The 2023 Ariya SUV, which Nissan will begin selling in the United States in the fall of 202, will be the automaker’s latest addition to its lineup of electric vehicles. The Ariya will be available alongside the Leaf hatchback in Nissan showrooms, and its maximum range of 304 miles will exceed that of the Leaf by 24 miles.
The Ariya’s design departs from Nissan’s current trend of boxy sedans with sharp angles. The Ariya stands out from the Rogue with its low and wide stance, which gives it a more athletic appearance. You’ll be able to choose between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, and between a 63 kWh and an 87.0 kWh battery pack. The 2022 Ariya will be able to compete with compact EV crossovers like the Tesla Model Y and the Hyundai Kona Electric thanks to its suite of driver assistance technologies, infotainment technology, and convenience items.
2023 Nissan Ariya Price
2023 Nissan Ariya Trims with 63 kWh battery:
Engage FWD (front-wheel drive): $43,190
Engage e-4ORCE (all-wheel drive): $47,190
2023 Nissan Ariya Trims with 87 kWh battery and front-wheel drive:
Venture+ FWD: $47,190
Evolve+ FWD: $50,190
Empower+ FWD: $53,690
Premiere FWD: $54,690
2023 Nissan Ariya Trims with 87 kWh battery and all-wheel drive:
Engage+ e-4ORCE: $51,190
Evolve+ e-4ORCE: $54,190
Platinum+ e-4ORCE: $60,190
Nissan Ariya Colours
Boulder Gray Pearl/Black Diamond Metallic. Deep Blue Ocean Pearl/Black Diamond Metallic. Everest White Pearl Tricoat/Black Diamond Metallic. Northern Lights Metallic.
EV Motor, Power, and Performance
Nissan is taking cues from other vehicles, including as the torque-split system seen in the GT-R sports car, to offer optional all-wheel drive with a dual-front/rear electric-motor setup, unlike the Leaf, which only comes with front-wheel drive. The Ariya with all-wheel drive is expected to be substantially faster than the front-wheel drive vehicle we drove (which reached 60 mph in 7.5 seconds). This model should be able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 5.0 seconds, making it competitive with luxury electric cars. So far, the Ariya has delivered a comfortable and secure ride that should appeal to most consumers. However, as avid drivers, we find ourselves missing the Ariya’s more athletic character.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
Nissan claims that the Venture+’s maximum range per charge is 304 miles, which is a significant increase over the Leaf’s maximum range of 226 miles. Maximum range for the Evolve+, Empower+, and Premiere models is 289 miles, while the Platinum+’s maximum range is 265 miles. If you go for the lower-priced Engage trim, you won’t get as much mileage out of a charge because the battery pack is smaller. We found that a front-wheel-drive Empower+ model had a range of 240 miles when tested on our 75 mph highway fuel economy route. The Ariya will be able to be charged using standard 110- or 240-volt wall outlets, as well as from public charging stations and DC fast-charging ports.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe
The EPA estimates that the most fuel-efficient Ariya is the Venture+ model, which achieves 111 MPGe in the city and 95 MPGe on the highway. The Premier, Evolve+, and Empower+ trims, on the other hand, are rated at 105 city MPGe and 91 highway MPGe. We drove an Empower+ model with front-wheel drive at 75 mph on the highway and averaged 84 MPGe.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The furnishings of the Ariya are modern and spare. Nissan eliminated all unnecessary buttons from the dashboard in order to create a uniformly modern aesthetic with the car’s appearance. Nissan claims that the Ariya’s cabin is unlike any other automobile, yet a quick glance reveals that the Ariya’s simple design is actually its only distinguishing feature. It’s not that the cabin is a bad location to hang out; just the contrary. Nissan’s zero-gravity seats are integrated into the design, and the flat, low floor gives the interior a sense of openness. The rear seats are notably smaller than the front ones, but they are still spacious enough for two adults to sit in comfort on lengthy trips.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The digital gauge cluster and the infotainment screen are each 12.3 inches in size. The vehicle comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and built-in navigation. Additional features include wireless smartphone charging and a head-up display. Amazon Alexa and an internal speech assistant are included in the infotainment system.
2023 Nissan Ariya Empower
Vehicle Type: front-motor, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
Base/As Tested: $54,985/$57,850
Options: 19-inch wheels, $1900; two-tone paint, $350; garage door opener, $365; floor mats, $250.
Motor: current-excited synchronous AC
Power: 238 hp
Torque: 221 lb-ft
Battery Pack: liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 87.0 kWh
Onboard Charger: 7.2 kW
Peak DC Fast-Charge Rate: 130 kW
Transmission: single-speed direct-drive
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 13.8-in vented disc/13.0-in vented disc
Tires: Dunlop Grandtrek PT21
235/55R-19 101V M+S
Wheelbase: 109.3 in
Length: 182.9 in
Width: 74.8 in
Height: 65.4 in
Passenger Volume: 96 ft3
Cargo Volume, F/R: 60/23 ft3
Curb Weight: 4726 lb
60 mph: 7.5 sec
1/4-Mile: 15.9 sec @ 92 mph
100 mph: 19.0 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.4 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 7.5 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.7 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.8 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 103 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 168 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.85 g
C/DFUEL ECONOMY AND CHARGING
Observed: 84 MPGe
75-mph Highway Range: 240 mi
Average DC Fast-Charge Rate, 10–90%: 99 kW
DC Fast-Charge Time, 10–90%: 40 min
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 98/105/91 MPGe
Range: 289 mi