SUV Compare: CR-V vs. RAV4 vs. Forester — MSN Autos

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Class favorites from and Toyota face the new Subaru.

Now in league with the class the 2009 Subaru Forester the Toyota RAV4 and Honda with a clean-sheet body, an chassis and suspension, and Symmetrical

The SUV is not dead — it’s merely to fit the current automotive landscape. behemoths with V8 power and interiors have fallen favor in the face of four-dollar prices. Built on a car chassis and car-sized engines, “crossover” are a hot commodity. The Toyota RAV4 and CR-V are far and away the top dogs in the segment. Our third competitor is the 2009 Subaru Forester.


The RAV4 and CR-V can be in front-wheel drive (FWD) or drive (AWD), while all come standard with Symmetrical AWD. The base X starts at $19,995 and the model tops out with the XT Limited at The Forester has five distinct with individual price

Honda’s CR-V line-up at $20,700 for the FWD LX and is split into FWD and AWD of its three basic trims: LX, EX and An AWD EX-L tops the price at with a $26,700 tag. the Toyota RAV4 has three levels: Base, Sport and Starting at $21,250, the RAV4 has no than 12 price points, at $26,820.

Under the Hood

Honda’s CR-V has a “one fits all” strategy, its 2.5-liter 4-cylinder as the sole choice. This mill, with i-VTEC variable-valve-timing is rated at 166 horsepower at 5800 rpm and 161 of torque at 4200 rpm. The transmission offered is a 5-speed The FWD CR-V is EPA-rated at 20/27 mpg 20/26 mpg for AWD models.

Subaru offers only 4-cylinder but turbo power can be added to the The X Foresters get a naturally aspirated, opposed (“boxer”) 2.5-liter XTs get a turbocharged version of the 2.5-liter.

The X engine delivers 170 horsepower at rpm and 170 lb-ft of torque at 4400 and can be had with either a five-speed or four-speed automatic. The non-turbo features Subaru’s i-Active valve lift system, electronic fuel injection and is certified. Fuel economy is at 20/26 mpg.

The Forester’s turbocharged powerplant a DOHC valvetrain and Subaru’s advanced Active Valve System (AVCS). The XT pumps out 224 at 5200 rpm and 226 lb-ft of torque at rpm. The Forester XT is EPA-rated at mpg and is only available with a automatic.

Toyota offers a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V6 in any level of its mini SUV. The is a 16-valve DOHC design Toyota’s VVT-i variable cam system, and is rated at 179 horsepower at rpm and 172 lb-ft of torque at 4000 The 2.5-liter generates 22/28 mpg in FWD trim and 21/27 mpg when with Toyota’s On Demand AWD Four-cylinder models feature automatic transmissions.

The RAV4’s V6 generates 269 horsepower at rpm and 246 lb-ft of torque at 4700 and uses Toyota’s Dual that phases both and exhaust cams for optimum and economy. When it comes to economy, the V6 compromises little, 19/27 mpg in FWD trim and 19/26 in AWD RAV4s with V6 engines five-speed automatic transmissions.


Clean and Spartan Subaru’s treatment of the Forester’s There are few buttons on the dash, and to interfere with the driver’s view of the road. Beyond the visibility, the Forester has the most capacity of the group and roomy seats.

Cozy and comfortable was the target for designers. The CR-V hits the with excellent front that include captain’s armrests, a dash-mounted shifter opens up floor space and an gauge cluster that in an upscale luxury sedan.

The and versatile RAV4 interior has an feel, with muted and a symmetrical arrangement of controls and There is storage aplenty as the has dual glove boxes, a center console and no less 10 cupholders in its airy interior. The big advantage over the competition is its third-row seating, which of the others offers. We found cargo access in the RAV4 because the back door toward the curb instead of from it.

Continued: Cabin Comparisons

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