The all-electric Nissan Ariya crossover can travel up to 304 miles on a full charge

The all-electric Nissan Ariya crossover can travel up to 304 miles on a full charge

The 2023 Ariya is Nissan's first all-electric crossover.

The 2023 Ariya is Nissan’s first all-electric crossover.

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Nissan has introduced the Ariya for the 2023 model year, the brand’s first all-electric crossover, which delivers strong acceleration and smooth, quiet operation.

With an EPA-estimated range of 304 miles for the Venture-Plus model, the Ariya can easily serve as a daily commuter or regional road trip vehicle. A range of over 300 miles helps eliminate some of the anxiety about electric vehicle range.

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In the base Ariya Engage model with all-wheel drive, the published range is just 205 miles. There are other models with an estimated range of 216, 257, 267, 272 or 289 miles.

Both front- and all-wheel-drive Ariya models offer a choice of a 63 kWh battery, or an 87 kWh battery, offering the highest range.

Even in its base form, the Ariya is practical for urban commuters and first-time EV owners looking for quality and style in the next generation of EVs.

Ariya dual electric motor and all-wheel drive models feature Nissan’s most advanced all-wheel drive control technology, called e-4ORCE.

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There are four basic Ariya models available, including front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions. This gives the Aria the versatility to meet a wide range of consumer needs.

Prices start at $43,190 (plus $1,365 shipping) for the base, front-wheel-drive Engage model, which has a range of 216 miles. With the all-wheel-drive Engage model ($47,190), the range between recharges drops to 205. These are the only models that offer the 63-kilowatt-hour battery.

There’s also a version of the Engage model with a larger battery — Engage-Plus, with all-wheel drive ($51,190) and a range of 272 miles.

Other versions, all with a higher-capacity battery (87 kWh), include front-drive Venture-Plus ($47,190), with a 305-mile range (not available with all-wheel drive); Evolve-Plus ($50,190 with front-wheel drive, $54,190 with all-wheel drive), with a range of 289 or 272 miles, respectively; Empower-Plus FWD ($53,690) with 289 miles range; Platinum-Plus AWD ($60,190) with a range of 267 miles.

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There’s also a Platinum-Plus AWD model with 20-inch wheels (also $60,190), which has a range of 257 miles. Platinum models do not come with two-wheel drive.

This vehicle also helps Nissan leverage its strength as an electric vehicle pioneer and innovator, which began when the automaker introduced the LEAF electric vehicle more than a decade ago. To date, the LEAF has achieved global sales of approximately 600,000 cars.

Nissan says the Ariya – pronounced “AIR-ee-uh” – is Nissan’s ultimate expression of style and technology, complementing each other in terms of beauty and function.

It’s a strikingly attractive car, and its design represents a significant redefinition of Nissan’s design philosophy, says the automaker.

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This new philosophy is based on what Nissan calls “Timeless Japanese Futurism,” which “characterizes a distinctly Japanese approach conveyed in a simple yet modern and powerful way.”

What matters to consumers is that it doesn’t have a weird look that automatically screams, “I’m an electric car.” This seems to be something Toyota has finally learned with its flagship Prius hybrid electric car.

Nissan says the Ariya’s all-electric drive system is an example of the seamless integration of advanced electric vehicle technology, increasing power delivery, charging capabilities and extended range.

All models come with a fast charging port, and when connected to the most powerful charging source, they can be recharged from a 20% change to an 80% charge in less than 35 minutes.

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Using a Level 2 charger, as most people do at home, a zero-to-100% recharge can range from 10.5 to 14 hours, with the longer period required for a larger battery.

The Ariya is actually a lot of fun to drive, especially with the instant power you’ll get when you touch the throttle from a standstill. Because electric motors don’t need to be “buffered” to develop their full power, all of the Ariya’s 221 pound-feet of torque is available from the get-go.

Published power is 214 hp for base Engage models and 238 for the rest.

Control is nimble, and the steering is precise and predictable. The car handles curves with complete ease, hugging the road almost like a sports car.

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Driving comfort is also of high quality, and with the electric drive system, the cabin is quieter than it would be with the internal combustion engine under the hood. The electric motor is silent at any speed.

Nissan says that by specifically managing power output and braking performance for smoothness and stability, e-4ORCE enhances driver confidence by following a directed driving line on almost any road surface.

However, we did not test the all-wheel drive version.

All models have the Nissan Safety Shield 360 package as standard equipment. Includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, and high beam assist.

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It also comes with Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Lane Intervention, and Blind Spot Intervention.

The Ariya comes with a 12.3-inch color touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard across the board. There’s also a 12.4-inch TFT instrument panel with an advanced driving assistance display.

Also standard are driver and front passenger knee airbags, and rear seat-mounted external side-impact airbags.

The Intelligent Around View Monitor is included on the Evolve and higher trim levels.

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There’s room for up to five passengers, and there’s 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seat. With the rear seatback folded down, that expands to 59.7 cubic feet.

Other technologies include e-Pedal, which allows the driver to use one pedal for more than 90 percent of daily driving, including most braking operations. But the conventional brake pedal should still be used when rapid or violent braking is necessary.

With e-Pedal, when the driver takes his foot off the accelerator, the car will come to a complete stop without the driver having to press the brake pedal. To activate the e-pedal, the driver must pull back the switch on the center console upon initial start-up. But it does not remain active once the car is turned off, it returns to the “off” position by default.

Of course, the e-throttle also doesn’t take over and slow down the car if radar cruise control is active and the driver moves his foot off the accelerator.

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Using the e-pedal most of the time, I found that in most driving conditions, I didn’t really need to use the brake pedal. Nissan says the brake lights turn on when the electronic pedal stops the car.

ProPilot Assist offers a combination of radar/adaptive cruise control, automatic forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, steering assist, intelligent lane intervention, high-beam assist, and an electric parking brake.

Once activated, which happens when you press a button on the right side of the steering wheel, ProPilot Assist can keep the Ariya centered in its lane on the highway. But it will be disconnected if the driver takes his hands off the steering wheel for more than a few seconds.

With this system, if the vehicle in front stops, the system will apply the brakes to bring the vehicle to a complete stop if necessary, and after stopping, the vehicle will remain in place even if the driver’s foot takes off the brake pedal.

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When traffic starts moving again, the car will start moving if the driver touches the cruise control switch or gently presses the accelerator pedal.

The front console has dual cup holders between the front seats, allowing for a storage tray at the base of the console for smartphones and wallets. There is also a 12V power outlet and a USB port.

Splash guards ($275) and carpeted floor mats ($205) were the only options available on the Ariya.

The total sticker price for the 2023 Nissan Ariya Venture-Plus front-wheel-drive model was $49,035, including shipping and options.

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G. Chambers Williams III’s automotive columns have appeared regularly in the Express-News since 2000. Contact him at chambers@auto-writer.com Or on X (formerly Twitter) @gchambers3. His driving partner Emma-Jane Williams contributed to this report.

2023 Nissan Ariya

There's room for up to five people in the all-electric Nissan Ariya crossover.

There’s room for up to five people in the all-electric Nissan Ariya crossover.

Nissan North America

Package: A compact, five-door, five-passenger, electric-powered, front-wheel drive crossover.

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Highlights: Nissan introduced the Ariya as its second fully electric car and first EV crossover model. Range on a full battery charge can be as high as 304 miles or as low as 205 miles, depending on the model chosen.

The car has plenty of power, plenty of standard and optional features, and a spacious interior.

Negatives: Long road trips can be a challenge with battery range.

Motors: 160 kW AC synchronous electric motor (basic sharing model); 178 kW engine (all other models).

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moving in: Single speed.

Power/Torque: 214 hp/221 lb-ft (base); 238 hp/221 lb-ft (all other models).

Tare weight range: 4,323-4,608 pounds.

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Brakes, front/rear: Disc/dial, anti-lock.

Shipment size: 22.8 cubic feet (behind rear seat); 59.7 cubic feet (rear seatback folded).

Side airbags: Mounted on the front seat; Ceiling mounted side curtain for both rows.

Electronic stability control: standard.

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Fuel capacity/type: 63 kWh lithium-ion battery pack (base Engage models); 87 kWh lithium-ion battery pack (all other models).

Basic price range: $43,190 – $60,190, plus $1,365 shipping (before any state or federal tax rebates/credits, if available).

Price as tested: $49,035, including freight and options (2023 Ariya Venture-Plus).

Rating on the road: 8.2 (out of 10 possible).

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Prices shown are manufacturer’s suggested retail prices; Actual selling price may vary.

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