The auto industry is constantly innovating, but with the arrival of the all-electric 2023 Nissan Ariya, innovation just took a quantum leap forward. This brand-new SUV incorporates the latest semi-autonomous driving technology and EV performance advances to deliver a class-leading option for buyers seeking an escape from gasoline. Is the timing right for you to make the switch? The Ariya offers a compelling argument for a resounding yes.
The all-new Ariya is as stylish as it is technologically advanced. Exterior styling evokes both elegance and athleticism, resulting in a sleek, angular curb profile with a slanted nose and a signature Nissan V-Motion front grille. On the inside, a flat floor means more space for everyone, plus Nissan outfits the Ariya with comfortable Zero Gravity front seats and provides up to 59.7 cubic feet of cargo space. The Ariya hails from Nissan’s Timeless Japanese Futurism design philosophy, which combines simplicity with modernism.
Nissan’s robust ProPILOT Assist 2.0 and Safety Shield 360 suites of driver-assist systems are offered on the Ariya. Capabilities range from basic safety alerts to hands-free highway driving and even providing assistance with difficult parking maneuvers. Even simple navigation gets an upgrade on the Ariya, with 3D mapping, real-time traffic notifications, and more. The highly anticipated 2023 Ariya sets a new standard for in-vehicle technology.
The 2023 Ariya is Nissan’s second all-electric production vehicle, and it joins the efficient Leaf hatchback in a growing alternative fuel lineup. Where it resembles the Leaf in its EV powertrain, the Ariya is different in almost every other category. It’s a performance-oriented SUV with a wide stance and a luxurious cabin fitted with the latest infotainment features. And, because it bears the legendary Nissan name, buyers can be confident of its quality and reliability.
When considering an electric vehicle, perhaps the first question that comes to buyers’ minds is, how far can it go? The Nissan Ariya relies on an 87 kWh battery to achieve up to 300 miles of driving range per charge (depending on the trim). The standard powertrain delivers 238 horsepower via a single AC synchronous motor, while the high-end Platinum+ trim features a dual-motor e-4ORCE all-wheel drive powertrain that makes a brisk 389 horsepower.
The battery pack is situated at the center of the vehicle, offering an almost perfect 50-50 weight distribution and a unique flat-floor interior. Keeping your Ariya charged is easy, thanks to a versatile interface that works with multiple charging setups. The Ariya offers DC Fast Charging capability but can also charge on a standard 110-volt home outlet. A 240-volt outlet works too, and it’s compatible with most public charging stations.
The 2023 Aryia is part of a global Nissan Next electrification mission, and Nissan has adopted the Combined Charging System (CCS) as part of the plan. CCS is the preferred charging system in the United States, and it replaces Nissan’s original plan to adopt CHAdeMO protocols. What that means for Nissan EV buyers is better compatibility with a growing national network of fast-charging stations and faster overall charge times.
The base Venture+ is the trim for you if driving range is key. It’s capable of driving up to 300 miles on a full charge. That distance rivals that of its major competitors, and the Evolve+ and Premiere trims aren’t far behind, coming in at 285 miles per charge. The Platinum+ sits at around 265 miles, slightly less due to the e-4ORCE all-wheel drive system. Regardless of trim, the Ariya’s driving range is consistent with that of similarly sized gas-powered competitors.
The best part of owning an Ariya is knowing you’re part of a community of early adopters who get to take advantage of Nissan’s EV technology and longstanding reputation for quality. The Ariya is only Nissan’s second all-electric production vehicle, and it’s the very first crossover. Also, Nissan has partnered with charging company EVgo, so finding compatible charging stations is easy. In some cases, Nissan might even foot the bill for $500 worth of charging.
The Ariya is a performance SUV, so you can expect spirited performance, brisk acceleration, and tons of instantly available torque. The best part of driving an EV is hitting the “gas” pedal and feeling instantaneous acceleration. The Venture+, Evolve+, and Premiere trims all offer a 238-horsepower, 178 kW motor, while the top-of-the-line Platinum+ kicks it up a notch, delivering 389 horsepower and 290 kW of power.
The Platinum+ includes Nissan’s all-wheel drive system, called e-4ORCE, which is an EV version of Nissan’s traditional intelligent all-wheel drive system. It optimizes traction and torque and manages independent brake control capability at each wheel to provide the maximum possible traction. e-4ORCE even aids the driver during cornering by quickly responding to driver inputs.
Thanks to the Ariya’s almost perfect 50-50 weight distribution, handling is precise and reliable. Drivers will love the e-Pedal that allows one-pedal acceleration and deceleration, as well as the Platinum+ trim’s four-wheel regenerative torque feature. It conserves battery power and utilizes negative torque to slow the vehicle, saving wear on the brakes and allowing for enhanced one-pedal driving.
The 2023 Ariya introduces ProPILOT Assist 2.0, Nissan’s newest suite of semi-autonomous driver-assist systems. It includes hands-free driving capability on compatible highways, which Nissan says will “reduce the driver’s workload and stress in single-lane highway traffic.” The system is tied into connected navigation that displays 3D maps and delivers real-time traffic updates.
The Ariya also features standard Nissan Safety Shield 360, which includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Automatic Braking, and Automatic High Beams. The systems rely on sensors, radar, and cameras to constantly monitor the area around the vehicle and alert the driver to potential hazards.
The best word to describe Nissan’s infotainment operating system is "intuitive." By intuitive, we mean that all of its capabilities are designed for driver comfort, convenience, and entertainment. Even the voice recognition system is highly advanced and designed to pick up on casual conversational language. The system is user-friendly and easy to navigate, even for drivers that struggle with new technology.
Dual 12.3-inch screens are integrated into a seamless display that puts vehicle data and app-based entertainment a touch away. The 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster displays key driving data, including battery range and navigation cues. Meanwhile, the second 12.3-inch screen is devoted to infotainment. The system accepts over-the-air updates, so it’s always running on the most current software version.
Perhaps most exciting of all is that data from each screen can be shared, so the driver always has a customized display located directly at the eye line. Nissan includes standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity across the Ariya lineup, and an available head-up display makes interfacing with key data even simpler. Whether you’re following directions on a road trip or streaming the latest podcast episode from your iPhone, accessing and interfacing with content is a breeze.
The infotainment system spans the dashboard area just to the left, behind, and to the right of the steering wheel within easy reach of the driver. The Ariya’s minimalist interior is mostly free from knobs and dials, instead relying on simple haptic touch interfaces for accessing the entertainment and climate control systems. It’s a modern look that matches the Ariya’s edgy exterior aesthetic. Sliding behind the wheel of an Ariya feels more like sitting in a cockpit than a passenger vehicle.
Meanwhile, NissanConnect provides seamless smartphone integration and even compatibility with smart home devices. Use your smartphone as a control hub for the Ariya, including remote starting, monitoring battery levels, and storing key vehicle diagnostic data. The system can also send navigation instructions to the vehicle’s touchscreen, and it’s where you’ll activate the Wi-Fi hotspot. NissanConnect also works with Siri Eyes Free and allows for voice texting while you’re on the go.