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Face-Off: 2018 Subaru Forester vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4

Both are being replaced for 2019, so you might be able to get a great deal on the outgoing version

2018 Subaru Forester front three-quarter view.
2018 Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 are popular SUVs that perform very well in Consumer Reports' tests. The Subaru tops our compact SUV ratings, while the RAV4 sits just a few points behind in third place (after the Honda CR-V).

They have excellent, proven reliability histories and owners love them, based on CR’s reliability and owner satisfaction surveys. Each is being redesigned for 2019, and that means these soon-to-be-retired models are enticing because dealers are offering discounts and incentives to make room for the newest versions.

To help shoppers make a reasoned purchase decision, we dove into the details for each compact SUV. All of our data and impressions come from CR testing:

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