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Some vehicles produced by sibling brands tend to look, drive, and feel the same. For example, Chevy’s Tahoe and GMC’s Yukon are nearly identical. Another pair of potential SUV twins is the Subaru Solterra and the Toyota bZ4X. It makes sense, after all, since the two automakers collaborate on a variety of models. 

Looking at these two popular SUVs, you’ll be hard-pressed to spot the differences. However, there are three distinctions worth noting. Let’s see what three characteristics differentiate the 2023 Subaru Solterra and the 2023 Toyota bZ4X. Then, you can decide if they’re determining factors for making your electric SUV-buying selection.

How the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra are essentially the same vehicle

You’ll immediately recognize the similarities when you first focus on the 2023 Subaru Solterra and the 2023 Toyota bZ4X. In a side-by-side comparison of the two, U.S. News puts those similarities in writing. Both vehicles are automatic and electric. Their dimensions are practically identical, too, with both measuring 65 inches in overall height, 184.6 inches in length, and 112.2 inches in wheelbase.

On the outside, you’ll spot similarities like standard rear spoilers and aluminum wheels for both SUVs. The two also have privacy glass as standard. Both also come equipped with all-season performance tires, ready for off-pavement adventures. 

A lot of the standard equipment for the Solterra and the bZ4X is the same. Both SUVs come with standard hands-free communication, second-row bench seats, Apple and Android connectivity, satellite radio, backup cameras, adaptive cruise, heated mirrors, and keyless entry, among other amenities. 

3 slight differences you might not otherwise notice

Three key notable differences exist between the Subaru Solterra and the Toyota bZ4X. For starters, the U.S. News official ratings are slightly unique, with the Solterra earning a 6.9 and the bZ4X earning a 6.7 out of 10. This lands the Solterra at No. 9 and the bZ4X at No. 10 among electric SUVs. 

The second distinction is the starting price. The entry-level MSRP for the Solterra is $44,995, while the bZ4X starts at a cheaper $42,000. 

And finally, the other core difference you might not immediately recognize is in the official cargo capacity measurements. The Subaru Soltera’s cargo volume measures 29 cubic feet. The Toyota bZ4X is slightly smaller, measuring 27.7 cubic feet. The question is, will these differences be deal-breakers for you with your purchase?

Digging in further, you’ll recognize a few other distinctions besides the core three mentioned above. The Subaru EV comes standard in all-wheel drive, while the Toyota EV only offers AWD as an option. The bz4X comes standard with rain-sensing wipers, whereas the Solterra does not. Lastly, the horsepower for the Toyota bz4X is 201, while the Subaru Solterra’s electric motor offers slightly more at 215 hp.

The only deciding factor might be a test drive of the EVs

The slight differences between the 2023 Subaru Solterra and the 2023 Toyota bZ4X are so minor you might not find them to be deciding factors in your SUV purchasing decision. Both earn praise for various perks, like the Solterra’s comfortable seats and modern interior, along with the bZ4X’s solid off-road chops and quiet ride. 

Ultimately, the only real determining factors boil down to your experiences in test drives. The differences in the fine-point data are so minute you might not otherwise recognize them. Likely, your decision will come down to personal preferences and experiences in each electric SUV.

If you’re eyeing the Subaru Solterra and Toyota bZ4X, keep these minor distinctions in mind. Then, test drive both and see how you like the looks, feels, and driving dynamics for yourself. It’s the best way to decide between two great and ridiculously similar contenders.

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