2023 Nissan Ariya First Test: Leaf Take Two?
The Nissan Leaf became the first electric car to be widely available to Americans. Since internal combustion engine powered vehicles took off a century earlier compact Cube and efficient. We dubbed it remarkably unremarkable in the best possible way, a long 12 years later and after numerous manufacturers have launched multiple entrants into the f space. The leaf finally has an electric stable made in the Nissan lineup. The question is the 2023 Nissan REO electric SUV. Remarkably unremarkable, or will it stand out in an increasingly crowded field, whats the Nissan Aryan, although the leaf was always sort of a niche vehicle for American buyers? The Aria is aimed at the heart of the American SUV Market size like the compact Rogue, but offering mid sized Murano levels of interior space. The Aria is the first Nissan to run on the companys new cmff platform. The Aria specs likely wont, raise the eyebrows of early adopters but theyre instead, roughly analogous to the four cylinder powered compact, crossovers Nissan expects. Most Aria buyers will be swapping out of the Aria launches with a 91 kilowatt hour battery pack and a front mounted motor good for 238 horsepower and 221 pounds to foot of torque a healthy power bump over the comparable rope. The automaker also plans to offer a dual motor all wheel, drive version with 389 horsepower and 442 pounds to foot of torque, as well as an entry level model with a smaller 66 kilowatt hour battery pack, the front drive large battery Aria Venture plus, which starts at 47 125 dollars will be the range champ of the lineup with an EPA estimated range of 304 miles.
Our mid level 2023 Aria Empower plus test vehicle 47 125 dollars to start about. Fifty four thousand dollars is equipped with the same battery and motor setup is rated for 289 miles while base small battery slash front drive models are rated for 216 miles, dual motor models, arent rated yet, but expect about 265 miles of range with a large battery pack. While the Arias range is respectable, its peak charge rate of just 130 kilowatts isnt, particularly impressive Rivals like the Ford Mustang Maki reach 150 kilowatts, while the Hyundai ioniq 5 and Kia ev6 hit 235 kilowatts, the general rule of thumb for Shoppers new to EVS. Generally speaking, the higher the peak charge rate the less time youll spend Tethered on a road trip. Unlike the leaf, the Aria fast charge is using the common ccs1 connector. Instead of Nissans preferred and increasingly rare State side chat, ammo plug whats. The area like to drive. First, the acceleration and braking numbers you can skip the next two paragraphs if youd like to go straight into the more subjective stuff like the leaf, the Aria isnt, a numbers car our front wheel, drive test SUV accelerated from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 7.5 Seconds and cover the quarter mile in 15.8 seconds at 92.9 miles per per hour, although its quicker than many of its internal combustion Rivals thats slower than all of its electric competition of comparably equipped single motor electric SUVs. The Aria is closest to the Volkswagen id4, which hits 60 miles per hour in 7.
3 seconds and runs the quarter mile in 15.8 seconds at 88.8 miles per hour. The ev6 GT line and Mustang Maki California Route 1 Edition are quicker still hitting 60 miles per hour. In 6.5 and 6.3 seconds, respectively and crossing the quarter mile in 15.0 seconds at 95.0 miles per hour and 14.8 seconds at 96.8 miles per hour. If speed is your thing and you want an aria, youll likely want to wait for the dual motor version. The Aria is similarly average in our braking and handling courses. It breaks from 60 to zero miles per hour and 128 feet. The id4, ev6 and Maki all come in at 123 or 124 feet and it laps the Figure 8 and 27.6 seconds and in 0.61 grams average, far behind the Kia and Ford, but just edging out the Volkswagen. But the Aria clearly isnt about outright performance. Its engineered in many ways to be a comfortable compact crossover that just so happens to be electric on that front. It succeeds acceleration isnt back snapping, but the Aria pulls away with the sort of confidence inspiring authority of a torqui V6, and it is good passing power. Many EVS feature a full one pedal driving mode that allows the driver to accelerate and Brake with just the throttle. But the Aria unfortunately doesnt its e step, modups regenerative, braking but its incapable by design of actually bringing the Aria to a stop more annoying than having to press the Nissans mushy brake pedal is the fact that the pedal automatically moves in e step mode making.
It feel like the brake pedal is trying to escape your right foot when youre slowing down the Aria rides and steers reasonably well. On the latter front. Initial turn in is surprisingly quick. That makes the Nissan fun when negotiating traffic, but the overall feel is otherwise numb when going down the road. The ride is comfortable, but there is a fair bit of body motion over Expansion, Joints, potholes and curves all wheel, drive Reas can vary motor, torque front and rear to control the bodys pitch. The front drive version would benefit from some mitigation strategies too. The best part about the Aria is the latest version of Pro pilot assist. The Advanced Driver Aid punches well above its weight. It confidently holds its line through bends accelerates and breaks, as a human would, and can even change lanes automatically its not quite GM super cruise. But its close, would you like to see inside the Arias driving Dynamics may be forgettable, but its interior isnt, the open and Airy cabin is lovely to look at and be in. Even if the execution isnt exactly nailed, the interior incorporates quality feeling materials, dual screens a flat floor and novel features such as a power operated, stash drawer, built into the dash a power sliding center console and would like trim with integrated touch buttons similar to BMWs approach. With the knife, the Aria could use a little polish, though the wood buttons, for example, wash out and direct sunlight and dont, always respond the first time you press them.
Similarly, the stash drawer in the dash is incredibly useful, but you must press and hold one of the touch points on the wood panel to get the delicate feeling drawer to slowly motor out of the dash. Also, if you drive with it, open a likely possibility, since there isnt a ton of storage up front the button flashes at you angrily, the power operated center console is of limited utility. Two. Not only does it sit far higher than the door mounted arm rests but motoring it backward both takes up rear passenger space and makes it easier for your passengers items to slide into the drivers feet. Both the console and the drawer would likely be more useful if they were manually operated, even if some of the tech doesnt work as well as it could. The Aria package is practical. The front buckets are cushy and couch like perfect for long stints in the saddle, while the back is adult friendly and A Fine Place to spend time. Even if the floor is a bit high due to the battery underneath, despite the aggressive Fastback roofline, the trunk is also spacious, with Nissans handy divide and hide panels boosting its versatility. The only thing that could make the Aria more practical would be if it included a front like some of its Rivals. Do is the Nissan Aria, a good car at this stage and unless the dual motor variant Changes Things We Fear the new Aria will suffer.
The same fate as the leaf before in its current state, this remarkably unremarkable electric SUV, isnt particularly competitive when it comes to its performance or most of its Tech. Even so, it is a stylish and practical electric alternative to EVS, like the id4and, perhaps more important, mainstream crossovers such as the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CRV. Ultimately, maybe, following in the Leafs tire tracks, isnt such a bad thing. After all, after two generations and counting it remains among the best selling EVS in the world. Maybe unremarkable is enough.