The 2023 Subaru Solterra Has 1 Huge Advantage Over the Toyota bZ4X
The 2023 Subaru Solterra is a highly anticipated electric SUV with many competitors, including the Toyota bZ4X. However, despite similar underpinnings, the Solterra has an advantage over the bZ4X, and it’s a significant one.
Comparing the specs and features of the Subaru Solterra and Toyota bZ4X
Starting with the Subaru Solterra, it has a starting price of $44,995 for the base trim, according to Subaru. The Solterra has three trims, and its EPA city/highway MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) is 114/94, with a combined MPGe of 104. It has an EPA electric range of 228 miles and a battery capacity of 72.8 kWh. The Solterra provides 215 horsepower and 249 lb-ft of torque. With all seats in place, the cargo capacity is 29.0 cubic feet.
Toyota states that the bZ4X has a starting price of $42,000. It has two trims, and its EPA city/highway MPGe is 131/107, with a combined MPGe of 119. The bZ4X has an EPA electric range of 252 miles and a battery capacity of 71.4 kWh. It produces up to 201 horsepower and 196 lb-ft of torque. According to Edmunds, the bZ4X also comes with standard features like a four-wheel independent suspension and rear cross-traffic alert, and it has a maximum cargo capacity of 56.1 cubic feet.
Regarding interior options, both models offer standard features such as climate control, audio systems, and advanced safety features like lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. Both also offer ample cargo space with folding rear seats. Overall, the Solterra and bZ4X are two very similar electric SUVs with minor differences in range and efficiency.
The Soltera has a major advantage over the bZ4X
One key advantage of the Subaru Solterra over the Toyota bZ4X is its standard all-wheel drive (AWD) system, a Subaru lineup staple. AWD provides better traction and stability on slippery or uneven road surfaces, making it ideal for drivers who frequently encounter challenging driving conditions. With AWD standard on every trim level, the Solterra gives drivers the peace of mind that comes with enhanced stability and handling.
The Solterra also benefits from Subaru’s X-Mode, which optimizes the AWD system’s capabilities for off-road driving. This unique feature sets the Solterra apart from many other compact SUVs on the market, and it could be a deciding factor for drivers who enjoy off-road adventures.
Furthermore, the Solterra’s AWD system contributes to its slightly higher power output compared to the bZ4X. This can translate to better performance, particularly in acceleration and handling. However, this does mean the Solterra is less efficient than the standard bZ4X.
Another pair of Subaru and Toyota models that are almost identical
Aside from a few key differences and exterior styling, the Subaru Solterra and Toyota bZ4X are remarkably similar models. This is because both models were developed together. They are a joint development project between Subaru and Toyota, according to Torque News. However, this isn’t the only case where Subaru and Toyota have almost identical models. Another example is that of the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR86 sports cars.
Aside from sharing the same platform and powertrain, the Toyota GR86 and Subaru BRZ have almost identical interior layouts and features. Both cars have a driver-focused cockpit with sports seats, a small-diameter steering wheel, aluminum pedals, and a digital instrument cluster with a central tachometer. They also have a minimalist design with few distractions and a focus on driving engagement.
Both vehicles have the same 2.4-liter flat-four engine that produces 228 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, significantly improving over the previous generation’s 2.0-liter unit. The two cars also offer a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
Another similarity between the two cars is their handling and driving dynamics. Both vehicles have rear-wheel-drive layouts with a low center of gravity, which results in agile and responsive handling. The BRZ and GR86 also have a balanced chassis with a near-50/50 weight distribution, making it easy to drive at the limit.
Lastly, the Toyota GR86 and Subaru BRZ also have similar electronic aids, such as a limited-slip differential, stability control, and a track mode that adjusts the throttle response, steering weight, and traction control settings. Ultimately, the choice between them comes down to personal preference and taste.