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Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4 Reliability

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Results are for year ending March 31, 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 8
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 Foresters, 4.4 months of data per Forester, average 11200 miles
2016 Toyota RAV4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 RAV4s, 2.2 months of data per RAV4, average 3100 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2015 Subaru Forester 10
3.41614906832% 3.41614906832% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  150 Foresters, 10.0 months of data per Forester, average 13100 miles
2015 Toyota RAV4 3
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  47 RAV4s, 8.2 months of data per RAV4, average 6800 miles

 

2014 Subaru Forester 29
44.8571428571% 44.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  109 Foresters, 10.3 months of data per Forester, average 24500 miles

Redesigned.
2014 Toyota RAV4 14
10.5714285714% 10.5714285714% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 RAV4s, 10.2 months of data per RAV4, average 18300 miles

 

2013 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 Foresters, 8.6 months of data per Forester, average 34500 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2013 Toyota RAV4 17
12.0689655172% 12.0689655172% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  83 RAV4s, 10.0 months of data per RAV4, average 26400 miles

Redesigned.

 

2012 Subaru Forester 22
17.8571428571% 17.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 Foresters, 10.2 months of data per Forester, average 37700 miles

Some reports of excessive oil consumption.
2012 Toyota RAV4 12
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  48 RAV4s, 8.6 months of data per RAV4, average 37100 miles

 

2011 Subaru Forester 15
3.0612244898% 3.0612244898% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Foresters, 9.5 months of data per Forester, average 59800 miles

New engine design for this model year commonly leaks oil. Also some reports of excessive oil consumption.
2011 Toyota RAV4 13
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  55 RAV4s, 10.0 months of data per RAV4, average 51600 miles

 

2010 Subaru Forester 37
32.7838827839% 32.7838827839% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  58 Foresters, 10.0 months of data per Forester, average 63900 miles
2010 Toyota RAV4 21
9.34065934066% 9.34065934066% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  50 RAV4s, 10.4 months of data per RAV4, average 65000 miles

 

2009 Subaru Forester 72
57.6923076923% 57.6923076923% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  55 Foresters, 9.7 months of data per Forester, average 81100 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2009 Toyota RAV4 26
7.14285714286% 7.14285714286% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  57 RAV4s, 10.7 months of data per RAV4, average 74800 miles

 

2008 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Foresters, 8.8 months of data per Forester, average 70000 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2008 Toyota RAV4 32
13.7362637363% 13.7362637363% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  63 RAV4s, 8.8 months of data per RAV4, average 85000 miles

 

2007 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Foresters, 9.1 months of data per Forester, average 106200 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2007 Toyota RAV4 45
25.3246753247% 25.3246753247% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  53 RAV4s, 10.0 months of data per RAV4, average 94600 miles

 

2006 Subaru Forester 66
44.7368421053% 44.7368421053% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Foresters, 8.0 months of data per Forester, average 104400 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
2006 Toyota RAV4 45
23.6842105263% 23.6842105263% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 RAV4s, 8.4 months of data per RAV4, average 102000 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Somewhat common problem with ignition coils.

 

2005 Subaru Forester 35
10.3174603175% 10.3174603175% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Foresters, 8.5 months of data per Forester, average 105500 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
2005 Toyota RAV4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 RAV4s, 8.1 months of data per RAV4, average 129900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2004 Subaru Forester 47
18.6567164179% 18.6567164179% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Foresters, 9.1 months of data per Forester, average 126000 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.
2004 Toyota RAV4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 RAV4s, 6.6 months of data per RAV4, average 119200 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2003 Subaru Forester 81
37.9120879121% 37.9120879121% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 Foresters, 10.4 months of data per Forester, average 143900 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, 8.8 months of data per RAV4, average 133600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2002 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Foresters, 9.8 months of data per Forester, average 151000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2002 Toyota RAV4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 RAV4s, 8.6 months of data per RAV4, average 114700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Foresters, 10.3 months of data per Forester, average 177500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2001 Toyota RAV4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 RAV4s, 9.4 months of data per RAV4, average 153600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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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. see full 2016 Toyota RAV4 review