As the 2024 Subaru Solterra gears up for its arrival at U.S. dealerships, it brings with it a host of enhancements that elevate its electric driving experience. A key focus of the updates centers on charging capabilities, positioning the Solterra as a more convenient and efficient option in the electric crossover segment. Notably, the model boasts "improvements to its fast-charging capabilities," with Subaru revealing that it can now achieve an impressive 10% to 80% charge in as little as 35 minutes. In comparison, the 2023 model required around 56 minutes for an 80 percent charge, showcasing a notable reduction in charging time.
Beyond the accelerated fast-charging, the 2024 Solterra introduces an upgraded battery conditioning system designed to enhance performance in colder temperatures. Subaru highlights that the new system enables the model to "charge at temperatures below freezing significantly faster than its predecessor, up to 80 minutes faster in certain conditions." This improvement addresses a common challenge faced by electric vehicles in colder climates, making the Solterra more versatile and responsive to varying weather conditions.
Shifting focus to advanced driver assistance features, the 2024 Solterra stands out with an all-new EyeSight system, marking a significant advancement compared to other Subaru models. This sophisticated system allows the crossover to travel within its lane at speeds up to 40 km/h with only driver supervision, including stop-and-go traffic—a notable leap toward a hands-free traffic jam assist function. The EyeSight system also introduces an automatic lane change function, Front Cross Traffic Alert, and a DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System. Complementing these additions are familiar features like Blind Spot Monitoring, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with Lane Tracing and Road Sign Assist, and Rear Camera Detection with Pedestrian Warning, collectively enhancing safety and convenience.
While additional changes are relatively modest, the 2024 Solterra showcases a new steering wheel featuring regenerative braking force paddle switches. Another practical update comes in the form of newly standard roof rails, capable of supporting up to 317 kg of weight, adding utility and versatility to the electric crossover.
In terms of pricing, Subaru maintains consistency, with the 2024 Solterra commencing at $44,995 before a $1,345 destination fee in most areas. The entry-level Premium trim comes well-equipped with LED headlights, the advanced EyeSight system, 18-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch cluster display, an 8-inch infotainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated front seats.
Customers also have the option to explore the Limited and Touring trims, all featuring a 72.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack powering a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system. However, it's worth noting that the power figures—215 horsepower and 337 Newton-meters of torque—are relatively modest. Despite these numbers, the Solterra's key drawback remains its EPA-estimated range of up to 365 km, falling short of the expectations set by some competitors in the electric crossover segment.