2023 Nissan Ariya: A Closer Look at Range, Pricing, and More

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The 2023 Nissan Ariya is an all-new, all-electric crossover/SUV model that has finally entered the market in late 2022 after a delay in its delivery timeline. In this article, we will dive into the details of the Ariya, including its battery, range, charging capabilities, and pricing.

EPA Range

The 2023 Nissan Ariya is based on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s CMF-EV platform, and it offers two main battery versions: 66-kilowatt-hour (kWh) and 91 kWh. The usable part of these batteries is respectively 63 kWh and 87 kWh. The powertrain options include front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD).

The EPA has already listed the range numbers for the front-wheel drive versions of the Nissan Ariya. The range varies from 216 miles up to 304 miles, with the entry-level trim featuring the larger battery providing over 300 miles of range.

2023 Nissan Ariya (FWD) EPA Combined range:

  • Engage FWD (63 kWh) 19-inch: 216 miles (348 km)
  • Venture+ FWD (87 kWh) 19-inch: 304 miles (489 km)
  • Evolve+ FWD (87 kWh) 19-inch: 289 miles (465 km)
  • Empower+ FWD (87 kWh) 19-inch: 289 miles (465 km)
  • Premiere FWD 19-inch (limited initial edition): 289 miles (465 km)

The EPA Combined range for the all-wheel drive version has been announced by Nissan but is not yet listed on the EPA’s website. However, the addition of the rear motor does not significantly decrease the range.

2023 Nissan Ariya (AWD) EPA Combined range:

  • Engage e-4ORCE AWD (63 kWh) 19-inch: 205 miles (330 km) [11 miles or 5% less than FWD]
  • Engage+ e-4ORCE AWD 19-inch: 272 miles (438 km)
  • Evolve+ e-4ORCE AWD 19-inch: 272 miles (438 km) [17 miles or 5.9% less than FWD versions]
  • Platinum+ e-4ORCE AWD 19-inch: 267 miles (430 km)
  • Platinum+ e-4ORCE AWD 20-inch: 257 miles (430 km) [10 miles or 3.7% less than the 19-inch version]
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The front-wheel drive version of the Nissan Ariya has an energy consumption of around 100 MPGe, with the base Engage FWD (63 kWh) version requiring 334 watt-hours per mile (207 Wh/km). The most efficient variant is the Venture+ FWD (87 kWh) version, with an efficiency of 103 MPGe: 327 Wh/mi (203 Wh/km).

The efficiency numbers for the AWD versions are slightly lower than the FWD versions. For example, the Engage e-4ORCE AWD (63 kWh) is rated at 95 MPGe: 355 Wh/mi (220 Wh/km), while the Engage+ e-4ORCE AWD has an efficiency rating of 92 MPGe: 366 Wh/mi (228 Wh/km). The top-of-the-line Platinum+ version (19-inch) is the least efficient, with an efficiency of 90 MPGe: 374 Wh/mi (233 Wh/km).

Prices

The prices for the 2023 Nissan Ariya were announced in September 2022 and have slightly changed compared to the previous year. The starting MSRP for the 2023 Nissan Ariya (FWD, 66 kWh) is $43,190, with the AWD version requiring an additional $4,000. There is also a $1,335 destination charge.

The long-range Nissan Ariya (FWD, 91 kWh) starts at an MSRP of $47,190. Comparing the same trims (Engage and Engage+), it appears that the larger battery increases the cost by about $4,000. The top-of-the-line Platinum+ AWD version starts at $60,190 ($61,525 effectively with the destination charge).

Overall, the Nissan Ariya is considered a nice electric vehicle with a better-than-average interior and materials, but it is priced above average. However, it is worth noting that the cars imported to the US are not eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit, which puts the Ariya at a disadvantage compared to some other models like the Tesla Model Y, Volkswagen ID.4, or Ford Mustang Mach-E.

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Only time will tell whether the Nissan Ariya will be able to make a splash in the market without access to this incentive.

FAQs

  1. What is the range of the 2023 Nissan Ariya?
  • The range varies from 216 miles up to 304 miles for the front-wheel drive versions. The all-wheel drive range numbers are yet to be listed.
  1. How much does the 2023 Nissan Ariya cost?
  • The starting MSRP for the 2023 Nissan Ariya is $43,190 for the FWD version with a 66 kWh battery. The AWD version requires an additional $4,000.

Conclusion

The 2023 Nissan Ariya offers a range of impressive features, including a diverse lineup of battery options, competitive range numbers, and a stylish design. However, its pricing may deter some potential buyers, especially considering the lack of access to the federal tax credit. Nevertheless, the Ariya presents a compelling option for those seeking a premium electric crossover/SUV.