2014 Forester vs. CRV vs. RAV4


 Real Time
Wheel Drive

What's the difference?

FORESTER Symmetrical AWD                      CRV Real Time AWD                       RAV4 4WD

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
has the engine mounted in-line with the drivetrain, helping provide a seamless transfer of power to all four wheels. Other AWD systems need additional drivetrain components to route the same power to the wheels, often using complex designs. More components tend to reduce vehicle efficiency and could add to higher maintenance costs. This keeps the driver in total control at all times. 

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Real Time AWD is when the vehicle remains in a 2 wheel drive function and switches to AWD automatically when the vehicle detects little to no traction control. Real time is ok, but can be a little worrisome to know that it won't kick in until after traction is lost. This is a good system, but does not leave the driver in full control of the vehicle at all times, opposed to Symmetrical AWD.

4WD is when the driver has the option to either use 2 wheel, or 4 wheel drive modes at their disposal. This is great if the driver likes to choose how their vehicle handles, but sometimes it may be too late to decide when transfer power to all wheels.

Passenger Space

 FORESTER     38.0"   CRV    38.3" RAV4     37.2"


 103.3 Cubic ft
 101.5 Cubic ft
 100.7 Cubic ft

2014 Forester 2.5i Premium
 $24,995 $26,295 $25,690
 MPG 32/24 30/22 29/22
 All-Wheel Drive
 Standard Opt. Opt.
 Available GPS
 10-Power Driver's Seat
 Engine 2.5L H4
2.4L I4
2.5L I4
 Horse Power
 163@4400 172@4100
Automatic Transmission
Lineartronic 6-Speed Electronically Controlled Manually Interactive Automatic Transmission With Overdrive and Tow/Haul/Snow Mode (Standard)5-Speed Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmission With Overdrive and Tow/Haul/Snow Mode (Standard)6-Speed Electronically Controlled Manually Interactive Automatic Transmission With Overdrive and Tow/Haul/Snow Mode (Standard)
 Fuel Tank Capacity
 15.9 15.3 15.9
 Front Brakes
 Disc Disc Disc
 Rear Brakes
 Disc Disc Disc
 Turning Ratio, Curb-to-Curb
 38.4 37.3 34.7
 Towing Capacity
 1500 1500 1500
 Basic Warranty
 36 Mo. 36,000 Miles
 36 Mo. 36,000 Miles
 36 Mo. 36,000 Miles
 Power Train Warranty
 60 Mo. 60,000 Miles
 60 Mo. 60,000 Miles
 60 Mo. 60,000 Miles

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As you can see, the New 2014 Subaru Forester outweighs on the competition in almost every aspect. It is the best car for the money, the best car for a needed AWD terrain, and the best car for fuel economy in a midsized SUV division. The 2014 Forester has been completely redesigned and re-imagined, it's higher, wider, and has more passenger room. Not to mention the driver's side is now equipped with a knee protecting airbag. The AWD is the best in the market with its Horizontally Opposed 4 Cyl. Boxer Engine, giving this vehicle the best center of gravity and traction than any other AWD system in the market. The 2014 Subaru Forester has been rated Motortrend's 2014 SUV of the Year and rated the Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).

In a Head to Head Comparison, it's the 2014 Forester for the Win! 
  • The Forester comes standard with Symmetrical AWD
  • competitive passenger volume
  • the best Miles Per Gallon
  • best price by comparison
  • Top Safety Pick from Insurance Institute for highway safety! 
  • Motortrend's SUV of the Year 2014!