The 2023 Nissan Ariya promises to bring a ray of hope to drivers who want a battery-powered electric (“BEV”) SUV. Early EVs tended to be either compact with great fuel economy but little passenger space or luxury vehicles well outside most families’ price range. Nissan’s goal with the Ariya is to solve this problem by providing an economical electric SUV that features the creature comforts and technological advances associated with Nissan that are available at an affordable price. The Ariya is a five-seat SUV with plenty of room for passengers and cargo. In this way, the 2023 Nissan Ariya is a top pick for drivers who want a BEV family car or for the daily commute.
Nissan has staked out a spot at the forefront of the automotive industry with its commitment to Intelligent Mobility. This is the application of technological innovation to all aspects of its vehicles. This includes Intelligent Driving to make Nissan vehicles safer, Intelligent Power to make them more efficient and productive, and Intelligent Integration to keep you and your passengers connected wherever your 2023 Nissan Ariya may take you.
The 2023 Nissan Ariya comes in three different trim levels, as well as one special edition. The entry-level model is the Nissan Ariya Venture+, features a digital intelligent around view monitor and comes with standard front-wheel drive. The Ariya Venture+ rides on 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with aero wheel covers fitted and a set of all-season tires.
The mid-level model of the 2023 Nissan Ariya is the Evolve+, which also has standard front-wheel drive. However, it adds a power panoramic moonroof and a power liftgate to make accessing the Ariya’s trunk more convenient. The Evolve+ also has an 8-way power front passenger seat, a wireless charger for your smart devices, and a motorized center dash glove box to make stowing your personal items easier than ever.
The top trim is the 2023 Nissan Ariya Platinum+, which is the only model that comes standard with all-wheel drive. The interior features Nappa leather seats, active sound control, a motion-activated hands-free liftgate, and built-in cooling for the front seats. The Ariya Platinum+ offers a set of 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels for one-of-a-kind style.
The 2023 Nissan Ariya Premiere is a special launch edition of this SUV, designed to celebrate the latest in Nissan’s growing lineup of technologically advanced models. The Premiere is front-wheel drive, but it adds special technology such as ProPILOT Assist 2.0 and ProPILOT Park, making handling your Ariya safer and easier than ever. The Premiere rides on a set of 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with unique aero wheel covers to match your Ariya’s color. This model also adds a number of exterior cosmetic touches, including multi-color contextual line illumination, illuminated Premiere kick plates, and special Premiere emblems.
Nissan offers two different powertrain options on the 2023 Nissan Ariya. One is a front-wheel drive system that is featured on the Venture+, Evolve+, and Premiere models. It produces 238-horsepower off of a single electric motor powering the Ariya’s front axle. This option also generates 221 lb-ft of torque.
The Nissan Ariya Premiere features dual electric motors powering both axles of the vehicle. This is part of the e-4ORCE AWD system on the Ariya Premiere. The two-motor drivetrain produces 389 horsepower while generating 442 lb-ft of torque, enhancing performance as well as safety in bad road conditions.
Both versions of the Ariya utilize an 87 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery. There is a battery heater, which will come in handy on cold mornings, as well as a 7.2 kW onboard charger. It will be easy to keep this lithium-ion battery charged, as the Ariya features a DC quick charge port for the standard CCS plug. A 120V portable charge cable is included with the Ariya. In addition, like many other BEVs, the 2023 Nissan Ariya utilizes a regenerative braking system to charge the lithium-ion battery by recapturing kinetic energy. There is also an e-Step mode for one-pedal driving.
Fuel economy is kind of a misnomer on a BEV since this type of vehicle does not consume any fuel. Rather, efficiency is measured by the range on a single charge of the 2023 Nissan Ariya’s 87 kWh lithium-ion battery. The 2023 Ariya Venture+ model with front-wheel drive are expected to have an estimated range of up to 300 miles. This is the farthest range for any of the four models. The 2023 Nissan Ariya Premiere and Evolve+ also have front-wheel drive, but the estimated range is up to 285 miles. The all-wheel drive 2023 Nissan Ariya Platinum+ has an estimated extended range of up to 265 miles. This is still a solid number for an electric SUV with all-wheel drive and nearly 400 horsepower.
As expected, the all-wheel drive 2023 Nissan Ariya Platinum+ will give you better grip and traction than the front-wheel drive models. This is the result of the e-4ORCE all-wheel drive system on the Ariya. Still, each Ariya model has a drive mode selector, allowing you to better adjust your vehicle to road conditions.
Overall, all four models of the 2023 Ariya handle quite well. This is because Nissan has placed the Ariya’s battery pack centered under the floor of the vehicle’s passenger compartment. This gives the Ariya ideal 50/50 weight distribution across its 109.3-inch wheelbase, making the ride of this BEV SUV very balanced.
Nissan has equipped the Ariya with e-Step mode, allowing you to engage in one-pedal driving. By utilizing the accelerator, you can speed up or slow down the Ariya without having to put your foot on the brake. This will make it easier to operate the 2023 Ariya, especially on long rides.
The 2023 Nissan Ariya is the latest achievement in Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility program. This shows that Nissan is on the cutting edge of technological development in the automotive industry, integrating various systems to give you the safest, most refined, and connected ride possible.
The 2023 Nissan Ariya comes equipped with a whole host of active driver assistance features as part of Nissan Safety Shield 360. Intelligent forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection will help avoid a collision or minimize the damage from a crash. If the system detects that your Ariya is too close to another vehicle or that a pedestrian is in your path, it will alert you and immediately engage the emergency braking system.
Intelligent blind spot intervention and blind spot warning will come in handy when you need to change lanes in your Nissan Ariya. An alert will let you know if a vehicle is traveling in your Ariya’s blind spot, and the system will guide you back into lane to avoid a collision. Finally, intelligent lane intervention and lane departure warning will help you keep your Ariya centered in your lane. If the system detects that you are drifting out of lane, it will sound an alert and use gentle steering adjustments to keep you in your lane. This is especially important since a vehicle drifting can be a symptom of driver fatigue, so the alarm will keep you alert.
The Nissan Safety Shield 360 will also help you with something as simple as parking your Ariya in a parking spot. The rear automatic braking will bring your Ariya to a stop if it detects an object directly in the path of your vehicle. Similarly, rear cross traffic alert will let you know if the system detects another vehicle or pedestrian in your path when you put your Ariya in reverse.
The day of the self-driving car may be some time in the future, but Nissan is at the forefront of this technology, which is featured on the 2023 Nissan Ariya. The Ariya Venture+ and Evolve+ have the ProPILOT Assist with Navi-Link, while the Ariya Premiere and Platinum+ models feature the ProPILOT Assist 2.0 system. Both systems will help guide your Ariya through curves and adjust speed on freeway off-ramps through mapping data on the built-in navigation system. They will also help you keep a preset distance from other vehicles on the road while keeping your Ariya centered in its lane through gentle steering adjustments.
The ProPILOT 2.0 system takes things even further with a number of other features. Hands-off driving will alert you if the road you are on provides for this. If so, you can allow the Ariya to drive itself with your hands off the wheel and your feet off the pedals. Guided freeway driving allows you to input a preset destination, and the technology will then guide you to wherever you need to go. Finally, lane change assistance will help guide you around a slow-moving vehicle when you are driving your Ariya with cruise control. Just push a button, and the system will use advanced mapping and traffic data to do the rest.
Every model of the 2023 Nissan Ariya features the NissanConnect EV infotainment system with a huge 12.3-inch touchscreen. This includes such key connectivity features as wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless Android Auto, and Bluetooth hands-free phone service. This is a great feature as you can dispense with having to deal with annoying smartphone cables. You also get subscriptions to NissanConnect services and Nissan Door to Door Connected Navigation, both of which will help you get the most out of your Ariya. The sound system on the Ariya is exceptional, but true audiophiles will want the Ariya Platinum+ with its 10-speaker Bose Premium Audio system for the ultimate in sound.