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Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4 Reliability

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Results are for year ending September 30, 2016. 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    
2017 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  26 Foresters, 1.9 months of data per Forester, average 2100 miles

 

2016 Subaru Forester 6
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  49 Foresters, 7.6 months of data per Forester, average 6500 miles
2016 Toyota RAV4 12
9.74025974026% 9.74025974026% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  59 RAV4s, 4.9 months of data per RAV4, average 5500 miles

 

2015 Subaru Forester 14
11.9047619048% 11.9047619048% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  151 Foresters, 10.4 months of data per Forester, average 18600 miles
2015 Toyota RAV4 3
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  50 RAV4s, 9.5 months of data per RAV4, average 11100 miles

 

2014 Subaru Forester 20
22.5274725275% 22.5274725275% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  107 Foresters, 9.8 months of data per Forester, average 30000 miles

Redesigned.
2014 Toyota RAV4 17
15.9340659341% 15.9340659341% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  36 RAV4s, 9.8 months of data per RAV4, average 21900 miles

 

2013 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Foresters, 9.2 months of data per Forester, average 41400 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2013 Toyota RAV4 13
4.18719211823% 4.18719211823% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  82 RAV4s, 9.9 months of data per RAV4, average 32500 miles

Redesigned.

 

2012 Subaru Forester 15
8.12807881773% 8.12807881773% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  33 Foresters, 10.0 months of data per Forester, average 41100 miles

Some reports of excessive oil consumption.
2012 Toyota RAV4 20
17.9802955665% 17.9802955665% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  49 RAV4s, 10.0 months of data per RAV4, average 43200 miles

 

2011 Subaru Forester 31
23.9926739927% 23.9926739927% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  32 Foresters, 8.6 months of data per Forester, average 67500 miles

New engine design for this model year commonly leaks oil. Also some reports of excessive oil consumption.
2011 Toyota RAV4 16
2.01465201465% 2.01465201465% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  50 RAV4s, 10.4 months of data per RAV4, average 56600 miles

 

2010 Subaru Forester 26
16.6666666667% 16.6666666667% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  58 Foresters, 9.5 months of data per Forester, average 71800 miles
2010 Toyota RAV4 25
15.2014652015% 15.2014652015% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  52 RAV4s, 10.3 months of data per RAV4, average 73700 miles

 

2009 Subaru Forester 62
50.8746355685% 50.8746355685% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  54 Foresters, 10.0 months of data per Forester, average 86900 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2009 Toyota RAV4 23
5.39358600583% 5.39358600583% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  56 RAV4s, 10.1 months of data per RAV4, average 79300 miles

 

2008 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Foresters, 10.2 months of data per Forester, average 74800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2008 Toyota RAV4 30
11.5384615385% 11.5384615385% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  53 RAV4s, 9.8 months of data per RAV4, average 84700 miles

 

2007 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Foresters, 9.1 months of data per Forester, average 107700 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2007 Toyota RAV4 41
18.9655172414% 18.9655172414% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  55 RAV4s, 9.1 months of data per RAV4, average 100400 miles

 

2006 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Foresters, 7.6 months of data per Forester, average 109600 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2006 Toyota RAV4 47
29.2452830189% 29.2452830189% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  34 RAV4s, 9.9 months of data per RAV4, average 106000 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2005 Subaru Forester 39
11.8336886994% 11.8336886994% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  28 Foresters, 8.8 months of data per Forester, average 107500 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
2005 Toyota RAV4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 RAV4s, 9.1 months of data per RAV4, average 123800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2004 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Foresters, 10.5 months of data per Forester, average 124800 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2004 Toyota RAV4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 RAV4s, 8.1 months of data per RAV4, average 127100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2003 Subaru Forester 105
58.5714285714% 58.5714285714% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  28 Foresters, 9.8 months of data per Forester, average 146400 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
  10 RAV4s, 6.7 months of data per RAV4, average 130300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2002 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Foresters, 8.4 months of data per Forester, average 156400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Foresters, 8.0 months of data per Forester, average 175200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2001 Toyota RAV4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 RAV4s, 7.0 months of data per RAV4, average 161400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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TrueDelta Reviews the Reliability And Durability of the 2015 Subaru Forester

2015 Subaru Forester Reliability And Durability: Neutral
YearComment
2014 Subaru has a strong reliability reputation. To a certain extent, though, this reputation is based on ratings that focus on the first few years of ownership. Once Subarus pass the 100,000-mile mark they can become much more expensive to keep up than a Honda or Toyota. Subaru engines through at least the 2008 model year have head gaskets prone to failure. The current engine dates to 2011, and the earliest examples have begun to suffer from valve cover gasket leaks (much less expensive to fix than head gaskets). Will the 2014s age better? Perhaps, but it's too soon to say. full 2014 Subaru Forester review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the 2015 Toyota RAV4

2015 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. full 2015 Toyota RAV4 review