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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 129 Foresters, 7.0 months of data per Forester, average 6800 miles5
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2015 Toyota RAV4   21 RAV4s, 3.5 months of data per RAV4, average 3000 miles

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2014 Subaru Forester 120 Foresters, 9.5 months of data per Forester, average 15700 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Good start.
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20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Toyota RAV4 32 RAV4s, 8.9 months of data per RAV4, average 10100 miles17
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Subaru Forester   21 Foresters, 9.4 months of data per Forester, average 22200 miles

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2013 Toyota RAV4 73 RAV4s, 10.2 months of data per RAV4, average 18400 miles

Redesigned.
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0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru Forester 34 Foresters, 9.8 months of data per Forester, average 30500 miles

Some reports of excessive oil consumption.
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20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Toyota RAV4 44 RAV4s, 8.8 months of data per RAV4, average 27900 miles22
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2011 Subaru Forester 39 Foresters, 9.0 months of data per Forester, average 51100 miles

New engine design for this model year commonly leaks oil. Also some reports of excessive oil consumption.
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2011 Toyota RAV4 56 RAV4s, 9.1 months of data per RAV4, average 44800 miles14
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Subaru Forester 55 Foresters, 10.2 months of data per Forester, average 58700 miles28
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2010 Toyota RAV4 56 RAV4s, 9.2 months of data per RAV4, average 55900 miles19
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2009 Subaru Forester 58 Foresters, 9.9 months of data per Forester, average 70800 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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2009 Toyota RAV4 58 RAV4s, 10.3 months of data per RAV4, average 68200 miles28
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2008 Subaru Forester   16 Foresters, 8.7 months of data per Forester, average 78900 miles

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2008 Toyota RAV4 69 RAV4s, 9.6 months of data per RAV4, average 78500 miles40
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2007 Subaru Forester   19 Foresters, 9.4 months of data per Forester, average 95400 miles

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2007 Toyota RAV4 47 RAV4s, 10.4 months of data per RAV4, average 85600 miles42
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2006 Subaru Forester   18 Foresters, 9.7 months of data per Forester, average 90000 miles

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2006 Toyota RAV4 41 RAV4s, 8.5 months of data per RAV4, average 100900 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Earlier common problem with ignition coils. Possible continuing common problem with the water pump.
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2005 Subaru Forester 26 Foresters, 8.9 months of data per Forester, average 99100 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
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2005 Toyota RAV4   13 RAV4s, 10.6 months of data per RAV4, average 132400 miles

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2004 Subaru Forester 30 Foresters, 9.4 months of data per Forester, average 126800 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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2004 Toyota RAV4   13 RAV4s, 8.2 months of data per RAV4, average 123500 miles

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2003 Subaru Forester 27 Foresters, 8.6 months of data per Forester, average 128800 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
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2003 Toyota RAV4   14 RAV4s, 7.0 months of data per RAV4, average 123600 miles

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2002 Subaru Forester   12 Foresters, 8.3 months of data per Forester, average 150200 miles

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2001 Subaru Forester   16 Foresters, 8.0 months of data per Forester, average 166100 miles

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2001 Toyota RAV4   10 RAV4s, 6.8 months of data per RAV4, average 132700 miles

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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.

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
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Subaru has a great reputation for reliability.
2010 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
I hope that I find Subaru to be deserving of the reliability & durability ratings.
2010 4dr SUV turbocharged 250hp 2.0L H4
8-speed shiftable CVT AWD
just reliable
2010 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Reliable vehicles that last for years.
2010 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
My last 2 Subarus have gone to 185,000 and 240,000 miles.
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
good reputation, resale, alot of em out there pushing 200K, some even 300K!!
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Good reputation, needs to be reliable for the amount of remote driving that is done.
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
Based on reputation, so far (less than 2000 miles).
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 250hp 2.0L 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.
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
There is a reason you see so many old one around in our mountain town - they just work and keep working.
Subaru Forester Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT 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 250hp 2.0L H4
8-speed shiftable CVT 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 176-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable 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 176-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable 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.
2008 4dr SUV 176-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Unfortunately, I had to get rid of this car because with less than 100, 000 miles (it had 95, 000) and having beenexcellently maintained it gave me oil sludge problem, and the dealer recommended engine replacement... Unvelievable in a Toyota with such a low, well maintainedvehicle. I will never, ever again buy a Toyota. It was my first (and last) one. I would not recommend it to any one...
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
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.
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.