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Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Subaru Forester 5
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  145 Foresters, 8.2 months of data per Forester, average 9000 miles
2015 Toyota RAV4 0
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  31 RAV4s, 5.3 months of data per RAV4, average 4400 miles

 

2014 Subaru Forester 19
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  114 Foresters, 9.8 months of data per Forester, average 18400 miles

Redesigned.
2014 Toyota RAV4 7
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  32 RAV4s, 10.0 months of data per RAV4, average 13300 miles

 

2013 Subaru Forester   Join or sign in to vie  
  22 Foresters, 8.4 months of data per Forester, average 25400 miles

* Small sample size, only visible to members.
2013 Toyota RAV4 17
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  76 RAV4s, 10.2 months of data per RAV4, average 21500 miles

Redesigned.

 

2012 Subaru Forester 23
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  35 Foresters, 9.0 months of data per Forester, average 32800 miles

Some reports of excessive oil consumption.
2012 Toyota RAV4 13
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  46 RAV4s, 8.3 months of data per RAV4, average 31000 miles

 

2011 Subaru Forester 29
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  38 Foresters, 8.8 months of data per Forester, average 53900 miles

New engine design for this model year commonly leaks oil. Also some reports of excessive oil consumption.
2011 Toyota RAV4 14
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  54 RAV4s, 9.8 months of data per RAV4, average 47500 miles

 

2010 Subaru Forester 28
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  57 Foresters, 9.9 months of data per Forester, average 59400 miles
2010 Toyota RAV4 14
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  54 RAV4s, 9.7 months of data per RAV4, average 58800 miles

 

2009 Subaru Forester 51
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  56 Foresters, 10.4 months of data per Forester, average 73900 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2009 Toyota RAV4 28
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  57 RAV4s, 10.5 months of data per RAV4, average 68800 miles

 

2008 Subaru Forester   Join or sign in to vie  
  17 Foresters, 9.6 months of data per Forester, average 75500 miles

* Small sample size, only visible to members.
2008 Toyota RAV4 33
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  67 RAV4s, 9.8 months of data per RAV4, average 79700 miles

 

2007 Subaru Forester   Join or sign in to vie  
  18 Foresters, 9.6 months of data per Forester, average 104900 miles

* Small sample size, only visible to members.
2007 Toyota RAV4 52
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  49 RAV4s, 10.3 months of data per RAV4, average 88100 miles

 

2006 Subaru Forester   Join or sign in to vie  
  23 Foresters, 9.7 months of data per Forester, average 97600 miles

* Small sample size, only visible to members.
2006 Toyota RAV4 57
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  38 RAV4s, 9.5 months of data per RAV4, average 103100 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Somewhat common problem with ignition coils.

 

2005 Subaru Forester 39
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  25 Foresters, 9.8 months of data per Forester, average 102700 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
2005 Toyota RAV4   Join or sign in to vie  
  13 RAV4s, 9.7 months of data per RAV4, average 133500 miles

* Very small sample size, only visible to members.

 

2004 Subaru Forester 60
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  27 Foresters, 9.6 months of data per Forester, average 126000 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus. First year for the turbocharged XT. Multiple turbo failures reported. To prevent this, check and possibly remove filter at banjo joint in oil supply line.
2004 Toyota RAV4   Join or sign in to vie  
  11 RAV4s, 9.5 months of data per RAV4, average 124200 miles

* Very small sample size, only visible to members.

 

2003 Subaru Forester 68
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  30 Foresters, 7.7 months of data per Forester, average 129900 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
2003 Toyota RAV4   Join or sign in to vie  
  11 RAV4s, 8.5 months of data per RAV4, average 133700 miles

* Very small sample size, only visible to members.

 

2002 Subaru Forester   Join or sign in to vie  
  13 Foresters, 7.9 months of data per Forester, average 147500 miles

* Very small sample size, only visible to members.

 

2001 Subaru Forester   Join or sign in to vie  
  18 Foresters, 8.1 months of data per Forester, average 167400 miles

* Small sample size, only visible to members.

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Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4 Reliability Comparisons

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Subaru Forester

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Subaru has a great reputation for reliability.
2010 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Reliable vehicles that last for years.
2010 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
My last 2 Subarus have gone to 185,000 and 240,000 miles.
2010 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I hope that I find Subaru to be deserving of the reliability & durability ratings.
2010 4dr SUV turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
just reliable
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
The brand has long history of relatively few problems.
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
good reputation, resale, alot of em out there pushing 200K, some even 300K!!
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Good reputation, needs to be reliable for the amount of remote driving that is done.
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Based on reputation, so far (less than 2000 miles).
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
I visited service only for scheduled inspections Reliable car. This is my second Subaru Forester. The previous one was also reliable.
Subaru Forester Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Not impressed thus far. Has consumed far too much oil for a new vehicle. Dealership inspected for leaks; they did not find any. They stated the oil consumption (about three quarts every 4000 miles) is typical. Subaru Of America was no help.
2004 4dr SUV turbocharged 210hp 2.5L I4
4-speed automatic AWD
Subarus are known for their Japanese make and reliability. But in the year I have owned this car, I have had anything but reliability. In twelve months, the car has been drivable for only 6. And even when it is drivable, it stalls, bucks, and gives a general feel that is not one of confidence.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4 Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2015 4dr SUV 176-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Doesn't everyone who buys a Toyota expect it to just run? With 7500 miles on the odometer, I can say I've got no issues nor do I expect any. No weird noises, nothing to take back to the dealer for, it all just works, and has been since I got it. That is a reassuring start, but something I've come to take for granted with the Toyota products.
2009 4dr SUV 179-horsepower 2.5L I4
4-speed automatic AWD
High ratings from every car review I have read. Very high resale value and see used ones all the time with 150k+ miles - I should be able to own this 10+ years.
2009 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Excellent long term reliablity
2009 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
I have had zero problems with the car.
2008 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
See above
2008 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
After trading in a car that was in the shop 6+ times a year, I wanted a vehicle with an above-average likelihood of reliability. This vehicle has so far lived up to reliability expectations.
2008 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Several of my family members have had Toyotas over the years with no majot issues.
2008 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Low maintenance cost, few recalls, no issues at all no rattles or squeeks and Toyota dealer has been very fair
2008 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
never owned toyota but based on reputation.I know several people who own toyotas and no dissapointmenta
2008 4dr SUV 166-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
It goes without saying that everyone wants a reliable vehicle. I believe that Toyota is not alone in that objective, the other manufacteurs have caught up with them.
Toyota RAV4 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2006 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Power steering failed within 3 months of new. 4 wheel drive actuator failed.