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Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4 Reliability

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Results are for year ending June 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    
2016 Subaru Forester 9
1.94805194805% 1.94805194805% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  45 Foresters, 6.0 months of data per Forester, average 5000 miles
2016 Toyota RAV4 17
22.7272727273% 22.7272727273% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 RAV4s, 3.6 months of data per RAV4, average 4200 miles

 

2015 Subaru Forester 14
11.9047619048% 11.9047619048% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  149 Foresters, 10.4 months of data per Forester, average 15800 miles
2015 Toyota RAV4 3
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  48 RAV4s, 8.8 months of data per RAV4, average 8600 miles

 

2014 Subaru Forester 22
28.8571428571% 28.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  111 Foresters, 9.6 months of data per Forester, average 27400 miles

Redesigned.
2014 Toyota RAV4 10
1.42857142857% 1.42857142857% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 RAV4s, 10.7 months of data per RAV4, average 20600 miles

 

2013 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Foresters, 8.9 months of data per Forester, average 37900 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2013 Toyota RAV4 14
6.15763546798% 6.15763546798% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  83 RAV4s, 9.6 months of data per RAV4, average 28900 miles

Redesigned.

 

2012 Subaru Forester 17
9.90783410138% 9.90783410138% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Foresters, 10.2 months of data per Forester, average 39200 miles

Some reports of excessive oil consumption.
2012 Toyota RAV4 16
8.06451612903% 8.06451612903% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  50 RAV4s, 9.3 months of data per RAV4, average 39800 miles

 

2011 Subaru Forester 24
16.6666666667% 16.6666666667% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 Foresters, 8.3 months of data per Forester, average 63000 miles

New engine design for this model year commonly leaks oil. Also some reports of excessive oil consumption.
2011 Toyota RAV4 11
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  52 RAV4s, 10.1 months of data per RAV4, average 53300 miles

 

2010 Subaru Forester 29
21.0622710623% 21.0622710623% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  56 Foresters, 9.7 months of data per Forester, average 69500 miles
2010 Toyota RAV4 21
9.34065934066% 9.34065934066% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  52 RAV4s, 9.8 months of data per RAV4, average 68500 miles

 

2009 Subaru Forester 68
54.7619047619% 54.7619047619% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  56 Foresters, 9.7 months of data per Forester, average 85000 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2009 Toyota RAV4 23
4.34173669468% 4.34173669468% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  56 RAV4s, 10.3 months of data per RAV4, average 77200 miles

 

2008 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Foresters, 9.5 months of data per Forester, average 67700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2008 Toyota RAV4 26
7.14285714286% 7.14285714286% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  53 RAV4s, 9.5 months of data per RAV4, average 85000 miles

 

2007 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Foresters, 9.2 months of data per Forester, average 106600 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2007 Toyota RAV4 49
26.0290556901% 26.0290556901% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  55 RAV4s, 9.4 months of data per RAV4, average 96600 miles

 

2006 Subaru Forester 65
46.1038961039% 46.1038961039% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Foresters, 6.6 months of data per Forester, average 106800 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
2006 Toyota RAV4 43
23.2467532468% 23.2467532468% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 RAV4s, 9.1 months of data per RAV4, average 100800 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2005 Subaru Forester 41
13.539445629% 13.539445629% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Foresters, 8.7 months of data per Forester, average 108200 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
2005 Toyota RAV4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 RAV4s, 9.5 months of data per RAV4, average 126800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2004 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Foresters, 10.8 months of data per Forester, average 125700 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2004 Toyota RAV4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 RAV4s, 6.1 months of data per RAV4, average 130900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2003 Subaru Forester 97
48.7341772152% 48.7341772152% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Foresters, 10.3 months of data per Forester, average 147300 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2002 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Foresters, 9.3 months of data per Forester, average 156000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Foresters, 9.6 months of data per Forester, average 176900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2001 Toyota RAV4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 RAV4s, 8.6 months of data per RAV4, average 159000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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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
 

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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