Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Vancouver Island
Car Year: 2009
Car Model: Forester
I have not had a CRV or RAV4 but can compare to our Sienna and the Pathfinder the Forester replaced.
Just to set it up a bit, my Forester is a 2009 and currently has 54,000 kms on it. The Sienna is a 2004, with 90,000 kms. The Pathfinder was a 2002 and had about 180,000 kms when I traded it in. Both the Forester and Pathy are/were work vehicles, so I have pretty good records for tax purposes. Sienna is my wife's and we do not track to the same level.
Of these, the Sienna has had the least in maintenance costs. Its biggest was the timing belt this spring, for $800 CDN. Rear shocks were also done at the same time. It is on its second set of tires, both summer and winters. Brakes are original at this point. Did need a new rad, but that was covered under warranty. Do not have a cost of ownership calculation.
The Forester would be a little higher. So far just oil changes and the regular required maintenance. And this is where it is more costly. The 48,000 km service (30,000 miles) is a big one, with new plugs and other stuff. Cost me just under $400 CDN. No "repairs" to date. Cost of ownership is running about $0.35/km.
The Pathfinder, well the less said about that the better! At its age, it was in need of a fair bit of work on suspension bits that were just about worn out. And for repairs, it has some pretty pricey electronics that had to be replaced. Cost of ownership over the almost 5 years I owned it was about $0.55/km.
Hope this helps. I do know that Consumer Reports shows the Forester as having a better than average cost of ownership. But it is a Subaru and I find its benefits are worth the extra costs.
2009 Subaru Forester Touring Edition, AT