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Santa fe vs Toyota Rav 4 vs Subaru Forester

I am looking for small family SUV.
Which car should I get for 25k?

1) 2013 Hyundai Santa fe 2.4 AWD
(Pros: Bigger, Nice Design, Long Warranty, Cons: 20/26 MPG, Brand Name or quality people think)

2) 2013 Toyota Rav 4 AWD XLE
(Pros: Reliable, Standard Backup Camera with 6 inch touch sceen
Cons: Looks small)

3) 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium (Available on March 2013)
(Pros: Best AWD, 24/32 MPG, Standard Backup Camera. Cons: Really UGLY)

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Coming from a 4.3 generation Rav4 the 4.4 are a step backwards. If we buy another SUV, it will be the Santa FE. Test drove both Thursday.
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Ask yourself why you need a family SUV - if it's primarily as family transport buy the Santa Fe - if it's primarily as a SUV buy the Forester

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Agree with Ruperts Trooper.

Do you plan on towing anything? The 2.0T Santa Fe will tow up to 3500. The Subaru will tow 2700lbs and the Rav 4 will top out at 1500lbs.

I looked at the Subaru very closely when I was trying to decide on a new vehicle and felt that the Outback was "unrefined". For example, we looked at the "Limited" model with leather. The leather on the rear armrest looked like some kid sewed it and slid it over the armrest. Engine noise was significantly higher than the Santa Fe and the Outback has the CVT transmission, not a bad thing necessarily but different.

I was seriously interested in the RAV4 also but their timeline for the vehicle to show up on dealer lots did not match my timeline for purchasing a vehicle. The final deal killer for me was when I found out that it only had an anemic 176hp 4 cylinder. I don't remember if I compared interior specs or not but the RAV4 looks small, more along the lines of the Ford Escape.

I did a mini-review earlier...

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For me, it's all about style (looks) and bang for the buck. I traded in my 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee for my 2013 SFS 2.0 SE. I was looking at a used 2012 Cherokee, but it will was going to cost more then a brand new SFS with more features, and more warranty! Just didn't make sense.

As far as your options, Subaru and ugly, Toyota is nicer, but still nothing special, and it's a little overpriced. At the end of the day - what car offers best bang for the buck? Options that are included on the SFS are almost impossible to beat at the price point it's at.
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[QUOTE=7milesup;1223000]Agree with Ruperts Trooper.

7miles outthere - the poster mentions the 2014 forester - which is a significant redesign and got gushing slobbering praise from a TFL review .

I agree also with Ruperts Trooper advice - if you need more SUV (kicking myself now ) traits then the Subbie deserves a hard look. The Hyundai is definately more styled and great interior but Subaru Forester does have better AWD and for similar weight yields better mpgs compared to the SFS, but it is also a bit smaller.
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Re: Santa fe vs Toyota Rav 4 vs Subaru Forester

We have a 2009 Forester and have 60k miles on it. Great SUV in all weather, especially the snow. No problems at all with it.

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The Hyundai is definately more styled and great interior but Subaru Forester does have better AWD and for similar weight yields better mpgs compared to the SFS, but it is also a bit smaller.
Is this a first - a Subaru with better fuel consumption than one of it's competitors ?

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25K is a pretty hard find in Canada, probably used, then the rules all change. Probably more in favour of SF in my recent search.
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Is this a first - a Subaru with better fuel consumption than one of it's competitors ?
FWIW - USA EPA rates the 2014 Forester at 23/28 for the 2.0T and 24/32 for the 2.5 engine.

The TFL guys clocked the Subie turbo 0 to 60 at 8.1 secs I think, these are the same guys that had the SFS 2.0T at 9.4 sec . The Subie engine is rated slight less HP and torque than the Hyundai 2.0T - but peak numbers rarely tell the entire performance story, the SFS and the Forester are pretty close in weight.

It seems some makers are getting better mpg ratings out of CVT , the new Nissan Pathfinder is a good example
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