The upcoming 2023 Subaru Solterra is an electric compact crossover, and the Japanese automaker’s first EV. Fittingly, it will feature standard all-wheel drive, a Subaru staple. Subaru teamed up with Toyota to co-develop the platform for this EV SUV, which is also planned to underpin other future models. The Solterra will be visually and mechanically similar to the forthcoming Toyota bZ4X, but it’ll have a more phonetically pleasing name and probably some subtle Subaru styling motifs. While the bZ4X and the 2023 Solterra currently don’t face much competition in the non-luxury, compact-ute segment, the landscape could drastically change by the time they hit showrooms next year.
What’s New for 2023?
The Solterra crossover will be Subaru’s first electric vehicle when it goes on sale in 2022 as a 2023 model.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Subaru hasn’t announced pricing for the 2023 Solterra, but we expect it to closely align with the Toyota bZ4X, which we think will start in the high $30,000s. Once we know how much the Subie will cost and learn more about its different trim levels and available features we can provide a recommendation on which one to buy.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Aside from the fact that the Solterra will be powered exclusively by electricity and have all-wheel drive, we don’t know much about its powertrain or performance. Subaru’s partnership with Toyota on the project will likely result in each company developing the areas where they have the most institutional knowledge: Subaru is best known for its standard all-wheel-drive systems and Toyota has gained extensive experience with electrification since the advent of the Prius.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Subaru hasn’t released much information about the Solterra’s interior but we can see from the photo below a free-standing digital gauge display, a large infotainment system, and a high center console with what looks like a rotary shift knob.
As more information becomes available, we’ll update this story with more details about:
- Range, Charging, and Battery Life
- Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
- Infotainment and Connectivity
- Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
- Warranty and Maintenance Coverage