5 things to know about the 2023 Nissan Ariya EV SUV
Nissan is tossing its hat to the rapidly growing compact SUV market with the new Ariya. This small electric SUV is ready to face Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Volkswagen ID.4 and Tesla Model Y. This electrifying battle offers eco-oriented buyers more options than ever in this category.
The five models mentioned offer specific attributes, but only one is a heritage electric vehicle. The Nissan Ariya benefits from the history of the Leaf, which entered the market in 2010. The Nissan Leaf has sold over half a million models worldwide, giving the Ariya a position of authority in this market.
Here are five important qualities that this electric SUV from Nissan brings to your driving experience.
Is the 2023 Nissan Ariya the right size?
According to AutoGuide.com, the Ariya fits neatly into the EV compact crossover class. The 182.9-inch length makes this Nissan slightly longer than the Ioniq 5 but shorter than the Mach-E. You will feel more comfortable driving the Ariya than other models as the Nissan is wider than them all, measuring 74.8 inches in diameter.
How does the Ariya compare to the Rogue?
The Nissan Rogue is often the brand’s standard, mainly due to its high sales rate. Although similar in size, the Nissan Ariya is chunkier than the Rogue, and it brings a racy roofline with a lower stance. Clean lines and an extended wheelbase look great on this compact crossover.
A fresh look at the front of this Nissan EV
We’re used to the floating V-shape of the Nissan grille on gas-powered vehicles, but the Ariya is an electric vehicle and doesn’t require a grille. The front is a complete design change for the brand, offering a shield-like area instead of a grille. You’ll see slim boomerang-shaped headlights up front along with the Nissan logo front and center on the nose.
Where is the frunk?
The second element of interest for the Ariya is the lack of a front trunk area or frunk. Many electric vehicle models offer more cargo space by opening up this area where a gas engine would be, giving owners more storage space. Instead, Nissan chose to install the air conditioning system in this part of the vehicle. The result is a slimmer dash design, giving you a cleaner look inside the cabin.
You’ll see a stunning interior in the Nissan Ariya
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The slim dash design blends well with the premium materials and spacious cabin feel of this EV crossover. The color and texture give you the look of a modern vehicle that should carry a luxury name when present in a Nissan SUV. Every seat is comfortable, roomy and supportive, giving you a lounge feel in a crossover you can drive every day.
Nissan has done away with the buttons for the Ariya’s controls, instead opting for capacitive touch spaces as the control panel. Two 12.3-inch high-definition touchscreens provide the infotainment and instrument displays you desire in this SUV.
This electric SUV comes with powertrain options
When the 2023 Nissan Ariya arrives in America, it will use an 87.0 kWh battery to power either a single electric motor or a pair of them. Those who choose the single-motor version can expect 238 horsepower and 221 lb-ft. of torque while dual-motor models produce 389 horsepower and 442 lb-ft. of torque. The only vehicle in this class with more power than the twin-engine Ariya is the Mustang Mach-E GT. The single charge driving distance of this Nissan ranges from 265 to 300 miles depending on the equipment included in the vehicle.
How much does the 2023 Nissan Ariya cost?
Forbes tells us that the Ariya’s starting price is $47,125. That seems a bit pricey for a mainstream compact crossover, even with an electric powertrain. Apply the minimum federal tax credit of $7,500 plus any available state credits, and the total price drops below $40,000 for the base model, which is much more affordable.
Of course, the base price is for the entry-level Venture+ model. If you choose the Evolve+ version, you’ll pay $50,125, the Premiere models require $54,625, and the high-end Platinum+ e-4ORCE AWD version sets you back $60,125.
How to buy a Nissan Ariya SUV?
Reservations are active for this Nissan EV. A refundable deposit of $500 is required to hold your place in line. The first 10,000 reservations receive the $500 back at EVgo fast-charging stations across the country.
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