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Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, SUV
#1 of 782 Honda CRV, Toyota Rav 4 or Subaru Forester?
Feb 02, 2006 (9:57 am)
What do you guys think about the 2006 Toyota Limited Rav 4, 2006 XS Subaru Forester and the 2006 EX Honda CRV?
I am debating the extra size of the CRV and Rav4, but the Rav4 has been redesigned for 2006. However, I like the power of the Forester and the fact that it has a real bumper on the back. Also, I don't think it has the side curtain air bags like the CRV. The Toyota for some reason forces you to upgrade to the top engine for the side-curtain airbags.
I have a 70 lb dog and a baby on the way. Do you think the extra room in the CRV or Rav 4 wins over the Forester?
How about the safety factor of the side-curtain air bags in the CRV or the best AWD system in the Forester?
Geez, so many choices. Lets hear from drivers of all vehicles.
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- sky23213 (Feb 02, 2006 11:11 pm)
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#2 of 782 My Rav4 test drive
Feb 02, 2006 (12:46 pm)
I loved the Forester, but the RAV4 felt like it was going to rollover on some turns.
The Honda just felt better.
#3 of 782 Re: Honda CRV, Toyota Rav 4 or Subaru Forester? [pogs2006]
Feb 02, 2006 (11:11 pm)
One thing you may need to definitely consider is the rear seat leg room. U mentioned a baby on the way - it means there'll always be someone sitting by the car seat to attend to the little one. So you want to make sure that some one is comfortable enough. Rear seat space was one of the things that made us choose the CR-V. I'm sure the new RAV4 is at least a little bigger, but then to get all those airbags u need to upgrade I think. Or suffer that subtle form of extortion called "convenience packages". Honda doesn't do that to u - just 3 trims, loaded, anything else u could get from the dealer or nicely discounted from H&A.
#4 of 782 Re: Honda CRV, Toyota Rav 4 or Subaru Forester? [pogs2006]
Feb 03, 2006 (5:42 am)
Those three vehicles you mention are all GOOD vehicles. When I was on the market, those were also the choices I considered. Finally I go with the V because when it comes to safety, it's un-negotiable especially you will put your baby in the back seat. Besides you know Honda stands behind it. Good luck and let us know which one you end up buying.
#5 of 782 Re: Honda CRV, Toyota Rav 4 or Subaru Forester? [sky23213]
Feb 03, 2006 (6:19 am)
New Rav is MUCH bigger, and you don't have to "upgrade" or get the bigger engine to get side air bags.
This is from the prices paid section by hazletone:
we got a BASE RAV4 with and MSRP of 22,851(side curtiain bags, tint, alarm and some other stuff we didn't care about) for $21400
#6 of 782 Re: Honda CRV, Toyota Rav 4 or Subaru Forester? [pogs2006]
Feb 03, 2006 (6:51 am)
The Forester's side air bags are seat-mounted, but protect the occupants' head areas very well - it got a high rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (very demanding) side impact test. What the Forester does not have is a particularly roomy back seat, so if that's important to you it might not be the best choice.
My suggestion is to hold off making a decision until you've test-driven all three.
#7 of 782 upgrade req'd in Canada for backseat side-curtain airbags
Feb 03, 2006 (7:01 am)
Unfortunately in Canada, only the front and side airbags are standard for the rear seat. The side-curtain airbags for the rear seat only comes with the V6 version. Why they wouldn't add it as optional to all lines, is beyond me. People like me in their mid-thirties with a small family will definitey take that into consideration when choosing a vehicle. After all, why should I upgrade to the bigger engine with my wife and kid in the vehicle. When my wife or myself are sitting in the back seat with the baby, I am thinking the CRV's side-curtain airbags would be much safer.
Feb 03, 2006 (7:57 am)
I was in the car market very recently looking at both the Honda and Toyota. I wound-up ordering an 06 Rav4 I4 4x2 Limited with airbags, moonroof, upgraded stereo, and daytime running lights. Here's why I chose the Rav: I needed a vehicle with high reliability, good gas mileage, extra storage and the ability to tow if needed. Both CR-V and Rav have these qualities and have the features that were important to me: alloy wheels, moonroof, tilt-telescopic steering wheel, at least 6 speakers, audio controls on steering wheel, airbags, and a 1500lb towing capacity with the I4. What the CR-v has going for it is that most of those features are standard on the EX, but the Rav 1-up's it in a few catagories. The Rav has more cargo room, in part thanx to it's fold flat seats, rather than CR-V's tumble seats. The Rav has more power, better fuel efficiency, and a larger gas tank. This is very important to me, seeing as how I drive 600 miles a week. Yes, the CR-V has a 5-speed auto trans, but my test drive of the Rav had me doing 80mph at only 2800rpm; only 200rpm more than my 04 Accord I4 with a 5-speed auto. Then there's the looks: The only pretty CR-V is the Special Edition, with it's painted bumpers and hard-cover spare. Both the EX and SE force you to get AWD with the poorer gas mileage. All trims of Rav have painted bumpers and at least a half hard-cover spare. Yes, Toyota forces you to buy options and packages to get the CR-V and Rav4 on a level playing field, but I was able to get the Rav with all the options I wanted at 900 under msrp quite easily, even though quantities are limited right now.
#9 of 782 Forester, Hands Down
Feb 03, 2006 (8:59 am)
We were just in the same decision process. We eliminated the Honda because of the safety/rollover issue. I wanted the RAV4, until we sat in the rear seats. Not the third row, which is unusable, but the second row. They are flat uncomfortable, and would be torture on any trip.
The Forester is comfortable, quick, and safe. It has full-time AWD, which neither the Honda nor the Toyota have. We need a snow car, and that gives Forester the edge.
Plus, heated windshield wipers and heated mirrors. You won't believe how convenient the heated wipers are when you have bad weather.
#10 of 782 Re: Honda CRV, Toyota Rav 4 or Subaru Forester? [pogs2006]
Feb 03, 2006 (12:25 pm)
I am also considering those three but leaning towards the crv. Both the forester and rav4 have little leg room for an adult with the front seat in a comfortable position for me(6'5") and with a baby on the way like another person said, You or your significant other will be back there on longer rides or when fussy. A second draw back to the rav4 is that unlike the crv the back window doesn't open. So the only way in is with the back door that swings open. Normally not a problem until you have to load the groceries and some one parked right behind you. Any way you go with these 3 I'm sure you'll be happy. Just test drive all three with you driving and your significant other in back for half and then switch on the way back to the dealer and see which one fits best.