The 2023 Subaru Solterra Is Perfect For Off-Road Camping – Provided You’re Not Traveling Far

The 2023 Subaru Solterra is an electric SUV that’s rugged enough for off-road camping. Yet its disappointing range makes it not a great choice for a far drive, so if that camping trip is set to take place at some distant mountains, you might not make it there and back. Here’s what the 2023 Subaru Solterra range is, and why it’s so disappointing.

The Subaru Solterra is a new EV that is ready to do some light off-road duty.
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What is the range of a 2023 Subaru Solterra?

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The 2023 Subaru Solterra EPA-estimated range is up to 228 miles, according to Car and Driver. That’s only if you buy the Premium trim though. If you opt for the Limited or Touring models, you’ll only get up to 222 miles of range on a full charge. The 2023 Solterra has a 72.8-kWh battery fueling these trips. That’s not a whole lot, especially considering how long it takes for the Solterra to charge.

The ompetitive with other similarly-sized electric SUVs. The most obvious competitor to the Subaru Solterra is the 2022 Toyota bZ4x, though its range is up to 250 miles. Other potential competitors of the 2023 Subaru Solterra include the Chevy Bolt EUV (which can go 247 miles on a single charge), the Ford Mustang Mach-E (at 305 miles per charge), and the Volkswagen ID.4 (249 miles).

How long does it take to charge a Subaru Solterra?

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The 2023 Subaru Solterra takes 9 hours to fully charge using an onboard 6.6-kW charger using a Level 2 charger. If you use a 100-kW DC fast charger, you can get to 80% in 56 minutes. Still, it’s not exactly an idea setup for road trips, and if you’ll want to take your Solterra on the road, you might want to plan some significant stops along the way.

Car and Driver says that Subaru likely intends for Solterra owners to charge their SUVs at night, at home. In addition, the Solterra wasn’t designed to have a ton of cargo space, another reason why this may not be the best vehicle for you if you’re a frequent road-tripper. In addition, while it has the ability to carry some equipment, it’s not exactly made for towing.

How much does the Solterra cost?

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Right now there’s reason to believe that the 2023 Subaru Solterra will cost somewhere around $35,000 brand new. That’s according to Edmunds, who says there’s little else known about the 2023 Subaru Solterra, which was only just announced in mid-2021. It is eligible for a $7,500 tax credit, which will certainly make it more attractive to those looking for a small electric SUV.

If you’re looking for a smaller electric SUV that’s able to handle the trails – as long as they’re close to home – the 2023 Subaru Solterra might be a good fit for you. It’s Subaru’s first foray int oelectric vehicles, but with Subaru’s excellent reputation, it’s likely to be popular. And although its range is rather meager, if you don’t have a need to travel long distances frequently, you just might be willing to take a chance on the Solterra.

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