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Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4 Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Subaru Forester or Toyota RAV4 reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Subaru Forester and the Toyota RAV4 truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Subaru Forester and the Toyota RAV4 were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Subaru Forester and the Toyota RAV4 have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2015 Subaru Forester 47 Foresters, 3.4 months of data per Forester, average 3500 miles0
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Subaru Forester 116 Foresters, 8.9 months of data per Forester, average 8400 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Good start.
14
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Toyota RAV4   21 RAV4s, 4.8 months of data per RAV4, average 6500 miles

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2013 Subaru Forester   20 Foresters, 10.4 months of data per Forester, average 14800 miles

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2013 Toyota RAV4 70 RAV4s, 9.7 months of data per RAV4, average 9900 miles

Redesigned.
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10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru Forester 40 Foresters, 9.4 months of data per Forester, average 24600 miles19
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Toyota RAV4 35 RAV4s, 9.5 months of data per RAV4, average 18400 miles22
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Subaru Forester 42 Foresters, 8.9 months of data per Forester, average 39500 miles

New engine design for this model year commonly leaks oil.
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20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Toyota RAV4 49 RAV4s, 9.6 months of data per RAV4, average 38900 miles13
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Subaru Forester 61 Foresters, 9.1 months of data per Forester, average 48800 miles26
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Toyota RAV4 56 RAV4s, 9.8 months of data per RAV4, average 49500 miles17
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Subaru Forester 66 Foresters, 10.0 months of data per Forester, average 63900 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Toyota RAV4 56 RAV4s, 10.4 months of data per RAV4, average 58100 miles21
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Subaru Forester   21 Foresters, 8.0 months of data per Forester, average 77800 miles

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2008 Toyota RAV4 71 RAV4s, 9.9 months of data per RAV4, average 72600 miles36
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Subaru Forester   22 Foresters, 8.5 months of data per Forester, average 87400 miles

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2007 Toyota RAV4 59 RAV4s, 9.7 months of data per RAV4, average 74300 miles34
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Subaru Forester   19 Foresters, 8.9 months of data per Forester, average 89900 miles

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2006 Toyota RAV4 48 RAV4s, 9.6 months of data per RAV4, average 92800 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Common problem with ignition coils.
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70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Subaru Forester 25 Foresters, 8.5 months of data per Forester, average 100000 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Toyota RAV4   14 RAV4s, 9.4 months of data per RAV4, average 124300 miles

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2004 Subaru Forester 30 Foresters, 10.4 months of data per Forester, average 117000 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.
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50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Toyota RAV4   12 RAV4s, 10.1 months of data per RAV4, average 112300 miles

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2003 Subaru Forester   18 Foresters, 9.2 months of data per Forester, average 120800 miles

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2003 Toyota RAV4   10 RAV4s, 8.5 months of data per RAV4, average 134100 miles

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2002 Subaru Forester   12 Foresters, 9.7 months of data per Forester, average 156200 miles

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2001 Subaru Forester   15 Foresters, 7.8 months of data per Forester, average 162900 miles

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2001 Toyota RAV4   11 RAV4s, 8.4 months of data per RAV4, average 115100 miles

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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
5-speed manual AWD
My last 2 Subarus have gone to 185,000 and 240,000 miles.
2010 4dr SUV turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
just reliable
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
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I hope that I find Subaru to be deserving of the reliability & durability ratings.
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Subaru has a good reputation (hope this one holds up).
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
5-speed manual AWD
Based on reputation, so far (less than 2000 miles).
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
There is a reason you see so many old one around in our mountain town - they just work and keep working.
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
The brand has long history of relatively few problems.
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
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
Many, many hassle-free miles. Few repairs needed.
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
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
never owned toyota but based on reputation.I know several people who own toyotas and no dissapointmenta
2008 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
This vehicle has consistently rated high in all professional reviews, and in consumers reviews. I agree.
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.
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.