I don't think that CR tested the Adventure version, but I imagine that some of the RAV4 faults they cited carries over into that trim line.Consumer Reports does not agree with Alex here.
Really? They are the same people that recommend the CR-V very highly with a defective engine? Why the hell would you trust their opinion?
Most people don't need what the Forester has to offer. Also, a lot of cities have few to no Subaru dealerships.Plain and Simple the consumers buy 2 Ravas to every 1 Forester sold. Why, perceived better quality and allot more models to choose from. While Subaru is perceived as niche market and hasn’t even a luxury auto model. So the distracted shiny object consumer limits their auto shopping to Toyota products.
Tiny fraction???? If you go to the CR-V Owners forum and read through the OD Problem posts you will find that this is not a "TINY" problem. Over 85% of the owners of the 5th generation of CR-V's don't even know they have a problem! I have alerted about 20 owners here locally about the situation that they had no idea of. Multiply that times the number of these vehicles sold and it is not a "TINY" problem! The 1.5T is a major issue and the company and the dealers are not supporting their customers in regards to the problem. Chinese government has stopped the sale of these vehicles until such time as Honda comes up with a solution. The US & Canada should be doing the same thing to avoid customers from being ripped off and spending their next 3-5 years getting repairs for their $40K investment! They are now asking the owners to listen for a "whirring" sound and if heard report to dealer for replacement of camshaft & rocker arms! Yes those ratings were imposed in Oct 2018 however the problem originated with the 2017!!!!! Why are they continue to recommend? I sent a letter along with thousands of others asking why they are recommending this problem laden vehicle. They responded with the same sob story of the 2018 rating. The OD situation is not the only problem this vehicle has. They are plagued with OD, no cabin heat, safety senors not working in the wet weather, dead batteries, stalling under acceleration and the list goes on. CR is taking a lot of flack over this issue and they should be. I have used them for years but will no longer rely on their ratings when they are misleading the consumer in this manner.Reports from owners continue to show that, overall, the CR- “It’s only a tiny fraction of CR-V owners that are experiencing oil dilution. But for those owners who are, it’s a very serious issue.”[/INDENT]
It's all marketing, Toyota has been spending and marketing the Rav4 way longer than the Forester, Subaru was a tiny company 10 years ago. Toyota and Honda have had this market for the longest time. They've made their cars look plain for the longest time, which appeals to most people, the Forester started out as a wagon looking car, then with the SH it became SUV like, now that they made the looks plainer their market share have been growing. Subaru Forester interior was always ******, their speaker was even poopter...I was really turned off by the sound system of my $32,000 Forester and the hard as rock dash.Most people don't need what the Forester has to offer. Also, a lot of cities have few to no Subaru dealerships.
It's that simple.
Me? Obviously I prefer the Forester, but that's why I'm here. My mom has had several RAV4's and she likes. Same goes for my sister-in-law.