Vehicle Comparisons:
2018 RAV4 Adventure vs 2018 Subaru Forester

2018 Toyota Rav4 Available in Gallatin TNDriving through Nashville, Gallatin, and Madison can be fun, but sometimes you need to take an adventure off the beaten path. Taking a trip off-road can add some much-needed excitement to your life, but you should make sure you have a vehicle that can handle the trip without impacting on-the-road performance.

If you want to enjoy the best of both worlds, there are two vehicles that could be the answer. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure is great for your off-road excursions, but the 2018 Subaru Forester has some impressive features as well. Find out which is better suited for your needs in our comprehensive 2018 RAV4 Adventure vs. 2018 Subaru Forester comparison.

Off-Road Capability

Both of these vehicles are certainly capable off-road, but the RAV4 Adventure might make the trip a bit more exciting. You can enjoy 18-inch wheels by default, along with durable rocker panel guards to help take on rugged terrain. The Forester, on the other hand, starts out with 17-inch wheels. Unique Adventure grade mudguards are also featured with the RAV4, while the Forester is designed mostly to stay on the road.

Your entire off-road adventure won’t be in your vehicle. Exploring on foot is half the fun, but you need to make sure your vehicle can handle whatever you track back in with you. The RAV4 Adventure comes with heavy duty, all-weather floor liners and cargo mats. There’s even a 120V/100W power outlet in the back, so you can keep your gear charged. The Forester can’t offer the same.


Mastering the RAV4's Off-Roading Capability

Underneath the hood, you’ll spot a real difference in engines. The Forester’s engine is typically impressive but compared to the RAV4’s it simply doesn’t hold up. With the Forester, you get a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that offers 170 horsepower. With the RAV4, you get a 2.5L 4-cylinder as well, but it offers 176 horsepower.

The RAV4 comes with additional features as well, such as dual variable valve timing with intelligence technology. This works to optimize your engine no matter what you’re doing, so you always know you’re getting the most out of it. As an added bonus, you can also enjoy paddle shifters with the RAV4, so you can shift gears without letting go of the wheel.


One of the most blatant differences between these two vehicles has to do with utility. You may not think small crossover SUVs like these will have any kind of towing capacity, but both of these will surprise you. The Forester can do in a pinch with its 1,500-pound towing capacity, but that’s not even half of what the RAV4 Adventure can muster. When properly equipped, the RAV4 can offer an incredible 3,500-pound towing capacity thanks to the Tow Prep Package.

2018 RAV4 Adventure at Ron Hibbard Toyota

While the 2018 RAV4 Adventure vs. 2018 Subaru Forester comparison was close, the RAV4 Adventure stands to be the better vehicle overall. If you want to see this incredible crossover for yourself, head over to Ron Hibbard Toyota. We’ve been helping drivers in the Nashville, Gallatin, and Madison areas for years, and would love to help you as well. Contact us today to schedule your test drive!

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