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Subaru Forester Vs Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road SUV

What are the best compact SUVs for off road or 2020 Subaru Forester or Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road? SUV is a real dirt road warrior




Subaru Forester Vs Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road

While most owners never take their compact SUV off-road, many outdoor enthusiasts do. Besides Jeep, Subaru is one of the original small off-road vehicles and Toyota wants in the game. Toyota brings the new RAV4 TRD Off-Road trim, but is it as good as the Subaru Forester when it comes to extreme off-road ability? One feature could be the difference for getting away from civilization

Subaru Forester Vs Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road SUV


Toyota brings the new 2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Road ($33,995) to the party to compete with Subaru. Here’s a quick rundown of the TRD goodies on the RAV4. It comes with 8.6-inch ground clearance (Forester has 8.7-inches) and the TRD Off-Road suspension. It features a Multi-Terrain Select with Mud & Sand mode for beach driving, or Rock & Dirt mode for trails, and Snow mode for winter conditions. Outside it gets 18x7-inch matte black TRD alloy wheels with Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail all-terrain tires

Toyota North America general manager told RAV4 TRD Off-Road is no different from Adventure RAV4. "You know, it's funny because the technical changes aren't quite important. Obviously there was more interest on the part of TRD, but to try to tell you there's a lot of difference, there's no way to try to do that," he says

RAV4 Off-Road is nothing more than a package appearance. "More comfortable" riding should be allowed over rough terrain and puncture-resistant tires. The best way to see the 2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Road is a compact SUV with a more aggressive look and very high options with improved suspension and highly-rated tires in the winter



Forester off-road ability

One of Subaru’s core values that sets the Japanese automaker apart from the rest of the family vehicles is their “go-anywhere” attitude. Subaru Forester, around since 1998, is a popular choice with adventure enthusiasts who like its all-wheel-drive capabilities for snow and ice and delivering the family safely to their destination. But one feature sets it apart from the RAV4 TRD OFF-Road

All Forester models come equipped with the X-Mode extreme off-road system that gives it improved off-pavement capabilities. But the Forester Sport trim comes with dual-function X-Mode

Subaru made changes to the newly redesigned Forester in 2019 for improved off-road ability by adding dual-function X-Mode, and it’s available on the Sport trim. The new dual-function X-Mode has settings for snow, dirt, and mud and is the latest addition to the fifth-generation Forester

Dual-function X-Mode adds additional capability when you get into deep snow and mud and steep inclines when you are farther away from civilization. In these scenarios, maintaining momentum is critical, and you don’t want to get stuck, so Subaru alters settings to allow for more wheel slip

For more extreme off-road adventures, the 2020 Subaru Forester Sport with dual-function X-Mode is the best choice for those wanting to get deep into the high-country and away from civilization