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).
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.
|Electric Motor / Battery Pack
|Horsepower / Torque
|One (FWD) / 63-kWh
|214 hp / 221 lb-ft
|One (FWD) / 87-kWh
|238 hp / 221 lb-ft
|Evolve+, Empower+, Premier
|One (FWD) / 87-kWh
|238 hp / 221 lb-ft
|Two (AWD) / 66-kWh
|335 hp / 413 lb-ft
|Engage + e-4orce, Evolve+ e-4orce, Platinum+ e-4orce
|Two (AWD) / 87-kWh
|389 hp / 442 lb-ft
|270 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stepping up to the Evolve+ trim adds Nissan’s ProPilot Assist 2.0 and ProPilot Park system.
The limited-edition Premiere trim comes with 19-inch wheels and illuminated kick plates.
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.
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.