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Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4 Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2016 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Foresters, 3.2 months of data per Forester, average 3100 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2015 Subaru Forester 9
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  150 Foresters, 9.2 months of data per Forester, average 10900 miles
2015 Toyota RAV4 0
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 RAV4s, 6.7 months of data per RAV4, average 5300 miles

 

2014 Subaru Forester 23
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  111 Foresters, 9.9 months of data per Forester, average 21300 miles

Redesigned.
2014 Toyota RAV4 10
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 RAV4s, 10.1 months of data per RAV4, average 16300 miles

 

2013 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Foresters, 8.9 months of data per Forester, average 29700 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2013 Toyota RAV4 15
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  78 RAV4s, 10.4 months of data per RAV4, average 23800 miles

Redesigned.

 

2012 Subaru Forester 18
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Foresters, 9.9 months of data per Forester, average 35600 miles

Some reports of excessive oil consumption.
2012 Toyota RAV4 12
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  45 RAV4s, 8.7 months of data per RAV4, average 35400 miles

 

2011 Subaru Forester 27
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Foresters, 9.3 months of data per Forester, average 56300 miles

New engine design for this model year commonly leaks oil. Also some reports of excessive oil consumption.
2011 Toyota RAV4 13
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  54 RAV4s, 10.1 months of data per RAV4, average 49300 miles

 

2010 Subaru Forester 30
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  56 Foresters, 10.1 months of data per Forester, average 61100 miles
2010 Toyota RAV4 18
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  52 RAV4s, 10.1 months of data per RAV4, average 61800 miles

 

2009 Subaru Forester 55
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  56 Foresters, 9.8 months of data per Forester, average 77000 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2009 Toyota RAV4 28
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  57 RAV4s, 10.4 months of data per RAV4, average 71200 miles

 

2008 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Foresters, 9.0 months of data per Forester, average 73200 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2008 Toyota RAV4 31
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  67 RAV4s, 9.2 months of data per RAV4, average 82100 miles

 

2007 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Foresters, 8.9 months of data per Forester, average 110500 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2007 Toyota RAV4 44
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  50 RAV4s, 10.5 months of data per RAV4, average 91400 miles

 

2006 Subaru Forester 41
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Foresters, 7.8 months of data per Forester, average 98700 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
2006 Toyota RAV4 59
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 RAV4s, 8.7 months of data per RAV4, average 101900 miles

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

 

2005 Subaru Forester 40
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Foresters, 8.9 months of data per Forester, average 103600 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
2005 Toyota RAV4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 RAV4s, 9.2 months of data per RAV4, average 130700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2004 Subaru Forester 61
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Foresters, 9.4 months of data per Forester, average 127500 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   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 RAV4s, 8.8 months of data per RAV4, average 117900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2003 Subaru Forester 71
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Foresters, 9.7 months of data per Forester, average 137400 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
2003 Toyota RAV4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 RAV4s, 9.3 months of data per RAV4, average 134700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2002 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Foresters, 9.4 months of data per Forester, average 148500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2002 Toyota RAV4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 RAV4s, 8.1 months of data per RAV4, average 117200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Foresters, 8.4 months of data per Forester, average 175600 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2001 Toyota RAV4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 RAV4s, 10.0 months of data per RAV4, average 148800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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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 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 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Well manufactured, tightly built.
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 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!!
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
Toyota reputation.
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
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
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.