What kind of vehicle is the 2024 Subaru Solterra? What does it compare to?
The Subaru Solterra is an electric crossover SUV, designed and manufactured in a partnership with Toyota. It’s related to the Toyota BZ4X and faces competitors such as the Tesla Model Y, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen ID.4, Kia EV6, and Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Is the 2024 Subaru Solterra a good SUV?
It’s decent, with a range that falls short of rivals andstyling that’s nearly all Toyota, but off-road capability and standard all-wheel drive that stays true to the Subaru brand. The Solterra earns a 7.8 out of 10 TCC Rating thanks to its good driving manners on- and off-road, good standard features, and great crash-test scores, which help offset the snug cabin, mediocre range, and awkward instrument cluster. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
What’s new for the 2024 Subaru Solterra?
We expect the Subaru Solterra to carry into its second year unchanged. This EV is a necessary step for the brand to keep pace with the industry’s push toward electrification, but it’s not groundbreaking or even particularly exciting. The Solterra shares a platform, body design, and cabin materials with the Toyota BZ4X, with more similarities in terms of look and feel than the brands’ other related vehicles, the Subaru BRZ and the Toyota 86.
Similar in size to the Forester and with familiar black cladding, the Solterra’s design is otherwise more aerodynamic than the rest of its stablemates, with a steep rear windshield and twin spoilers. The cabin is all Toyota, from the recessed instrument cluster to the wide console to the infotainment system.
A 72.8-kwh battery pack feeds a dual-motor all-wheel-drive configuration, enabling a sub-seven-second 0-60-mph run. Base models are EPA-rated for 228 miles of range, and it’ll take about nine hours to replenish to full with a Level 2 charger. The ride is nearly silent, and the independent suspension system provides smooth travels but tends to lean through curves. The Solterra boasts good off-road capability with its three terrain settings and 8.3 inches of ground clearance, but is not capable of towing.
The Solterra’s roof can bear a 700-pound load when parked, and roof rails are optional. Though the raked rear window cuts into the cargo area, it can still hold 30 cubic feet of gear and offers a two-tiered floor for versatility. Rear passengers get more legroom than the driver and front passenger, thanks to the wide center console.
The Solterra aces crash tests, with a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS. Subaru supplies automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, and active lane control among the list of standard tech.
How much does the 2024 Subaru Solterra cost?
The 2024 Subaru Solterra starts at around $45,000 for the base Premium trim. That gets heated front seats, a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Limited starts at around $49,000 and upgrades to a 12.3-inch touchscreen and heated rear seats. For about $52,000, the Touring gets a panoramic roof and cooled front seats.
Where is the 2024 Subaru Solterra made?
It’s built in Japan, at Toyota’s Motomachi production facility.