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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 109 Foresters, 7.8 months of data per Forester, average 6400 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Good start.
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10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Toyota RAV4   16 RAV4s, 3.6 months of data per RAV4, average 6400 miles

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2013 Subaru Forester   19 Foresters, 10.7 months of data per Forester, average 12900 miles

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2013 Toyota RAV4 66 RAV4s, 8.7 months of data per RAV4, average 7900 miles

Redesigned.
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10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru Forester 39 Foresters, 9.7 months of data per Forester, average 20700 miles19
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Toyota RAV4 37 RAV4s, 9.5 months of data per RAV4, average 15700 miles10
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Subaru Forester 43 Foresters, 8.7 months of data per Forester, average 36700 miles

New engine design for this model year commonly leaks oil.
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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Toyota RAV4 47 RAV4s, 8.8 months of data per RAV4, average 34600 miles20
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Subaru Forester 65 Foresters, 9.3 months of data per Forester, average 47000 miles22
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Toyota RAV4 52 RAV4s, 9.5 months of data per RAV4, average 46300 miles17
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Subaru Forester 66 Foresters, 10.0 months of data per Forester, average 61200 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Toyota RAV4 55 RAV4s, 9.7 months of data per RAV4, average 54300 miles20
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Subaru Forester   22 Foresters, 8.5 months of data per Forester, average 79100 miles

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2008 Toyota RAV4 66 RAV4s, 9.4 months of data per RAV4, average 70000 miles27
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2007 Subaru Forester   20 Foresters, 9.5 months of data per Forester, average 82200 miles

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2007 Toyota RAV4 59 RAV4s, 9.5 months of data per RAV4, average 73300 miles39
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Subaru Forester   20 Foresters, 8.7 months of data per Forester, average 91400 miles

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2006 Toyota RAV4 49 RAV4s, 9.6 months of data per RAV4, average 89800 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Common problem with ignition coils.
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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Subaru Forester 25 Foresters, 8.8 months of data per Forester, average 99400 miles

Possible common problems with leaking head gaskets and cracked radiators.
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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Toyota RAV4   14 RAV4s, 9.6 months of data per RAV4, average 111300 miles

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2004 Subaru Forester 30 Foresters, 10.0 months of data per Forester, average 115400 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
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50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Toyota RAV4   11 RAV4s, 10.4 months of data per RAV4, average 112800 miles

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2003 Subaru Forester   21 Foresters, 8.6 months of data per Forester, average 122500 miles

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2003 Toyota RAV4   10 RAV4s, 7.5 months of data per RAV4, average 120400 miles

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2002 Subaru Forester   11 Foresters, 9.5 months of data per Forester, average 153200 miles

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2001 Subaru Forester   16 Foresters, 7.1 months of data per Forester, average 164400 miles

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1999 Subaru Forester   10 Foresters, 7.3 months of data per Forester, average 169500 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 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.
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.
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 224hp 2.5L 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
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Well manufactured, tightly built.
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!!
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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