The Subaru Solterra is the company’s first electric vehicle, and it comes with standard all-wheel drive. Toyota and Subaru collaborated to develop the platform for the compact SUV, which will also underpin upcoming Toyota models such as the bZ4X. With 222 to 228 miles of driving range, the Solterra offers some neat off-road tricks and much standard driver assistance. Currently, the 2023 Solterra does not face much competition in the non-luxury EV compact-ute segment, but things could significantly change in the near future.
Some reviewers say the 2023 Subaru Solterra’s interior is too simple, but it’s quiet and clean. A textured fabric on the dash and soft-touch plastics are used in the cabin. Cargo space and comfort are about average for the class, and the seats are relatively comfortable and spacious.
In terms of driving, the 2023 Subaru Solterra comes with a smooth ride and a decent acceleration rate. Among electric SUVs, it stands out for its off-road capability.
In 2022, what’s new?
Subaru fans will have the first chance to drive a fully electric vehicle with the Solterra. In the past, there was only one semi-electric vehicle: the plug-in hybrid Crosstrek. There will only be 6500 Solterras produced for the 2023 model year, according to Subaru.
Pricing for the 2023 Solterra hasn’t been announced yet, but we expect it to closely match that of the Toyota bZ4X, which we think will begin around the mid-30,000s or low-40,000s. In order to recommend the best Subie model, we need to know how much it will cost and what the trim levels and available features will be.
Handling, Power, EV Motor, and Performance
An all-wheel-drive system powered by two electric motors generates a combined 215 horsepower and 249 pound-feet of torque. Drive modes, which include Eco, Normal, Power, and X-mode, which modulates power independently in slippery conditions or on uneven terrain, are available. With 8.3 inches of ground clearance and low-speed cruise control, the Solterra is ideal for those who wish to take it off-road. It is possible to adjust the regenerative-braking force using the paddles on the steering wheel. Despite its ability to fully deactivate stability control and the fact that it can distribute 60 percent of torque to the rear axle, the version we drove on some Arizona ORV trails was plenty capable of spinning a doughnut on a non-paved surface.
With its responsive handling and smooth ride, the Subaru soaks up road bumps well. The vehicle feels comfortable and quiet even when off the road. There are four levels of regenerative braking in the Solterra. According to reviewers, new EV drivers will find the brakes easy to use, while experienced EV drivers will find them underwhelming.
Battery Life, Range and Charging
In terms of battery capacity, Subaru says the Solterra’s battery pack has a 72.8-kilowatt capacity. There are 228 miles of range on models with 18-inch wheels, while 222 miles on models with 20s. According to Subaru, the Solterra’s 6.6-kWh onboard charger can recharge the battery in nine hours when it is connected to a Level 2 charging station. It takes about 56 minutes to charge it to 80 percent using a 100-kW DC fast-charger.
In terms of driving distance, the Subaru Solterra is estimated to be about 220 miles long. Although most EVs do not come with AWD standard, this is a low rate for an electric vehicle. With a 240-volt household power outlet or a Level 2 public charger, you can charge the Solterra in about nine hours. The battery can be charged up to 80% at a Level 3 DC Fast Charging station in less than an hour at a Level 3 station.
Real-World MPGe and Fuel-Economy
It is expected that the 2023 Solterra will earn up to 94 MPGe combined. As part of our extensive testing regimen, we are planning to test one on the 75-mph fuel-economy route to quantify its real-world MPGe. Visit the EPA’s website to learn more about the Solterra’s fuel economy.
On the highway, this Subaru is expected to get 114 MPG-equivalent and in the city, it is expected to get 94 MPGe. Although these estimates aren’t bad, many rivals are better.
Interior, Cargo and Comfort
Interior features include a high-mount digital gauge cluster, a big touchscreen for the infotainment system, and a rotary shifter on the center console. There is an airy feel in the cabin due to the steep windshield, large side windows, and panoramic sunroof. Additionally, the combination of appealing textures contributes to the appeal of the piece. With the rear seats folded flat, the Solterra offers up to 30 cubic feet of cargo space, along with multiple storage spots, including the large bin under the center console.
There are five USB ports, a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, an 8-inch touchscreen and wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and wireless Bluetooth. It has a 12.3-inch touchscreen, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, a Harman Kardon stereo, a digital key, and a panoramic moonroof, among other features.
There is a split among reviewers regarding the touch screen’s functionality. Others note that commands are hidden among multiple menus, while others report it to be easy to use. The climate and audio settings can be adjusted via buttons and knobs in addition to the touch screen.
Despite not having a front trunk, the Solterra has decent cargo space for an electric SUV. It has 30 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, and these seats can be folded down for even more space. As well as its low load height, the Solterra is easy to load with bulkier items.