Subaru’s Solterra EV starts at $44,995

Subaru has announced the price of its first all-electric vehicle, the Solterra SUV. The vehicle, which comes standard with four-wheel drive like most Subarus, starts at $44,995, with the “Limited” and “Touring” versions starting at $48,495 and $51,995 respectively. All models have an additional destination and delivery fee of $1,225, which makes their cost slightly more out the door.

The Solterra will have a range of up to 228 miles, according to Subaru, and can charge 80 percent of its battery in less than an hour. While the Limited and Touring models add features such as roof rails, wireless charging and a glass roof, there is currently no option to add more range to the vehicle – something many other manufacturers offer.

As someone loyal to their Subaru Outback, that’s a little rough. The company touts the Solterra’s “go-anywhere option,” but my favorite backpacking spot is 168 miles from my home, with a single, two-level charger available everywhere along the two-hour route. I just couldn’t rely on this vehicle to get me back and forth.

The Toyota bZ4X, seen above, is very clearly related to the Solterra.
Image: Toyota
I think it might be the fog lights (a feature of the “Limited” model) that make me love the Solterra more, seen here.
Image: Subaru

The Solterra is based on the same platform as Toyota’s bZ4X, which starts at $42,000 for a front-wheel drive model. If you want the all-wheel drive bZ4X, you’ll have to pay an extra $2,000 – which is still $1,000 less than Subaru’s model.

Of course the Solterra and bZ4X are not precisely the same car. Yes, they have the same or nearly identical range (at least when comparing the AWD models), X-Mode off-road assistance and infotainment systems, but Subaru’s vehicle has an extra 0.2 inches of ground clearance. There are also at least a few stylistic differences between the two vehicles (after that they come in different colors), especially around the front; Personally, I prefer the Solterra’s headlights and grille, although I’m not sure why. And while I’m not saying I’d pay $1,000 to be able to say “I drive a Solterra” instead of “I drive a B4…no, bZX…wait”, it would at least be a consideration. to be.

There is a complication when comparing prices between the Solterra and bZ4X. Subaru says its EV qualifies for the $7,500 federal tax credit. While that’s currently available to buyers trying to get their hands on a Toyota, it probably won’t be long, thanks to the number of other electrified vehicles the company sells. Toyota executives have predicted that by October 2022, anyone looking to buy a bZ4X may only qualify for a $3,750 tax credit, and the incentive could be completely gone a year later.

Since Toyota estimates extremely limited availability for the bZ4X, it may be difficult to get it before those tax incentives are gone. If so, the higher starting price of the Solterra could be a little less of a factor.

There are not many chargers in some places where people like to take their Subarus with them.
Map: ChargeHub

Of course, realistically, people will also likely compare Subaru’s offerings to EVs like the $40,900 Kia EV6, $33,500 Chevy Bolt EUV, the $42,690 Tesla Model 3, and possibly even the Rivian. None of these are perfect comparisons — the Model 3 doesn’t get the tax incentive, and you’ll have to spend another $9,000 to get AWD (though that also boosts it to a comfortable 334-mile range), and the Kia and Chevy aren’t. so rough. But given how expensive the Subaru is, buyers can think long and hard about what they really want from an EV before buying.

It’s also worth noting that while many manufacturers technically have EVs, buying them at this point can be a bit tricky. The widespread shortages that make it difficult to find cars in stock also extend to electric options, and we’ve seen dealers apply blatant price increases. At this point, though, it’s hard to say whether the same will happen to the Solterra.

Subaru says the Solterra “will arrive in limited numbers at Subaru retailers starting this summer.”

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