2023 Subaru Solterra Prices, Reviews, & Pictures

Is the 2023 Subaru Solterra a Good SUV?

The 2023 Subaru Solterra is an OK SUV with a powertrain that won’t blow your socks off but gets the job done. It has a driving range of a little more than 220 miles, which isn’t bad, but many competitors can go farther. Similarly, the interior is fine but nothing special. The seats are comfortable, it’s fairly roomy for a two-row SUV, and cargo space is about average for the segment.

If you’re interested in taking your vehicle off the beaten path, however, the Solterra is one of the best choices in the electric SUV class. Along with standard all-wheel drive, it features 8.3 inches of ground clearance, several drive modes, grip control, hill ascent and descent assist.

Should I Buy the 2023 Subaru Solterra?

If you’re looking for a small electric SUV that you can take off road, then the Solterra is definitely worth a look. If you don’t plan on going bushwhacking, however, there are better options. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 offers a spacious interior, a beefy engine and a longer driving range than the Solterra’s, while the Ford Mustang Mach-E boasts spry acceleration, a poised ride and a posh interior.

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2022 vs. 2023 Subaru Solterra: What’s the Difference?

The 2023 Subaru Solterra is a brand-new vehicle so there are no previous models to compare it with.

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How Much Does the 2023 Subaru Solterra Cost?

The 2023 Subaru Solterra has a starting MSRP of $44,995, which is a little high for the class. The midrange limited trim starts at $48,495, while the top-of-the-line Touring trim starts at $51,995.

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2023 Subaru Solterra Versus the Competition

Subaru Solterra vs. Hyundai Ioniq 5

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is one of our highest-ranked electric SUVs. It boasts two potent powertrain options, up to 300 miles of driving range, spacious seats and easy-to-use tech features. The Ioniq 5 isn’t suited for going off road, so the Subaru has it beat there, but otherwise, the Hyundai is the superior EV.

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Subaru Solterra vs. Kia EV6

The Kia EV6 is another great choice in the electric SUV class. The EV6 is similar in price to the Solterra and offers a lengthy driving range of 310 miles, lively handling, a posh interior and a slew of active safety features. This Kia is zippy and more fun to drive than the Solterra, and it charges faster. Unless off-roading is a priority, pick the EV6.

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Solterra Performance: Gets the Job Done

2023 Solterra Motor

The Solterra has two 80-kilowatt motors that put out a total of 215 horsepower and 249 pound-feet of torque. This powertrain doesn’t feel overly punchy, but it can smoothly get the Solterra from zero to 60 mph in a decent 6.5 seconds.

2023 Solterra MPGe

There are no official EPA estimates at the time of writing, but Subaru expects the Solterra to get up to 104 MPG-equivalent in combined city/highway driving.

For more information, check out What Is MPGe?

What Is the Driving Range of the 2023 Solterra?

The Subaru Solterra has an estimated driving range of 222 miles for the Limited and Touring trims and 228 miles for the Premium trim. Several rivals offer longer ranges.

How Do You Charge the 2023 Solterra?

You can charge the Solterra via a 120- or 240-volt household power outlet or with a Level 3 fast charger.

Where Can I Charge the 2023 Solterra?

You can charge the Solterra at home or at public charging stations across the country. The Solterra comes with a home charger that works with a 120V outlet for Level 1 charging, but this method is tediously slow and not recommended. You can also install a Level 2 charger in your home for quicker charging. Additionally, there are a variety of DC Fast Charging stations across the nation for accelerated Level 3 charging.

How Long Does It Take to Charge the 2023 Solterra?

The charging times of the Solterra won’t blow you away. Using an at-home Level 1 charging port is very slow and will take more than a full day to charge the Solterra completely. A Level 2 charger will take about nine hours. Level 3 charging at a DC Fast Charging station can charge the battery up to 80% in just under an hour.

How Long Will the 2023 Solterra Battery Last?

Subaru doesn’t give an estimate on how long the battery will last, but the Solterra is covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile electric component warranty.

2023 Solterra Ride and Handling

This Subaru is a decent car for commuting around town, as it has a smooth, quiet ride and feels composed at lower speeds. At higher speeds or when cornering, however, the Solterra loses a bit of that composure.

The Solterra’s regenerative brakes are easy enough for new EV drivers to get the hang of, but reviewers think seasoned EV drivers will find them weak.

How Fast Is the 2023 Solterra?

The Solterra can go from zero to 60 mph in a reasonable 6.5 seconds. It won’t throw you against your seat back, but it won’t feel snail-like either.

Is the 2023 Solterra Available With All-Wheel Drive?

Like most Subarus, the Solterra comes standard with all-wheel drive.

2023 Solterra Off-Road Performance

This Subaru is plenty capable of heading off the pavement thanks to 8.3 inches of ground clearance, grip control, hill ascent, descent assist and X-Mode with Snow, Dirt and Deep Snow, and Mud drive modes.

2023 Solterra Towing Capacity

The Solterra’s towing capacity is not available at the time of writing.

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Solterra Interior: Simple

2023 Solterra Interior Quality

Like most things with the Solterra, the interior isn’t awe-inspiring, but it’s suitable. The design is clean, with piano black trim, fabric on the dashboard and soft plastic touch points.

2023 Solterra Infotainment, Bluetooth and Navigation

The Solterra’s touch-screen infotainment system receives mixed reviews. Some find it simple to use, while others say it’s complicated and has too many menus. It also has a few physical knobs for controlling the climate and audio settings.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth and five USB ports
  • Available infotainment features: a 12.3-inch touch screen, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation and a Harman Kardon stereo
  • Additional standard features: a 7-inch digital gauge cluster and automatic climate control
  • Other available features: a digital key and a panoramic moonroof

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

How Is the 2023 Solterra Software Updated?

The Solterra is capable of accepting over-the-air software updates from Subaru.

2023 Solterra Cargo Space

The Solterra has a competitive amount of cargo room for the class. It has 30 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, which fold down to create even more room. The Solterra also has a low load height, which makes it easier to load heavier items into the vehicle.

How Many People Does the 2023 Solterra Seat?

The Solterra seats five people. The seats are comfortable and well-bolstered. Legroom is abundant in both rows despite a high floor, but headroom feels a bit tight in the back because the roof slopes low.

2023 Solterra and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the Solterra’s rear outboard seats and a tether anchor for the rear middle seat.

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Solterra Reliability

Is the 2023 Subaru Solterra Reliable?

The 2023 Subaru Solterra does not have a predicted reliability score at the time of writing.

2023 Subaru Solterra Warranty

Subaru covers the Solterra with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty and an eight-year/100,000-mile electric component warranty.

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2023 Subaru Solterra Safety

2023 Solterra Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2023 Solterra.

2023 Solterra Safety Features

Standard driver-assistance features:

  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Emergency steering assist
  • Intersection collision avoidance
  • Lane exit warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Forward and reverse automatic emergency braking
  • Vehicle exit warning (alerts exiting passengers of vehicles approaching from behind)
  • Rear-seat reminder
  • Rearview camera

Available driver-assistance features:

  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Parking assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers

2023 Solterra Dimensions and Weight

The Solterra is 15.4 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,365 to 4,505 pounds.

Where Is the 2023 Subaru Solterra Built?

Subaru builds the 2023 Solterra in Japan.

Which 2023 Subaru Solterra Model Is Right for Me?

The 2023 Subaru Solterra comes in three trims: Premium, Limited and Touring. All feature the same powertrain and come standard with all-wheel drive. The Premium trim is a good place to start for most shoppers, as it comes with a generous number of comfort and convenience features.

Subaru Solterra Premium

The Solterra Premium has a starting MSRP of $44,995. It comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, HD Radio, Bluetooth, five USB ports, a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, heated front seats and exterior mirrors, automatic climate control and a windshield wiper de -icer. Standard safety features include emergency steering assist, intersection avoidance collision, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, a rear-seat reminder, blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera, pedestrian detection, forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, LED headlights and vehicle exit warning.

Subaru Solterra Connect is an optional add-on that includes remote start, enhanced roadside assistance, a vehicle health report, navigation and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Subaru Solterra Limited

The Limited trim starts at $48,495 and gains a 12.3-inch touch screen, wireless device charging, a digital key, navigation, a Harman Kardon stereo, a surround-view parking camera system, fog lights and a rearview mirror with HomeLink capabilities. Cosmetic additions include 20-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, dual liftgate spoilers, a power rear-gate, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel and synthetic leather-trimmed upholstery.

Subaru Solterra Touring

The top-of-the-line Touring trim starts at $51,995. It adds a panoramic moonroof, ventilated front seats, illuminated interior trim and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

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Why You Can Trust Our Reviews

US News & World Report has been ranking the best cars, trucks and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. This 2023 Solterra review incorporates 11 professional reviews, along with concrete data like performance specs and fuel economy estimates.

Check out excerpts from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • “There’s an inherent sense of adventure baked into every Subaru. Even the BRZ and WRX sports cars feel ready to be driven into the ground, and this long-lasting, go-anywhere, do-anything attitude has long been a hallmark of the Japanese brand. Happily, this ethos is very much alive and well in Subaru’s first EV, the 2023 Solterra.” — CNET
  • We’d consider [the Solterra] A homework assignment turned in late were it not for its off-road acumen, which makes it rather unique among mainstream EVs. Sure, you can ice your shrimp in the frunk of a Ford Mustang Mach-E, and you can power your fridge with a Kia EV6. But you wouldn’t want to take either of those crossovers too far off the beaten path. The Solterra, on the other hand, is like most Subarus: game for some trail work.”– Car and Driver
  • “Subaru and Toyota wanted to build an SUV that feels as normal or natural as possible, and the Solterra delivers on that effort. It’s not the most exciting electric SUV to drive, but it hits the basics while hopefully providing the reliability and off-road capability Toyota and Subaru are known for.” — Motor Trend