Edmunds editors Travis Langness and Calvin Kim take the new Subaru Forester and Toyota 4Runner on a trip to the local mountains to showcase each vehicle's strengths and weaknesses on and off the road. It's all to answer the pressing question: Does the car industry's near ideal crossover have what it takes to challenge Toyota's very definition of an SUV? How do these two fare on the roads that real people drive every day? How are they when asphalt turns to dirt? Find out as we answer these questions!

Q: How much power do the 2019 Subaru Forester Touring and the 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road make?
A: The Forester is available with a 2.5-liter flat-four that makes 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. The 4Runner comes with a 4.0-liter V6 that produces 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque.

Q: How do these cars work?
A: The Forester is equipped with a continuously variable automatic transmission, while the 4Runner uses a five-speed automatic. While both drive all four wheels, they do it very differently. The Forester uses a variable clutch system to engage and disengage the rear wheels as traction is needed in conjunction with active brake control to limit wheelspin. The 4Runner can send its power to just the rear wheels for routine street driving or engage H4 to mechanically connect the front wheels to the rest of the drivetrain. For more torque, shift further to the low range, L4. The Toyota's system is mechanical and requires a firm hand on the transfer case shift lever for actuation. Other 4Runner models are equipped with a variable system that's easier to operate at the expense of outright mechanical connectivity.

Q: How much do these things cost?
A: As equipped, our 2019 Subaru Forester Touring totaled $35,270, while our 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road rang in at $40,820. Both prices include destination and handling charges.

Read our review of the 2019 Toyota 4Runner here: www.edmunds.com/toyota/4runner/2019/
Read our review of the 2019 Subaru Forester here: www.edmunds.com/subaru/forester/2019/

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Comments

    • Ebn -Falasteen
      Ebn -Falasteen

      Put a skid plate on both and both will get to the same destination. Guaranteed.

      about 9 days ago
    • Umbra says
      Umbra says

      One drawback of the Forester tho... It is direct injected.
      You get oild dilution and carbon build-up. Good luck with that.

      about 11 days ago
    • RockTheSix
      RockTheSix

      YOU WANT THE TRUTH?!!!! YOU CANT HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!!!!

      about 13 days ago
    • humza bhagat
      humza bhagat

      Compare the price of 4Runner and forester.


      Anyways forester is a god at off road, like my 2002 model. We carried a land cruiser outa mud

      about 14 days ago
    • MajorImpact
      MajorImpact

      I'm not a hardcore off-roader, so for what I do a Forester would be capable enough for me.... but I'd still pick the 4Runner because CUVs like the Forester have ANEMIC towing capacities. The Nissan Rogue is listed as being able to tow 1,102 lbs. That really limits you if you want to pull a trailer.

      about 14 days ago
    • Hang Ten
      Hang Ten

      CVT, though.

      about 15 days ago
    • lumpskie
      lumpskie

      The mentioned getting "off the beaten path"... when are they going to do that?

      about 16 days ago
    • J.Howard.Jones
      J.Howard.Jones

      Shouldn't it be 2019 Ascent not Forester? More closely sized I think.

      about 16 days ago
    • Martin Buck
      Martin Buck

      When you say 4Runner, I hear "foreigner".

      about 18 days ago
    • Andrew Draxlar
      Andrew Draxlar

      I think this review is biased in how it started to how it concluded. This video is literally geared toward showing people how forester is a better buy when in fact not many people who buy 4runner demand creature comfort features and technology. It’s like saying getting. Hybrid car is better choice than pickup truck because it’s fuel efficient.

      about 18 days ago
    • Flaxseed Oil
      Flaxseed Oil

      Tires tires tires tires

      about 20 days ago
    • that asshole that goes 55 in a 70 in the fast lane
      that asshole that goes 55 in a 70 in the fast lane

      This is the 1000th comment on this video.

      about 22 days ago
    • that asshole that goes 55 in a 70 in the fast lane
      that asshole that goes 55 in a 70 in the fast lane

      So close!

      about 22 days ago
    • that asshole that goes 55 in a 70 in the fast lane
      that asshole that goes 55 in a 70 in the fast lane

      Almost there...

      about 22 days ago
    • that asshole that goes 55 in a 70 in the fast lane
      that asshole that goes 55 in a 70 in the fast lane

      Hold on...

      about 22 days ago
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      that asshole that goes 55 in a 70 in the fast lane

      It's coming up soon...

      about 22 days ago
    • that asshole that goes 55 in a 70 in the fast lane
      that asshole that goes 55 in a 70 in the fast lane

      Or this,

      about 22 days ago
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      that asshole that goes 55 in a 70 in the fast lane

      Or this,

      about 22 days ago
    • that asshole that goes 55 in a 70 in the fast lane
      that asshole that goes 55 in a 70 in the fast lane

      Not this either,

      about 22 days ago
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      Not this...

      about 22 days ago
    • Andie deRoux
      Andie deRoux

      I love my 2019 4runner Limited. I have no regrets with the purchase and am glad I didn't get a smaller less capable crossover.

      about 23 days ago
    • Денис Коньшин
      Денис Коньшин

      Пацаны, ну что вы попу с пальцем то сравниваете?

      about 26 days ago
    • Robin L. Kintzle
      Robin L. Kintzle

      That's a stupid comparison

      about 29 days ago
    • Mm
      Mm

      4 runner is an overpriced,outdated gas guzzler. Unless you’re hitting the Moab , stick with the Subaru. It will keep you safer while you save a fortune at the pump.

      about 29 days ago
    • D Howison
      D Howison

      This video feels so scripted and therefore fake and unnatural. Cringe.....

      about 1 month ago
    • Arya Moshrefi
      Arya Moshrefi

      why are you trying so hard to convince us that forester is as capable as 4runner! it is not! it doesn't have a low-range gear! that's enough to kill your forester.

      about 1 month ago
    • Tom A
      Tom A

      I always get a great laugh on these one-time comparisons. I could probably get a Kia Soul to go most of those places....... one time!
      That Subaru thing is going to be growing weeds in a junk yard well before the Toyota is even broken in good. And that's if you drive them off road or not. You can't even begin to compare legendary Toyota quality with legendary Subaru non-quality!
      Total apples and oranges comparison!!

      about 1 month ago
    • Umbra says
      Umbra says

      Keep your foot on the throttle and let the system work. If you get the right line you will climb almost everything in that Forester.

      about 1 month ago
    • A. Muhammad
      A. Muhammad

      What about Subaru Forester vs Lexus GX460?

      about 1 month ago
    • Ethan M
      Ethan M

      The X mode isn’t for crawling, it allows the wheels to slip in things like mud and snow so you keep moving forward when you don’t have traction.

      about 1 month ago