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Subaru Solterra vs. Nissan Ariya: Which One Wins?

Hi there! You‘re trying to decide between the exciting new Subaru Solterra and Nissan Ariya all-electric SUVs. I‘ve done an in-depth comparison to help you determine which model best fits your needs. After assessing their specs, features and performance, I found the Nissan Ariya has a slight edge overall – but the Solterra still excels for adventure-seekers. Let me walk you through what I‘ve learned.

Based on my extensive research, the Ariya wins out primarily thanks to its longer maximum range, more high-tech interior and smarter driver assistance. However, if you frequently go off-roading or need superior AWD capability, the Solterra has a lot to offer.

To start, here‘s a detailed side-by-side rundown of key specs:

Features Subaru Solterra Nissan Ariya
Battery Size / Usable 71.4 kWh / 65.6 kWh 63-87 kWh / 56-71 kWh
Power Output 215 hp (front and rear motors) 160-389 hp (front or dual motors)
Torque 248 lb-ft 221-434 lb-ft
0-60 mph Time 7.0 seconds (est.) 5.1-7.5 seconds
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Volume 30.3 cu ft 16.5-29.6 cu ft
Max Charging Speed 135 kW 130 kW
10-80% Charge Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Max Range (AWD) 228 miles 306 miles
Available Trims Limited only 6 versions

As you can see, the Ariya offers much more choice with 6 distinct trims (Wind, Evolve+, Evolve, Premiere, Premiere+ and Platinum+). It also boasts a higher power output up to 389 hp, greater cargo versatility with up to 29.6 cubic ft of space, and most importantly – a considerably longer 306 mile AWD range. However, the Solterra does pack a slightly larger battery at 71.4 kWh vs the Ariya‘s max of 87 kWh.

When it comes to recharging, the Ariya has the edge again. Its 130 kW fast charging enables an ultra-quick 10-80% refill in just 35 minutes. The Solterra isn‘t far behind at 1 hour for 10-80%, but it‘s a difference you‘ll appreciate on road trips.

Beyond the specs, let‘s explore some key feature differences:

Safety Ratings Subaru Solterra Nissan Ariya
NHTSA Overall Not Yet Rated 5 Stars
IIHS Overall Not Yet Rated Top Safety Pick+

The Ariya shines when it comes to safety, earning top honors from both NHTSA and IIHS testing. This gives it a leg up in family-friendly peace of mind. However, the Solterra hasn‘t been rated yet – so it may still perform admirably.

For driver assistance and convenience, the Ariya boasts the more advanced ProPILOT system offering hands-free highway driving and sophisticated auto parking. Subaru‘s EyeSight suite still provides robust protection like automatic emergency braking, but it doesn‘t have quite the same self-driving breadth and polish.

Inside, the Ariya treats occupants to a downright Sci-Fi spaceship-like cabin with sleek digital displays and intuitive controls. The Solterra goes for function over flash, though still utilizing dual screens and a clean layout. If modern luxury appeals to you, the Ariya has it mastered.

Finally, when heading off-road or driving in harsh conditions, the Solterra‘s standard all-wheel drive system gives it a key advantage. With 8.3" of ground clearance and X-MODE driving modes, it‘s primed for adventure. The Ariya can be spec‘d with AWD to handle moderate terrain, but its clearance is lower.

So in summary – if you prioritize range, technology and comfort, the Ariya is your winner. But if you frequent ski slopes, campsites and country backroads, the more rugged Solterra is a strong contender. Ultimately, assessing your driving needs should point you towards the best electric SUV for you. Let me know if you need any other details!


EV Enthusiast and Reviewer