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2023 Nissan ARIYA

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2023 ENGAGE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $44,580
2023 ENGAGE 4dr e-4ORCE All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $48,580
2023 VENTURE+ 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $48,580
2023 EVOLVE+ 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $51,580
2023 ENGAGE+ 4dr e-4ORCE All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $52,580
2023 EMPOWER+ 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $55,080
2023 EVOLVE+ 4dr e-4ORCE All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $55,580
2023 PREMIERE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $56,080
2023 PLATINUM+ 4dr e-4ORCE All-Wheel Drive w/19" wheels Price:   -  From $61,580
2023 PLATINUM+ 4dr e-4ORCE All-Wheel Drive w/20" wheels Price:   -  From $61,580


What's New

Nissan is expanding its lineup of electric vehicles with a new halo SUV: the 2023 Ariya. With a modern design, up to 304 miles of range, and available all-wheel drive, the Ariya represents a major step up compared to the current Leaf.

Choosing Your Nissan Ariya

The 2023 Nissan Ariya is available in six trims: Engage, Venture+, Evolve+, Empower+, Premiere, and Platinum+. Pricing for the all-electric SUV ranges from $44,485 to $61,485 (prices include destination).

Engine Choices

Nissan is offering a dizzying number of powertrain configurations for the Ariya with each trim basically getting its own battery pack and electric motor setup.

Nissan hasn’t made things easy for shoppers. Trims that have “e-4orce” in their names come with two electric motors for all-wheel drive. Another helpful tip to decoding the Ariya’s lineup is that any trims with the “+” designation come with the larger 87-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

Charge times for the Ariya to go from 20-80% charged hover around 40 minutes when plugged into a DC fast charger.

TrimElectric Motor / Battery PackHorsepower / TorqueRange
EngageOne (FWD) / 63-kWh214 hp / 221 lb-ft216 miles
Venture+One (FWD) / 87-kWh238 hp / 221 lb-ft304 miles
Evolve+, Empower+, PremierOne (FWD) / 87-kWh238 hp / 221 lb-ft289 miles
Engage e-4orceTwo (AWD) / 66-kWh335 hp / 413 lb-ft205 miles
Engage + e-4orce, Evolve+ e-4orce, Platinum+ e-4orceTwo (AWD) / 87-kWh389 hp / 442 lb-ft270 miles (265 for Platinum+ e-4orce)

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The compact Ariya offers seating for up to five people. Interior space varies on the configuration. All Ariyas have 38.3 inches of rear headroom and 37 inches of rear legroom. These figures are competitive for the class.

The Ariya offers up to 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and a total of 59.7 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded. Compared to the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen ID.4, Tesla Model Y, and Hyundai Ioniq 5, the Ariya’s cargo space is on the smaller side.

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Safety Features

Nissan offers the Ariya with the latest safety features. The electric SUV comes with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, blind spot intervention, rear cross-traffic alert, rear automatic emergency braking, a driver attention monitor, and traffic sign recognition.

The Empower+ trim is the first in the lineup to come with Nissan’s ProPilot Assist 2.0 system and ProPilot Park feature. The former combines adaptive cruise control and lane-centering assist to handle most driving tasks on the highway. ProPilot Park assists the driver by controlling steering, acceleration, and braking when parking.


Every Ariya comes with a 12.3-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The electric SUV also comes with wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, six audio speakers, four USB ports, Amazon Alexa compatibility, Bluetooth, voice recognition, satellite radio, a virtual assistant, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Shoppers have to move up to the Evolve+ trim to get a wireless charging pad. Most trims, except for the Venture+, come with a head-up display.

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2023 Nissan Ariya Engage – MSRP From $44,485

The base Ariya Engage comes with 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, keyless entry, power-folding mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a heated steering wheel, and a power-sliding center console.

Nissan doesn’t offer any optional packages on the Ariya.

2023 Nissan Ariya Venture+ – MSRP From $48,485

The Venture+ trim trades range for features. It comes with the larger 87-kWh but has less features than the base Engage trim. The Venture+ comes with cloth seats and a six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat. More importantly, it loses the Divide-N-Hide cargo system, power-sliding center console, head-up display, heated front and rear seats, and heated steering wheel.

2023 Nissan Ariya Evolve+ – MSRP From $51,485

The Evolve+ reverts back to the Engage’s list of standard features but retains the larger 87-kWh from the Venture+.

On top of the Engage’s standard features, the Evolve+ adds a power liftgate, LED fog lights, a panoramic sunroof, a digital rearview mirror, power-adjustable front seats, a wireless charging pad, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

2023 Nissan Ariya Empower+ – MSRP From $54,985

Stepping up to the Evolve+ trim adds Nissan’s ProPilot Assist 2.0 and ProPilot Park system.

2023 Nissan Ariya Premiere – MSRP From $55,985

The limited-edition Premiere trim comes with 19-inch wheels and illuminated kick plates.

2023 Nissan Ariya Platinum+ – MSRP From $61,485

The range-topping Platinum+ trim is the fanciest Ariya available. It comes with active noise cancellation, a hands-free liftgate, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable steering wheel, ventilated front seats, ambient interior lighting, and a 10-speaker Bose audio system.

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CarsDirect Tip

Without any optional packages to choose from, the main choice with the 2023 Nissan Ariya is finding the right trim that has all of the features you want. With the Engage coming well-equipped from the off-set, we think range is one of the more important factors to consider. The Evolve+ strikes us as striking the best balance of cost, feature content, and range, as it offers up to 289 miles of range and has slightly more convenience features than the base Engage.

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  • Stunning interior
  • Generous equipment
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Great use of space
  • Slabby external looks
  • Soggy suspension
  • Venture+ trim disappoints
  • No fun to drive
Expert Rating
4 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Better inside than out. While aesthetics are inevitably subjective, Nissan’s all-electric Ariya is no looker from the outside. Its tall stance results in a rather slab-sided profile, not helped by lightweight aero wheel covers of the kind Volvo experimented with in the Noughties. Fastback styling creates a rather confused rear profile (with the added consequence of reducing visibility), though there’s nothing wrong with that pleasingly aggressive family frontage.

Step inside, and things are altogether more spectacular. Nissan has thrown everything at the Ariya’s cabin, in the process elevating it above their own INFINITI premium brand. From the sliding center console to the twin 12.3-inch display screens, this is a stunning place to sit. A flat-bottom steering wheel feels perfectly in keeping with the minimalist row of dash buttons, and the extensive use of light materials (including wood and metal) adds to the modernist air. If you can forgive the volume button being asymmetric to the infotainment screen above it, this is a superb place to sit – with one exception…

A trim to avoid. You might think that upgrading to Ariya’s larger battery pack would maintain or enhance the specifications found lower down the range. Yet for reasons best known to themselves, Nissan has decreed that the supposedly mid-range Venture+ trim misses out on the heated, power-adjustable synthetic leather seats fitted to cheaper models. Despite being the cheapest way into the more powerful model, this is a trim to miss.

The rest of the Ariya range is impressively well-equipped. Base Engage models host the seats mentioned above, alongside heated power-folding outside mirrors and WiFi hotspot capabilities. Note that while Apple CarPlay is wireless, Android users still need to plug in a cable – at least there are plenty of USB sockets dotted around. Evolve+ adds wireless device charging and a heated steering wheel to a surround-view camera system and hands-free liftgate, making this our pick of the range.

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A glimpse into a safer future. The second generation of Nissan’s Pro Pilot Assist platform combines cameras, radar, and ultrasonic sensors to provide technically hands-free driving on over 200,000 miles of TomTom-mapped highways across North America. It does require the driver’s attention, so expect your eye and head movement to be constantly monitored even through polarized sunglasses. At times it all feels a bit gimmicky (what’s the point of automatic lane changing when you have to touch the blinkers and keep both hands on the wheel?), but it’s indicative of progress in this aspect of highway safety.

The Ariya’s other safety aids include automatic braking at both ends of the vehicle, adaptive cruise with navigation-based settings, and blind spot monitoring. Unfortunately, we don’t know how safe it’ll be in a crash because neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA has tested it yet.

A decent performer. Nissan designed the Ariya to feel more like a petrol car than anything else. That’s good because it means performance is linear and responsive, but bad because it’s not all that rapid. Anyone expecting breakneck acceleration will be disappointed by 0-60 times north of seven seconds from the 63kWh battery pack. A more powerful 87kWh system is also available, generating an extra 24hp but the same 221 lb-ft of torque. We’re intrigued to see how the forthcoming AWD dual-motor version performs when it goes on sale in 2023, though it’s hard to forgive its dreadful name – E-4orce.

For now, you’ll have to make do with FWD and no towing capacity – the E-4orce will be able to pull 1,500 lb. There’s a sense that Ariya’s suspension has been designed to cope with the AWD system that’s not here yet since it feels a bit springy. Road holding is poor at times, with the front wheels struggling for grip under acceleration and pitching into bends, while the steering is as soft as the suspension. At least journeys are comfortable. Fuel economy is exceptional; the base model will return 101 MPGe over a 216-mile range, while the 289-mile 87kWh version still delivers 98MPGe.

Final thoughts. When you consider the Ariya is Nissan’s first all-electric passenger car since the original Leaf, it’s been worth waiting for. There are lots to admire here – a stunning cabin, outstanding fuel economy, generous standard equipment (Venture+ trim notwithstanding), and 37 inches of rear legroom ahead of a tiered cargo floor with hidden storage. Higher models are luxuriously equipped, while every Ariya has a glorious floating screen extending two-thirds of the way across the dash. Safety is impressive across the range, and there’s a palpable sense that you’re driving the future.

Even so, the Ariya is far from perfect. Its looks are Model X dumpy, its performance is underwhelming and the wider driving experience is as you’d expect from an electric SUV. That’s not meant as a compliment, particularly since the hands-free driving functionality remains more a gimmick than a Godsend. The forthcoming AWD version will probably marry with the suspension better than today’s oddly spongy FWD models. It’s also disappointing that the warranty is a basic three-year, 36,000-mile affair, though at least the battery has eight years of coverage. The Ariya is undoubtedly a fine car, and it represents a huge leap forward for Nissan, but it’s not quite a masterpiece.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
214 HP / 221 ft.lbs.
1-spd auto
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
109 / 94 / 102 Mpge
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
214 HP / 221 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
109 / 94 / 102 Mpge
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
Recommended Fuel Type
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
59.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
101 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
182.9 "
Exterior Width
74.8 "
Exterior Height
65.4 "
Front Headroom
39.6 "
Rear Headroom
38.3 "
Front Legroom
42.3 "
Rear Legroom
37.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.9 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,323 Lbs.
Wheel Base
109 "
Turning Radius
17.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
19.0 " Painted Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Two-tone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Grille Moldings
Black W/metal-look Accents
Rear Spoiler
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Intelligent Emergency Braking (ieb) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Intelligent Blind Spot Intervention (i-bsi) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Intelligent Lane Intervention (i-li) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Propilot Assist Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking (paeb) Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Intelligent Driver Alertness (i-da) Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist (hba) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months