How safe is the 2023 Subaru Solterra EV? Safety is a core value for the Subaru brand, and Solterra earned its first top award. The Solterra earned the highest 5 Star JNCAP safety rating for a battery-electric vehicle. What does it mean for consumers?
The Solterra uses the newly adopted e-Subaru Global Platform (e-SGP), jointly developed with Toyota as a platform exclusively for battery electric vehicles (BEV), for its collision safety performance.
Subaru says the e-SGP is a multi-load pass structure that disperses and absorbs the impact of a collision throughout the body, ensuring the safety of the occupants and, at the same time, enhancing the protection performance for various parts with high voltage, such as the battery.
In addition, the extensive use of high-strength, ultra-high-tensile steel sheets has achieved both high collision safety performance and light vehicle weight, which leads to improved driving dynamics.
In Japan, all Solterra trim levels come equipped with Subaru Safety Sense, an active safety system that includes collision avoidance support functions such as brake control.
The new U.S. spec Solterra comes equipped with Subaru's next-generation EyeSight safety technology. The driver-assist system uses stereo cameras with nearly doubled expanded view coverage for collision prevention.
Subaru says EyeSight has reduced the rear-end collision rate by 84 percent and the pedestrian accident rate by 49 percent. The rear-end collision rate for vehicles equipped with EyeSight is 0.06 percent.
All 2023 Solterra trim levels feature standard EyeSight driver assist technologies, which monitor traffic movement, optimize cruise control, and warn you when you're swaying outside your lane. The Pre-Collision System3 can apply full braking force and bring you to a complete stop in emergencies.
Solterra's Dynamic Radar Cruise Control3 and Lane Tracing Assist3 "can take some of the stress out of driving by helping with steering, braking, and throttle control in daily traffic and on long road trips," says Subaru.
Subaru says, "We will continue to evolve safety performance, which is an important element that supports the "enjoyment and peace of mind" that Subaru proposes, aiming for zero fatal traffic accidents by 2030.
The 2023 Subaru Solterra is now the safest vehicle in the battery-electric category and a good choice for families concerned with safety. The latest JNCAP testing gives the Solterra EV the highest five-star score in its class.
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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