2024 Nissan Ariya Review

2024 Nissan Ariya Review

As the era of the fully-electric Nissan Leaf comes to a close, the new Nissan Ariya steps in. It outshines the outgoing Leaf with superior space, range, power, and style. Available in both front- and all-wheel drive versions, the Ariya boasts an EPA-estimated range spanning from 265 to 304 miles, depending on the chosen model and battery pack. Its most robust configuration offers an impressive 389 horsepower. Nissan has elevated the interior to a level of elegance previously unseen, featuring wood-trim pieces and haptic buttons on the dashboard. However, while the Ariya’s interior is luxurious, it might lack the exhilarating elements some competitors offer. Moreover, its maximum DC-fast charging rate of 130 kW falls behind rivals like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, which boast faster recharging capabilities of up to 230 kW.

What’s New for 2024 Enhancements?

2024 Nissan Ariya Enhancements

For the 2024 model, Nissan retains the all-electric Ariya without introducing any significant changes.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

Regarding pricing and the recommended purchase choice, the Ariya positions itself above the Leaf and other budget-friendly electric vehicles but below the base cost of the Tesla Model Y. Notably, the entry-level Ariya Engage comes with a smaller battery pack, offering an estimated driving range of 216 miles, which is less than the other available trims. Transitioning from gasoline to electric vehicles usually places significant emphasis on driving range. Therefore, opting for the Venture+ trim appears to be a suitable choice, providing the longest driving range among Ariya’s four trim levels at 304 miles per charge.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

In contrast to the soon-to-be-retired Leaf, which exclusively features front-wheel drive, Nissan introduces elements derived from other vehicles, such as the torque-split system from the GT-R sports car. This inclusion facilitates an optional all-wheel drive achieved through a dual-front/rear-electric-motor setup. The front-wheel drive variant, subject to our testing, achieved the 0-60 mph sprint in 7.5 seconds. However, the more potent e-4ORCE all-wheel-drive Ariya model outshines significantly in performance. During our test trials, the e-4ORCE Platinum+ version surged from zero to 60 mph in a mere 5.0 seconds, akin to high-end electric vehicles. While the Ariya delivers a serene and stable ride, appealing to most consumers, it lacks the spirited driving dynamics favored by enthusiasts.

Range, Charging, and Battery Life

The Venture+ trim represents a substantial advancement in range, offering an impressive 304 miles on a single charge. This is a significant improvement from the Leaf’s maximum range of 226 miles. For the front-wheel drive Evolve+, Empower+, and Premiere variants, the driving range extends up to 289 miles per charge, while the top-tier Platinum+ model suggests a range of up to 265 miles. Opting for the base Engage trim involves a trade-off in range due to its smaller battery pack, which provides a rating of 216 miles per charge. By selecting the optional dual-motor all-wheel drive system, the Ariya achieves a maximum driving range of 272 miles.

During our test on the 75 mph highway fuel economy route, the front-wheel-drive Empower+ model showcased a range of 240 miles, while the e-4ORCE Platinum+ model yielded a slightly lower figure of 210 miles in the same test. The Ariya accommodates charging via home outlets of 110 or 240 volts, public charging stations, and efficient DC fast-charging ports.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe

As per the EPA ratings, the Venture+ model emerges as the most fuel-efficient Ariya, boasting a rating of 111 MPGe in the city and 95 MPGe on the highway. During our test at a 75-mph highway speed in a front-wheel drive Empower+ model, we recorded an efficiency of 84 MPGe. For further details about the Ariya’s fuel economy, we recommend checking the EPA’s official website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

2024 Nissan Ariya Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The Ariya’s interior embodies a futuristic and minimalistic design. Nissan has embraced a button-less approach, emphasizing a smooth and uncluttered dashboard to complement the vehicle’s sleek exterior design. Although Nissan has aimed for a departure from traditional automotive interiors, the minimalist style appears to be the primary distinctive feature. However, it doesn’t diminish the fact that the cabin offers a pleasant environment. The interior’s flat, low floor contributes to a spacious ambience, and the incorporation of Nissan’s comfortable zero-gravity seats enhances the experience. While the rear seat space may be slightly more restricted compared to the front, it still offers comfort and adequate room for a pair of adults, making it suitable even for extended journeys.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Twin 12.3-inch displays function as both the digital gauge cluster and the infotainment screen in the Ariya. Standard features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and in-dash navigation. For added convenience, wireless smartphone charging and a head-up display are optional offerings. The infotainment system is equipped with Amazon Alexa and a built-in voice assistant, enhancing its user-friendly functionality.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The Ariya offers the optional ProPilot 2.0, Nissan’s second-generation driver-assistance technology. This system enables drivers to briefly disengage their hands from the wheel under specific driving circumstances, and in our trials, it demonstrated effective performance. For comprehensive details on Ariya’s crash test outcomes, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. The key safety features encompass:

  • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
  • Available adaptive cruise control featuring a hands-free driving mode

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

The Ariya benefits from the same fundamental warranty package as the Lear, which comprises a robust bumper-to-bumper policy and extensive battery protection extending for eight years or up to 100,000 miles.

  • The limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles.
  • The powertrain warranty spans five years or 60,000 miles.
  • Battery warranty encompasses eight years or 100,000 miles.
  • There’s no provision for complimentary scheduled maintenance.

Specifications

Here are the complete specifications of the 2024 Nissan Ariya:

Name 2023 Nissan Ariya Empower 2023 Nissan Ariya e-4ORCE Platinum+
Vehicle Type front-motor, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon front- and rear-motor, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
PRICE Base/As Tested: $54,985/$57,850

Options: 19-inch wheels, $1900; two-tone paint, $350; garage door opener, $365; floor mats, $250.

Base/As Tested: $61,525/$62,770
POWERTRAIN Motor: current-excited synchronous AC

Power: 238 hp

Torque: 221 lb-ft

Battery Pack: liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 87.0 kWh

Onboard Charger: 7.2 kW

Peak DC Fast-Charge Rate: 130 kW

Transmission: single-speed direct-drive

Front Motor: current-excited synchronous AC

Rear Motor: current-excited synchronous AC

Combined Power: 389 hp

Combined Torque: 442 lb-ft

Battery Pack: liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 87.0 kWh

Onboard Charger: 7.2 kW

Peak DC Fast-Charge Rate: 130 kW

Transmissions, F/R: direct-drive

CHASSIS Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink

Brakes, F/R: 13.8-in vented disc/13.0-in vented disc

Tires: Dunlop Grandtrek PT21

235/55R-19 101V M+S

Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink

Brakes, F/R: 14.3-in vented disc/13.0-in vented disc

Tires: Bridgestone Alenza Sport A/S

255/45R-20 101V M+S

DIMENSIONS Wheelbase: 109.3 in

Length: 182.9 in

Width: 74.8 in

Height: 65.4 in

Passenger Volume: 96 ft3

Cargo Volume, F/R: 60/23 ft3

Curb Weight: 4726 lb

Wheelbase: 109.3 in

Length: 182.9 in

Width: 74.8 in

Height: 65.7 in

Passenger Volume, F/R: 53/44 ft3

Cargo Volume, Behind F/R: 60/23 ft3

Curb Weight: 5087 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS 60 mph: 7.5 sec

1/4-Mile: 15.9 sec @ 92 mph

100 mph: 19.0 sec

Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.4 sec.

Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 7.5 sec

Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.7 sec

Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.8 sec

Top Speed (gov ltd): 103 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 168 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.85 g

60 mph: 5.0 sec

100 mph: 11.4 sec

1/4-Mile: 13.4 sec @ 108 mph

120 mph: 16.7 sec

Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 5.1 sec

Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.0 sec

Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 2.4 sec

Top Speed (gov ltd): 128 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 176 ft

Braking, 100–0 mph: 342 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.86 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY AND CHARGING Observed: 84 MPGe

75-mph Highway Range: 240 mi

Average DC Fast-Charge Rate, 10–90%: 99 kW

DC Fast-Charge Time, 10–90%: 40 min

75-mph Highway Driving: 74 MPGe

75-mph Highway Range: 210 mi

Average DC Fast-Charge Rate, 10–90%: 100 kW

DC Fast-Charge Time, 10–90%: 42 min

EPA FUEL ECONOMY Combined/City/Highway: 98/105/91 MPGe

Range: 289 mi

Combined/City/Highway: 90/93/87 MPGe

Range: 267 mi

Conclusion

The 2024 Nissan Ariya introduces a new chapter in Nissan’s electric vehicle lineup, offering impressive range, spaciousness, and a modern design. It embraces innovation with its cutting-edge technology and sleek interior, equipped with advanced infotainment and driver-assistance features. The various trim levels cater to a wide range of preferences, though the entry-level variant’s lower range might not meet everyone’s needs. Its acceleration and ride quality ensure a comfortable and smooth driving experience, though it may not be the choice for those seeking a more spirited drive. With its ProPilot system and competitive warranty, the Ariya stands as a well-equipped, stylish, and practical option in the electric SUV segment, poised to attract those seeking a balance between efficiency and modern comforts.

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