2023 Nissan Ariya: What We Know So Far
A new all-electric compact crossover from Nissan is ready to make waves.
Nissan, the company behind the very popular all-electric Leaf, has launched its second battery-electric vehicle in the U.S., the Nissan Ariya. While it will go on sale at the end of 2022 as a 2023 model, it’s not Nissan’s first all-electric vehicle. That accolade goes to the Leaf, which came to market in 2010 and predates even Tesla’s Model S, though Nissan is planning to phase out the Leaf soon.
Here’s what we know about the 2023 Nissan Ariya.
2023 Nissan Ariya Power and Range
The 2023 Nissan Ariya is an all-new, compact, battery-electric crossover that seats up to five passengers in two rows of seats. It has a sportier look than the similarly sized Nissan Rogue, and will come with two different battery sizes: a 63 kWh battery pack or a larger 87 kWh version. You can option it in an all-wheel, dual-motor version or in its standard form as a front-wheel single-motor version.
The EPA has not yet released range information about the Ariya, but Nissan says that the Ariya Venture+ trim should get as much as 304 miles of range. Early reviews of the 2023 Nissan Ariya note that the vehicle isn’t performance-oriented, but it does prioritize comfort and style.
2023 Nissan Ariya Styling
The Ariya has a sharp, futuristic exterior design that makes it stand out on the road. The 2023 Nissan Ariya competes with similarly sized electric crossovers like the Tesla Model Y and Hyundai Kona Electric. Like its exterior, the Ariya’s interior gets a futuristic but minimal design. Nissan eliminated every possible interior button and replaced most functions with a pair of 12.3-inch touchscreens hidden behind a single panel of glass that stretches from driver to mid-vehicle. These two screens serve as both infotainment and driver-information screens. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and onboard navigation are all standard on the 2023 Ariya.
The HVAC system is controlled via capacitive, haptic switches that vibrate when touched on the center console, and the system itself is nestled underneath the hood rather than in the cabin to offer more interior space for passengers. Nissan also included its Zero Gravity seats, which should make longer drives much easier. There’s also a unique, motorized center console that moves forward or back based on driver preference to put the gear-selector knob in a more comfortable position.
2023 Nissan Ariya Pricing
Pricing for the 2023 Nissan Ariya starts around $44,000, including destination charges, but after production hang-ups and supplier delays the automaker pressed pause on orders in June of 2022. Front-wheel drive models are going on sale first, with all-wheel drive models becoming available later on.
Front-Wheel Drive Trims
The Engage is the entry point to the Ariya lineup, and comes with the standard range battery. One step up, there’s a Venture+ trim with the larger 87-Kwh battery and a bit more power for around $48,000. From there, the Ariya Evolve+ will cost about $51,000, but adds features like a power panoramic roof, power liftgate, and eight-way power front seats. Next is the Empower+ trim, which includes Nissan’s ProPilot Assist 2.0 adaptive cruise control, and ProPilot Park, which can recognize the kind of parking spot it's going into and automatically park for you. This trim will start at almost $55,000, and is the most well-equipped FWD Ariya model.
All-Wheel Drive Trims
In early 2023 when AWD models become available, shoppers will see it called E-4ORCE (pronounced “force”), and they will be able to get an Engage with AWD for around $48,000, or an Engage+ for about $52,000 with the larger battery pack. The Evolve+ will also be available with AWD at that point, for a $4,000 premium over the FWD trim—roughly $55,000. The top-of-the-line Ariya, called the Platinum+, will come with AWD, Nappa leather, and a hands-free power liftgate. That version will run you more than $61,000.