The 2023 Subaru Solterra is the most technologically advanced Subaru at the moment. It comes on Subaru’s first-ever all-electric architecture known as the e-Subaru Global Platform. The name Solterra is the combination of the Latin words for “sun” and “earth,” is the first AWD electric vehicle to feature the legendary standard capability of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.
The Solterra is designed for outstanding traction and capability on all kinds of road and trail surfaces as it comes with 8.3 inches of ground clearance and short overhangs for easy maneuverability over rough terrain. There is an amazing 12.3-inch touchscreen, state-of-the-art active safety, and the trusted reliability of a Subaru in a zero-emissions and all-electric SUV.
Solterra features advanced aerodynamics, the twin liftgate spoilers manage airflow in concert with the full underbody tray for quiet, efficient, and safe driving regardless of weather and road conditions.
The Different Trim Levels
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The 2023 Subaru Solterra is offered in three trims: Premium, Limited, and Touring. All models feature a powertrain consisting of a high-capacity 72.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and two electric motors. Boasting of an output of 218 horsepower and 249 pound-feet of torque with a single-gear automatic like similar EVs.
The power is on the low-end of the EV scale, especially compared to AWD versions of competitors like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 (320 hp, 446 lb-ft), Ford Mustang Mach-E (266 hp, 428 lb-ft), and Volkswagen ID.4 (295 hp, 339 lb-ft). With that in mind, the Solterra didn’t feel underpowered. Its zero-to-60 mph time is clocked at 6.5 seconds.
Solterra comes with three drive modes (Eco, Normal, and Power). Traditionally, drive modes make adjustments to steering feel, gearing, torque bands, etc., based on the road conditions or driver preference. In the Solterra, drive modes merely change accelerator response.
Battery Range and Charging
The EPA estimates show that Solterra Premium is rated at 228 miles of range on a full charge with Limited and Touring models expected to see 222 miles. Connecting the Solterra to a DC fast charger, you can achieve an 80-percent battery capacity in 56 minutes. On a Level 2 charger, you’re looking at about 9 hours of charging time for full battery life. As of yet, Subaru does not have a free charging program but is working on a partnership with EVgo.
The Solterra Premium model is outfitted with fabric upholstery while Limited and Touring get upgraded with StarTex water-repellent leather-like seating surfaces. The cabin is comfortable, features high-quality materials, and is laid out well for five occupants. Total interior volume is listed as 126 cubic feet with passenger volume measuring in at 95.7 cu ft.
With the rear seat up, the cargo area offers 27.7 cu ft of storage capacity or up to 30.3 cu ft with the second row folded flat. Note that the Subaru Solterra is not equipped with a frunk. Instead, what’s under the hood is the front electric motor. Subaru said several factors were considered, most of which revolved around safety.
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Solterra’s infotainment is powered by Toyota. Premium models feature an 8.0-inch multimedia touchscreen with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Connectivity is easy and intuitive. Move up to the Solterra Limited and the system is upgraded to a 12.3-inch display. Cloud-based navigation is available for both Premium and Limited. Voice commands are simple to activate just by asking, “Hey, Subaru?” For navigation, in some cases, you don’t even need a full address, just the name of the location.
On the safety aspect of the car, comes standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, which monitors traffic movement, optimizes cruise control, and warns you when you’re swaying outside your lane. The automatic Pre-Collision Braking feature can apply full braking force and bring you to a complete stop in emergencies. Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control can take some of the stress out of driving by helping with steering, braking, and throttle control both in daily traffic and on long road trips
What is the Cost?
2023 Subaru Solterra – There is no official price tag for the Solterra at the moment. However, the automaker says the MSRP will be within its competitors’ wheelhouse. Not including destination, entry AWD versions of the Ioniq 5, Mustang Mach-E, and ID.4 are $47,150, $46,595, and $44,440, respectively. If the Subaru Solterra starts in the low-mid $40,000 range, it might just get a second look from first-time EV buyers.
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