2023 Subaru Solterra to Start at $54,295, Get Full EV Rebates

Unveiled about a year ago, the 2023 Subaru Solterra will be delivered to its first customers in Canada real soon, and yet it’s only now that we get pricing details for the brand’s first-ever electric SUV.

Remember, the Solterra only comes in AWD configuration whereas the Toyota bZ4X offers more affordable FWD variants. When comparing apples to apples, these two vehicles basically cost the same. The AWD-equipped bZ4X XLE was announced with a base MSRP of $54,990, while the Solterra starts at $54,295. Destination and delivery is $2,308.

Subaru Canada’s decision makes perfect sense as it makes the Solterra eligible to a $5,000 EV rebate from the federal government (the maximum base MSRP is now set at $55,000), plus provincial rebates of up to $7,000 in Quebec and $4,000 in B.C.

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What do you get for that kind of money? Beyond standard AWD with dual-function X-MODE, look for 18-inch wheels as well as LED headlights and taillights. Inside, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and cloth seats are joined by a 7-inch instrument display and 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Also standard is a long list of advanced driver assistance technologies from the EyeSight bundle, including a Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Emergency Driving Stop System, Road Sign Assist, Parking Support Brake, Lane Tracing Assist and Safe Exit Assist.

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For an extra of $4,100, the Luxury package adds a 360-degree surround view system, two-tone 20-inch wheels with machine finish, LED fog lamps and puddle lamps, low-profile roof rails, rain-sensing wipers and a split-design roofline spoiler. The interior gains StarTex upholstery (a polyurethane-like material made from 25 percent recycled plastic), a power-adjustable 10-way driver’s seat with memory and heated rear outboard seats, among other thing.

Technophiles will enjoy the 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, 11-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system and wireless phone charger, not to mention Advanced Park assist.

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At the top of the ladder is the Technology Package, priced $7,800 above the base model. It includes all of the above plus a gloss black hood accent, fixed panoramic glass roof, ventilated front seats, ambient lighting, smart rearview mirror with HomeLink and cargo cover.

All Solterras offer various connected services and features thanks to Subaru’s partnership with Toyota, including Safety Connect, Remote Connect, Service Connect and Drive Connect. The last one comes with cloud-based navigation, remote destination and an intelligent, voice-based assistant. Once the free trial periods are over, a paid subscription is required to continue using the services.

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As for the Solterra’s dual-motor powertrain, it delivers 214 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, drawing energy from a 72.8kWh lithium-ion battery. Those are not impressive figures by electric SUV standards, just like the NRCan-estimated range of 360 km.

By the way, the battery can be charged from 10-80 percent in 50 minutes when plugged into a 100kW DC fast charger. Toyota and Subaru have both said that fast charging might not be possible when battery temperature drops below -20 degrees Celsius, which could be a real issue for some drivers. Hopefully we’ll get the opportunity to test the Solterra later this winter and tell you all about it.

LISTEN: LP gives his first driving impressions of the 2023 Subaru Solterra on The Car Guide Podcast

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