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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  
2014 Subaru Forester 67 Foresters, 5.5 months of data per Forester, average 4200 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Good start.
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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Subaru Forester   21 Foresters, 9.0 months of data per Forester, average 8300 miles

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2013 Toyota RAV4 54 RAV4s, 5.3 months of data per RAV4, average 4700 miles

Redesigned.
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2012 Subaru Forester 41 Foresters, 9.6 months of data per Forester, average 16400 miles15
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2012 Toyota RAV4 35 RAV4s, 10.1 months of data per RAV4, average 11500 miles10
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2011 Subaru Forester 40 Foresters, 9.1 months of data per Forester, average 31300 miles

New engine design for this model year commonly leaks oil.
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50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Toyota RAV4 41 RAV4s, 10.2 months of data per RAV4, average 28300 miles17
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2010 Subaru Forester 58 Foresters, 10.6 months of data per Forester, average 42100 miles18
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2010 Toyota RAV4 59 RAV4s, 8.9 months of data per RAV4, average 40400 miles18
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2009 Subaru Forester 71 Foresters, 10.3 months of data per Forester, average 55100 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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2009 Toyota RAV4 60 RAV4s, 9.4 months of data per RAV4, average 48500 miles15
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2008 Subaru Forester   21 Foresters, 9.1 months of data per Forester, average 75300 miles

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2008 Toyota RAV4 64 RAV4s, 10.3 months of data per RAV4, average 64500 miles20
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2007 Subaru Forester   24 Foresters, 10.2 months of data per Forester, average 80000 miles

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2007 Toyota RAV4 63 RAV4s, 9.7 months of data per RAV4, average 68700 miles26
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2006 Subaru Forester   22 Foresters, 8.9 months of data per Forester, average 87700 miles

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2006 Toyota RAV4 49 RAV4s, 10.5 months of data per RAV4, average 86500 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Common problem with ignition coils.
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2005 Subaru Forester   23 Foresters, 9.5 months of data per Forester, average 95800 miles

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2005 Toyota RAV4   13 RAV4s, 10.5 months of data per RAV4, average 108200 miles

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2004 Subaru Forester 34 Foresters, 8.8 months of data per Forester, average 105800 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
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2004 Toyota RAV4   11 RAV4s, 8.8 months of data per RAV4, average 99100 miles

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2003 Subaru Forester   21 Foresters, 9.6 months of data per Forester, average 127000 miles

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2003 Toyota RAV4   13 RAV4s, 7.4 months of data per RAV4, average 121600 miles

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2002 Subaru Forester   15 Foresters, 7.1 months of data per Forester, average 147400 miles

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2001 Subaru Forester   17 Foresters, 8.6 months of data per Forester, average 145700 miles

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2001 Toyota RAV4   10 RAV4s, 8.1 months of data per RAV4, average 100200 miles

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1999 Subaru Forester   10 Foresters, 7.4 months of data per Forester, average 173000 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 Subaru Forester Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Subaru Forester: 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
I hope that I find Subaru to be deserving of the reliability & durability ratings.
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.
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
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.
Reliability and Durability of the Subaru Forester: 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.

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What Our Members Are Saying about Toyota RAV4 Reliability and Durability

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