2023 Subaru Solterra: Price, Features and Features
Subaru joins the list of automakers with EV models with a flagship called the Solterra. The Solterra is an all-electric luxury SUV.
That Subaru Solterra is the company’s flagship electric vehicle and has multiple features. Production of the Solterra follows numerous EV releases from multiple automakers in efforts to dominate the market as it continues to rise. The EV market is highly competitive and many automakers are striving to outperform one another. In a market full of electric models like the Volkswagen ID.4, Kia Niro EV or Ford Mach-E, the Solterra confirms Subaru’s efforts to remain relevant in the market.
The Solterra is an electric crossover built in partnership with popular automaker Toyota, and it’s not surprising that the Solterra shares several similar body styles and interior designs with the BZ4X, Toyota’s pioneering EV. Subaru claims that the Solterra is its most technologically advanced model, with the vehicle said to have strong off-road capabilities. The design of Solterra’s flagship product is based on the company’s e-Subaru Global Platform, an all-electric system. The nameplate is a combination of the Latin words for “Sun” and “Earth.“While the Solterra is the automaker’s first attempt at making an electric vehicle, more electric models are expected from Subaru as enthusiasm for electric vehicles grows.
Subaru offers the Solterra in three trim levels and three different price ranges. The base Premium trim is $51,995, while the next Limited trim starts at $48,495. Solterra Touring is the elite trim level and this model starts at $51,995. Compared to the Hyundai Ioniq 5’s prices, the Solterra should appeal to those looking for a non-luxury electric SUV. All Solterra fairings are eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit. Additionally, Subaru claims that Solterra owners in California could be eligible for single-driver carpool lane access, among other government incentives. Potential buyers should note that the starting prices for the three skins do not include additional fees such as taxes and destination/delivery fees.
Features of the Subaru Solterra
The basic configuration of Subaru Solterra, Premium, has Subaru symmetrical all-wheel drive, 8.3 inches of ground clearance, automatic climate control, stylish LED headlights, black mirror housings and 18-inch alloy wheels with 235/60 R18 tires. Premium trim also features a 7-inch LCD, heated front seats, and wiper deicer. Other standard entry-level Subaru features include a high-resolution 8-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration with wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and SiriusXM radio with a four-month free audio trial. The next trim level, Limited, offers all the features of the base trim level and then some. For example, the wheels get bigger with 20-inch alloy wheels. Limited trim also includes fog lights, roof rails, twin tailgate spoilers, a 12-inch multimedia system, 360-degree surround view camera, Harman Kardon premium audio speakers and more. When purchasing Touring trim, the rider gets features found in the other trims and add-ons, like a panoramic glass roof with retractable sun visor, ventilated front seats, and an auto-dimming rear view mirror with display.
Despite these exciting exterior and interior specs, the Solterra falls behind in the performance department. With two electric motors capable of producing 215 hp and 249 lb-ft, the Solterra pales in comparison to other models in the electric SUV category. For example, the Solterra record from zero to 60 miles per hour is 6.5 seconds. additionally Subaru Solterra is equipped with EyeSight driver assistance technology that can scan traffic movements, maximize cruise control and warn the driver if they deviate from their lane. This technology is standard on all fairings.
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