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The New Subaru Solterra Is Hot Now But It’s Not The Perfect EV

The all-new 2023 Subaru Solterra EV just finished four months of 2023. So how is the new Subaru electric compact SUV doing? First, check out the Solterra performance review.

How is the 2023 Subaru Solterra doing in its first four months of 2023? The first Solterra sales were in November 2022, and its first full month was in December. Subaru of America (SOA) reported that the all-new 2023 Subaru Solterra EV had 603 compact SUV sales in April, so now there are four months of 2023 sales to look at sales performance.

With the April sales in the books, the all-electric Solterra compact SUV has 1,962 new models delivered to U.S. customers for the year's first four months. In addition, Subaru has sold 2,881 Solterra EVs to customers since the new models arrived in November 2022. Subaru of America will sell about 5,700-6,000 Solterra EVs to U.S. customers if we project sales out through the end of the year.

2023 Subaru Solterra
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The all-new 2023 Subaru Solterra EV first quarter sales performance review reveals Subaru of America is selling and delivering the new EV to customers as fast as they can get them from Japan. But unfortunately, Subaru does not manufacture the Solterra itself, and it must rely on Toyota to make the Solterra at its plant in Japan.

Subaru designed the Solterra for its active customers.

The all-wheel-drive Subaru Solterra is a success because it's designed for Subaru's customers looking to have some fun in the snow and for off-pavement excursions with their electric SUV.

2023 Subaru Solterra

Customers looking for a battery electric vehicle will get a Solterra with all-wheel-drive all-weather performance, fun-to-drive, unique vehicle balance in severe conditions, and top safety scores. Subaru infused the 2023 Solterra EV with its core values, not those of other automakers.

What is the price of the 2023 Solterra?

The 2023 Solterra is offered in three trim levels, Premium, Limited, and Touring. Pricing for the Solterra Premium trim level starts at $46,220. The Limited trim carries a starting manufacturer's suggested retail price of $49,720. The top-of-the-line Touring trim is priced at $53,220. Prices include destination and delivery fees ($1,225). Subaru says US retailers set the actual price and may charge more.

Subaru Solterra range

How many miles can a Subaru Solterra go on a charge? The Solterra's StarDrive electric powertrain gives you an estimated range of over 220 miles (about 222-228-mile range) with standard Symmetrical all-wheel drive. Unfortunately, the U.S.-spec Solterra does not come with a front-wheel-drive configuration which would give it more range.

Here are the least expensive new all-wheel-drive electric EVs and their range.

2023 Volvo C40 Recharge - $55,300 | Standard Range: 226 miles
2023 Tesla Model Y - $54,990 | Standard Range: 330 miles
2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB - $54,500 | Standard Range: 243 miles
2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge - $53,550 | Standard Range: 223 miles
2023 Kia EV6 - $48,700 | Standard Range: 310 miles
2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E - $45,995 | Standard Range: 247 miles
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 - $45,500 | Standard Range: 303 miles
2023 Toyota bZ4x - $45,415 | Standard Range: 222 miles
2023 Subaru Solterra - $44,995 | Standard Range: 222 miles

The all-new 2023 Subaru Solterra EV's first four months of sales performance reveals that Subaru of America is selling the new EV to customers as quickly as they can get them from Toyota Motors Japan.

Subaru's first-ever electric vehicle was a good start for the Japanese automaker, but it's not the perfect all-electric SUV. The Solterra needs more range. New Subaru EVs are coming in the next five years and will likely have an extended range. Check the report in the link below for more details.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report, where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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