standard all-wheel drive.
  • Advanced safety features. Starting with this redesigned 2019 Forester, every trim level in the model lineup comes with standard driver's assistance safety features, in the form of Subaru's innovative safety suite, EyeSight. This state-of-the-art feature uses two discreet cameras located near the rearview mirror to help keep you, and your passengers, safe on the roads. It includes such things as pre-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. The Honda CR-V has similar features available in the its lineup, but not as standard equipment, at no extra cost, for every trim level.

Find Your 2019 Subaru Forster in Lafayette

As always, we here at Giles Subaru encourage our customers to stop by and visit us to really get a full picture of just how much more the Subaru Forester has to offer over the competition. Test drive one of our available models for yourself and see what makes this SUV the winner in any comparison. Choose the perfect one for you, then see our finance center team to help get your dream Subaru at the budget and payment you need.


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