2023 Subaru Solterra Pricing and Range Announced (Updated)

November 23, 2021
Subaru Solterra 2023

One of the most anticipated electric arrivals this year is the 2023 Subaru Solterra EV. This all-wheel drive compact crossover strives to build upon Subaru’s commitment to sustainability. The Solterra is one-half of the partnership with Toyota that Subaru announced in 2018. The two titans came together with the aim of uniting Subaru’s all-terrain expertise with Toyota’s long-standing leadership in technology and powertrain engineering. 

The result was the new e-SUBARU electric platform that will power the automaker’s EVs well into this decade. Next year, the Subaru Solterra and Toyota bZ4X will both enter the North American market. The two models are similar in most respects, but the Solterra’s standard all-wheel drive stays true to Subaru.

The Solterra isn’t without faults. In fact, there are several. The newly-released EPA range figures will make road trips a hassle, and slow charging speeds are not going to help. Pricing? It’s a head-scratcher. Here’s what we know about the 2023 Subaru Solterra.

Solterra Pricing and Range Announced

In April, Subaru finally shared official pricing. Hopefully there aren’t any dealer markups, because Solterra MSRPs are already pretty high for the slow charging and mediocre range. But at least you get AWD with solid ground clearance?

Base MSRPDestinationMSRP + Destination
Subaru Solterra Premium$44,995+$1,225$46,220
Subaru Solterra Limited$48,495+$1,225$49,720
Subaru Solterra Touring$51,995+$1,225$53,220

Official EPA range for the Solterra is 228 miles in the Premium trim (with 18″ wheels), and 222 miles with the Limited and Touring trims. Considering the Solterra has a 72.8 kilowatt-hour battery, that’s not very good efficiency.

Angular Design Contrasts With Aerodynamic Counterparts

A length of 184.6”, width of 73.2” and height of 64.9” makes it similar in size to the Forester, but the exterior design language is hardly similar. 

The front fascia is not unlike a more angular version of the Mustang Mach-E, with a faux grill outline and aggressive LED headlights. Black plastic cladding above the front wheel wells won’t bother most buyers, but it might be too much plastic for some. The rear of the Solterra features c-shaped taillights that just might be Toyota-inspired. Overall, the Solterra is definitely a model you’ll want to see in person before deciding if it fits your style.

Electric All-Wheel Drive Opens Up New Possibilities for Subaru

Subaru Solterra 2023

The Solterra’s off-roading capabilities are bolstered by 8.3” of ground clearance and the new e-SUBARU symmetrical all-wheel drive system. Subaru says that the new AWD system channels smooth linear output from Subaru StarDrive Technology, which enhances traction in all kinds of weather and terrain. 

The front and rear electric motors produce a combined output of 215 horsepower, which is a tad more than the gas-powered Forester and Outback. StarDrive delivers on-demand torque (248 lb-feet) and multiple regenerative braking modes to replenish the battery without compromising ride comfort. 

All electric AWD systems have the added benefit of quicker reaction times versus combustion counterparts, as electricity simply moves faster with fewer parts. These days, fewer parts could be key to overcoming inventory shortages. If you hit a patch of black ice, the e-SUBARU AWD system will always respond quicker than the gas-powered equivalent. As with internal combustion models, Subaru continues to offer X-MODE to improve performance in low-friction conditions.

A Tech-Heavy Interior with Room to Grow

Subaru Solterra 2023

The Solterra’s interior design features may not appeal to those looking for a more minimalist atmosphere. The interior features a large 12.3” center display with a mix of haptic and physical controls, complimented by a smaller display that serves as the gauge cluster above a somewhat small steering wheel. 

This digital gauge cluster is placed quite far from the driver’s seating position, but we won’t know how noticeable that is until taking it for a drive. The Solterra might be a welcome sight to those distressed by the absence of physical controls in some newer models. But if you’re anti-piano black, you won’t be too happy with its abundant use throughout the cabin. Interior dimensions are on par with the Forester, with 126 cubic feet of total passenger + cargo volume, 96 cubic feet of passenger space and 30 cubic feet of cargo area. 

The 2023 Solterra Includes an Impressive Suite of Standard Safety Features

The Solterra comes standard with a long list of driver assist technologies:

  • Safety Exit Alert (New)
  • 360-Degree Surround-View Camera (New)
  • LED headlights with high beam assist
  • Automatic pre-collision braking
  • Automatic pre-collision throttle management
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Lane Change Assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Range and Charging Disappoint

Subaru Solterra 2023

The EPA rated the Solterra’s range at 222 miles for the slightly heavier Limited trim, and 228 miles for other trim options. For a 2023 model, that figure is below nearly all of the competition in the electric crossover segment, even among those with AWD. All trims come with a 71.4 kWh battery, which is quite big for such a mediocre range estimate.

Here’s how the Solterra’s all-wheel drive competitors compare:

The Subaru Solterra charges at up to 100 kW charging speeds at a DC fast charger. That’s even more disappointing than the EPA range figures! Some new EVs, such as the all-wheel drive Hyundai IONIQ 5, make up for mediocre range figures with impressive charging. Not so with the Solterra. Subaru claims that the Solterra can charge from 10% to 80% in 56 minutes.

Before you go off dismissing EVs as slow-charging appliances on wheels, take a look at how competitors fare:

  • Hyundai IONIQ 5: 10 to 80% charge (179 miles) in 18 minutes at 230 kW speeds
  • Kia EV6: 10 to 80% charge (192 miles) in 18 minutes at 230 kW speeds
  • Tesla Model Y: 10 to 80% charge (231 miles) in 22 minutes at 250 kW speeds
  • Volkswagen ID.4: 10 to 80% charge (174 miles) in 29 minutes at 135 kW speeds
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E: 10 to 80% charge (189 miles) in 38 to 45 minutes at 150 kW speeds

Is it game-over for the Subaru Solterra? Not exactly. Surveys show that between 80% and 90% of EV charging is done at home. However, Solterra drivers will have to factor in hours of charging time when heading out on a road trip.

YAA’s Take

Subaru has long been a symbol of reliability and all-weather/all-terrain driving, and it’s about time that they take a dive into the growing EV market. Subaru’s US sales grew 350% from 2009-2019, and the Solterra will likely attract newcomers to the brand. 

Although the range leaves much to be desired, the 2023 Subaru Solterra EV is a solid first entry into electrification, and we look forward to seeing what the Toyota-Subaru partnership comes up with next.

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