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Electric vehicles were once seen as impractical. Today, every major automaker is releasing an eclectic vehicle of its own. Toyota, Subaru, and Nissan are all rolling out EVs. Which new Japanese electric SUV should you buy?

The Subaru Solterra is the off-road electric SUV

The Subaru Solterra is an electric SUV that Subaru developed with the help of Toyota. The Solterra and the Toyota bZ4X may share a platform, but they are two different vehicles. The Subaru Solterra’s 2021 LA Auto Show introduction focused on its off-road capability.

The Subaru Solterra features Subaru’s X-Mode terrain control system. X-Mode allows the Solterra to easily navigate tricky terrain like deep snow and mud. The Solterra also has a whopping 8.5 inches of ground clearance. Its ground clearance will allow it to overcome obstacles without getting damaged easily.

The Subaru Solterra is expected to be priced similarly to the Toyota bZ4X (around $40,000). The Solterra will be the best electric SUV for off-road adventures.

The Nissan Ariya comes with range and power at a price

The Nissan Ariya is Nissan’s first electric SUV. The Ariya will get 300 miles of range with its single motor trim. It will get 265 miles of range with its dual motor trim.

The Nissan Ariya will make a whopping 238 horses using its single motor trim. The dual motor trim makes 389 horsepower.

The Japanese electric SUV will get more horses and range than its rivals, however its performance comes at a high price. According to Road Show by CNET, the 2023 Nissan Ariya will start at $47,125. Even after electric vehicle tax incentives the Ariya will be close to $40,000. This electric SUV has enhanced capability, but its starting price may be too high for the average consumer.

The Toyota bZ4X is the all-around electric SUV

A gray 2023 Toyota bZ4X is on display.
A gray 2023 Toyota bZ4X is on display | VCG via Getty Images

The Toyota bZ4X was developed with the help of Subaru but it clearly is marketed to a different target audience than the Subaru Solterra. Toyota focuses on the bZ4X’s battery capabilities in its introduction videos.

The Toyota bZ4X is expected to get up to 250 miles of range. It will make 201 horsepower using its single motor and 215 horsepower using a dual motor system. The bZ4X will be the all-around electric SUV. It is likely to start at around $40,000 so its price after tax credits will be closer to $33,000.

The bZ4X is seemingly long-lasting thanks to battery innovations. It has the potential to become a newer version of what the RAV4 is today in America in the future.

Soon plenty of Japanese electric SUVs will be available to consumers. Each SUV has its own unique capabilities. Whether you’re looking to go off-road, need speed and range, or want the best all-around electric SUV for the money, there will be plenty of great options. You should look into purchasing the electric SUV that best fits your lifestyle. Which electric SUV will dominate the competition?


2021 LA Auto Show: 2023 Subaru Solterra Details Confirmed