Soooo, was the Rav4 quicker than your Forester XT?
I have a V6 Rav4 and it's a definitely a fun vehicle with a solid drive train.
Hard to say because they behave so differently!
The RAV4 just JUMPED off the line and, I think, felt quicker because of that. I totally enjoyed that vehicle from the get go.
The FXT has a bit of a delay which is supposed to be due more the CVT than the turbo, and I had to learn little tricks like popping the downshift lever (even in auto) and turning off the traction control when I really want it to respond. Once it gets going, it just plain rolls. It can be deceptive because it is so smooth...I have to merge 2 lanes down to 1 right after a light on my way home from work and decided to stretch it out just after I bought it. I had the impression that the FXT didn't respond that well, but looked down to find I was doing 80 in a 40 zone right after the merge...aaahhh!!! You don't even notice the auto CVT working, and manual mode paddle shifting is too slow to be of much use in 0-60 type dashes.
There are a few areas in which the FXT clearly feels better than the "RAV6" did...the Yo always seemed sluggish to me around 50mph, like it couldn't find the right gear when I wanted it to jump. No such dead spot with the FXT. I also have a long hill climb out of my neighborhood right after a stop sign, and, again, the RAV4 just seemed like it couldn't find the right gear to get up that hill in a hurry if I really wanted to get going. The FXT climbs it like a goat no matter what.
I think the published 0-60 times are a bit faster with the FXT, 6.2-6.4 secs compared to something like 6.6 for the RAV4 IIRC, but there are a lot of shenanigans involved in getting those...brake boosting, trac off, funny games with the manual/auto shifting. Seemed like you just stood on the RAV4 and it went, although I really wished that it had the manual shifting option like my wife's Avalon to play with.
I may have bought another RAV4 if they had kept the V6 option, but I was not enamored of the AWD system and I had an expensive repair on it. Did not want to shell out for the heavier RX350 and the local Acura dealer just plain messed with me when I went to buy an RDX (also with weak AWD). BMW X1 and the Infiniti QX50 were too small. The RAV4 was more fun for me, but the FXT probably really suits my needs better.