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Features Comparison: Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4

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Model Year 2015 2015 2015 2014 2014 2014
Model Forester Forester Forester RAV4 RAV4 RAV4
Trim 2.5i 2.5i Premium 2.0XT Premium LE XLE Limited
Engines (show)  
2.5L H4
DOHC-4v
170 hp@5800
174 lb-ft@4100
       
turbocharged
2.0L H4
DOHC-4v
250 hp@5600
258 lb-ft@2000
         
2.5L I4
DOHC-4v
176 hp@6000
172 lb-ft@4100
     
Transmissions (show)  
6-speed manual        
CVT        
8-speed manually-shiftable CVT          
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic      
Drivetrains (show)  
AWD
FWD      
Tires (show)  
225/60HR17 tires      
225/55HR18 tires          
225/65HR17 tires      
235/55HR18 tires          
Audio Systems (show)  
Unbranded, 4 speakers          
Unbranded, 6 speakers
JBL, 600W, 11 speakers (with subwoofer)          
Accessories (show)  
AC power outletPowers devices with a regular home electrical outlet. Limited wattage: forget about using it to power a blow drier.      
Adaptive cruise controlAutomatically maintains set distance behind preceding vehicle as well as set speed. Minimum speed around 30 mph. Replaces regular cruise control, and includes its value.          
Cruise control  
Lead vehicle start alertPrompts the driver when the vehicle ahead of the car has started moving away, a sign that the light has turned green.          
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power liftgateLiftgate can be opened and closed using buttons inside the vehicle and on the keyfob.          
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Proximity keyEnter and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket.          
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Remote startStart the car using a button on the keyfob. Interior can be a comfortable temperature as soon as you get in.      
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual
Universal garage door openerHomelink.      
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.
AlarmOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.      
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Automatic braking, high-speedIf collision detection system senses imminent collision, applies moderate braking.          
Automatic braking, low-speedAutomatically brakes car to avoid low-speed collisions.          
Blind spot warning systemMirror-mounted lights indicate when another vehicle is in a blind spot.          
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Electronic differential lockApplies the brakes to a slipping drive wheel to transfer torque to the other side, simulating the effect of a limited-slip differential. We haven't identified all applications, often implied by traction control.      
Forward collision alertAlerts driver when approaching the preceding car too quickly.          
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Hill descent controlSelectively applies the brakes to maintain a slow, steady descent on off-road downhill slopes.          
Hill start assistApplies the brakes to hold the vehicle in place on an incline. Incomplete data, so only displayed when pricing a single vehicle.      
Knee airbag, driver
Lane departure warning systemAlerts driver when the vehicle seems to be wandering out of the lane.        
Lane sway warning systemAlerts driver when the car is weaving within the lane.          
Pedestrian detectionWarns driver of pedestrians in path of car.          
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation systemPrepares brakes (and sometimes also seatbelts) for use when radar detects an imminent collision. Might also move seats and close windows. Early Lexus system used laser.          
Rear cross-traffic detectionWarns of traffic coming from either direction when vehicle is in reverse, to prevent accidents when backing out of parking spaces.          
Rearview cameraRearview camera connected to display screen on the instrument panel. Often requires navigation system.
Rollover sensorDeploys extended duration side curtain airbags when the vehicle rolls over. Usually included on tall vehicles. Rare on others.
Seat cushion airbag, passengerAirbag inflates under leading edge of seat cushion to prevent the passenger from sliding forward.      
Side curtain airbagsAirbags contained just above the window level. Except in cars without a rear seat usually cover first and second row.
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Termporary spare tire
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Cargo Management (show)  
Cargo area partition netNet extending from the floor to the ceiling to prevent cargo from flying into the passenger area during sudden stops.      
Cargo cover
Cargo mat      
Cargo net
Cargo organizerAbove floor system for organizing cargo.      
Cargo tray
Class II trailer hitchHitch rated for up to 3,500 pounds. Capacity of the vehicle could be lower.      
Console with shifter
Overhead sunglass holderUsually part of an overhead console.      
Roof rackIncludes side rails and crossbars.          
Roof rack crossbarsRequires roof rails. Together constitute a roof rack.  
Roof railsNo crossbars.  
Storage beneath cargo floorLarge storage area beneath the load floor, often compartmentalized.      
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
Air conditioning
App supportTouchscreen and/or voice control over apps that can include online search, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com. Requires connected compatible phone. Fees may apply after first three years.      
Audio controls on steering wheel
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.        
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.
CD player
Dual-zone climate controlTemperature can be separately set for left and right sides of the passenger compartment. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.        
HD radioHigh-definition radio, which broadcasts a digital signal. Free, no subscription fees.  
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.
Intermittent wipers          
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.      
Rear defrost
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.
Rear wiper
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.    
SMS text-to-speech readerConverts text messages to speech.    
Surround sound          
Traffic + travel informationInformation about traffic plus weather, gas prices, sports news, and/or movie times. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.    
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.
Variable intermittent wipersTime between wipes can be precisely adjusted.  
Voice control for audio system          
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.      
Wiper de-icerHeating elements defrost area where front wipers rest.        
Exterior (show)  
Bodyside cladding (gray/black)Protective cladding extending partly onto the doors.
Bodyside moldingsMoldings on the bodysides, to protect against door dings in parking lots.
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)Chrome or polished metal exhaust tip.      
Deep-tinted rear windows  
Metal accent plate, lower front fasciaSometimes referred to as a skid plate, but really an appearance item.      
Metal accent plate, lower rear fasciaSometimes referred to as a skid plate, but really an appearance item.      
Mud guardsFlaps mounted behind two to four wheels, to protect the body from mud and rocks.
Paint, special white          
Rear bumper protector      
Rear spoilerCan be small lip spoiler or a larger raised spoiler.    
Sunroof        
Sunroof, largeReplaces and includes value of smaller sunroofs.        
Wheel-lip moldingsExtensions to the wheel opening, both decorative and protective.      
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Auto-dimming driver-side mirrorDriver-side exterior mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.      
Auto-dimming headlightsHigh beams automatically turned on and off.          
Auto-dimming passenger-side mirrorPassenger-side rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.      
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.    
Automatic headlightsHeadlights automatically turn on and off. Includes value of automatic-off headlights.          
Automatic-off headlightsHeadlights automatically turn off.  
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.      
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.  
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.    
Illuminated visor mirror, driverIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.      
Illuminated visor mirror, passengerIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.      
Interior ambient lightingLEDs in the ceiling or door panels cast a soft glow over the interior.      
Interior lights, additionalOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.      
Map lightsFront row reading lights.
Outside temperature display
Perimeter approach lightingArea around the vehicle is illuminated when the vehicle is remotely unlocked.      
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
TachometerReports engine speed.
Trip computerReports average fuel economy, and perhaps also instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, and other stats.
Turn signals on or near mirrors        
Visor mirror, driver      
Visor mirror, passenger      
Powertrain (show)  
Engine-block heaterPlugs into electrical outlet to warm up the engine. Facilitates starting in extreme cold.      
Lockable center differentialThe center differential can be manually locked using a button. Only for use at low speeds on loose surfaces. Engaging low range (where available) usually locks the center differential automatically.      
Steering-wheel-mounted transmission controlsPaddles or buttons that can be used to manually shift the transmission. Only listed when optional or not always included with an automatic transmission.          
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets    
Front sport buckets        
Second-row 2-section 3-person split bench
All-weather floor matsAll-weather floormats.
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row  
Door sill trim plates      
Floor mats
Folding second row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.
Heated front seats      
Leather-wrapped steering wheel        
Manual height adjuster, driver seat      
Manual recliner, second row seats  
Memory system, driver seat          
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat      
Power height adjuster, driver seat      
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable lower back support.      
Power recliner, driver seat      
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.      
Synthetic leather seating surfacesA.k.a vinyl, leatherette, MB-Tex, NuLuxe.          
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
Alloy wheels  
Electronic systems calibration selectorVaries throttle, steering, ABS, and/or stability control calibration.    
Sport suspension (upgrade)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.          
Wheel locksLug nuts that can only be removed using a special key. Prevents theft of wheels.  

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Option Package Contents

Eyesight Driver Assist System

Features
Adaptive cruise control
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system
Lane departure warning system
Automatic braking, low-speed
Automatic braking, high-speed
Forward collision alert
Lane sway warning system
Lead vehicle start alert
Pedestrian detection

Navigation system

Features
Satellite radio
Voice control for nav and audio
SMS text-to-speech reader
Traffic + travel information
App support
Navigation system

All Weather Package

Features
Heated front seats
Wiper de-icer
Heated mirrors

Entune Audio Plus

Features
HD radio
Traffic + travel information
Satellite radio

Entune Audio with Navigation

Features
Voice control for nav and audio
App support
Navigation system

Technology Package

Features
Auto-dimming headlights
Lane departure warning system
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection

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2014 Toyota RAV4 Available Features: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr SUV 176-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
The car is a mixed bag when it comes to standard features. I have the base model LE with AWD. It has a standard backup camera, 6 inch touchscreen audio system and rear privacy glass which is great. However some corners were cut also. 16 inch steel wheels, non-body colored side mirrors and only auto down not auto up driver's window are a few examples.
2013 4dr SUV 176-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
My rental is a nearly optioned out Limited with nav - only missing the blind spot monitoring system and JBL sound system. It is nice that a car under $30k has memory seats (seats only - not mirrors or anything else) - and the packages appear pretty reasonable for the equipment levels. The RAV4 is pretty well decked out for its price point, although I admit I am not intimately familiar with the competition or CUVs in general.