2023 Nissan Ariya | A Complete Review!
2023 Nissan Ariya – Overview
Nissan is adding the 2023 Ariya SUV to its electric vehicle roster, which will be available in the United States in the fall of this year.
With a range of up to 300 miles, the Ariya will join the Leaf hatchback in Nissan showrooms, compared to the Leaf’s maximum of 226 miles.
Ariya’s design departs from many of Nissan’s existing automobiles with sharp, angular lines. In addition, the Ariya’s low, broad stance sets it apart from the Rogue and gives it a sportier appearance.
There will be two battery capacities: a 63.0-kWh essential battery, an optional 87.0-kWh battery, and a front- or all-wheel drive.
In addition, the 2022 Ariya will have a slew of driver-assistance systems, infotainment technology, and convenience amenities to help it compete with similarly sized EV crossovers like the Tesla Model Y and Hyundai Kona Electric.
Nissan’s first all-new vehicle is the Ariya. Nissan’s new ProPilot 2.0 semi-autonomous driving system, which debuted on the Nissan Skyline in Japan, is included.
The Ariya is touted to have a range of up to 300 miles when fitted with the optional dual-front/rear-motor drive system and the larger 87.0-kWh battery pack.
Ariya’s initial price of $47,125 puts it above the Leaf and other inexpensive EVs but below the Model Y’s introductory pricing.
We believe that range is the most critical factor in effectively transitioning from gasoline to electricity. Therefore we’d recommend the entry-level Venture+ trim, which has the most extended driving range of the Ariya’s four trim levels.
The inside of the Ariya appears to be modern and minimalist. Nissan has removed every button to aim for a smooth dashboard that matches the external appearance.
However, despite Nissan’s promise that the Ariya’s inside is unlike any other car, its minimalistic theme appears to be its only distinguishing feature.
Not that the cabin doesn’t seem to be a pleasant spot to spend some time.
Nissan has included its comfortable zero-gravity seats into the design, which produces a significant impression inside.
Although the rear seat capacity is notably less than the front, it should still be comfortable and spacious enough for a couple of adults to go long distances.
The digital gauge cluster & infotainment screen are displayed on dual 12.3-inch monitors.
Standard features should include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and in-dash navigation.
The Ariya concept car from 2019 featured a function that allowed the car to sync with the driver’s schedule, allowing it to pre-heat or pre-cool the cabin while it was parked and charging, saving battery power.
The concept also demonstrated technology that would let the driver use ProPilot’s Remote Park to automatically park the Ariya from a nearby place, akin to Tesla’s Smart Summon feature.
Nissan has not stated whether or not these features will be included in the production vehicle.
ProPilot 2.0, Nissan’s second version of ProPilot semi-autonomous technology, will be available as an option on the Ariya.
The device allows drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel in certain driving situations.
Although we haven’t tested this new arrangement, we were impressed with the original ProPilot system when we tried it in 2017, and if that’s any indicator of how version 2.0 will function, we have great hopes. The following are important safety features:
- Pedestrian recognition and standard autonomous emergency braking
- Lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist is standard.
- Adaptive cruise control
- Semi-autonomous driving mode
Performance & Power
Unlike the Leaf, which only has front-wheel drive, Nissan uses technology developed for previous cars, including the torque-split system used in the GT-R sports car, to provide optional all-wheel drive via a dual-front/rear-electric-motor layout.
According to Nissan, front-wheel-drive variants achieve a claimed zero-to-60-mph time of 7.2 seconds; but if you want more power, the all-wheel-drive Ariya is substantially faster.
We predict that the model will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5.0 seconds, which is comparable to the performance of higher-end electric vehicles.
From what we’ve seen so far, the Ariya offers a smooth, steady ride that should appeal to most consumers, but it lacks the sporty element that we drivers crave.
Battery & Range
The Venture+, according to Nissan, has a driving range of up to 300 miles per charge, which is a significant improvement over the Leaf’s maximum capacity of 226 miles.
The Evolve+ and Premiere models go up to 285 miles on a single charge, while the Platinum+ is said to go up to 265.
Jaguar’s I-Pace and Audi’s E-Tron, which offer 234 and 204 miles of range, respectively, are similarly sized automobiles.
Tesla’s main competitors claim ranges of over 300 miles.
The Ariya can be charged at home, public charging stations, and even at DC fast-charging ports, using 110- or 240-volt outlets.
The Ariya does not currently have EPA fuel economy estimations, nor has Nissan disclosed any stated MPGe values.
That information will most likely become available as the Ariya approaches its debut date.