Nissan has announced that its first
electriccrossover SUV will be hitting the markets later this year, and Consumer Reports is full of praise for this car. The buzz is all about the Ariya, which is a mid-sized, two-row SUV around the same size as the
Nissan Roguethat will start out at $46,000 with a range of 300 miles.
Nissan was quick to get into the electric vehicle (EV) market back in 2011 with the
Leaf. But, due to its small range and awkward driving position, it never really took off. However, Consumer Reports is pointing to the Nissan Ariya EV as a car to watch in the next couple of years.
With the Ariya, Nissan should gain a competitive edge in the EV market, though many predict it will quickly become a crowded field, with new EV SUVs emerging at a rapid pace. It will be competing with Subaru's Soterra, Hyundai’s Ioniq 5, Tesla’s Model Y, and Toyota’s bZ4X.
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Powertrain and range
The 183-inch-long Ariya will be offered in a couple of different configurations: front-wheel-drive with a single motor and 238 hp, or all-wheel-drive with two motors and 389 hp called the e-4ORCE. Both should have an 87-kWh battery.
If you opt for the single motor version with the base trim level, the Venture+, the range will be about 300 miles, according to Nissan.
The highest trim model, the AWD Platinum+, will take the range down to 265 miles. In between, the two middle trim levels with front-wheel drive, the Ariya Evolve+ and the Premiere, have a range of 285 miles. The front-wheel-drive versions will be released first, with the AWD models to follow later.
Car and Driverestimates the AWD model will go from 0 to 60 in a relatively quick 5 seconds, with the front-wheel-drive model being slightly slower.
What does the Nissan Ariya look like?
The futuristic-looking Ariya has a low-slung style with stylized lines.
Consumer Reportssays the Ariya is “smoother but much more generic and less angular Nissan Murano SUV, with slim, futuristic headlights.”
It is a handsome car, with a sporty look and a broad profile. It features a lit Nissan logo on the front and a solid black simulated grille space for a unique front end look. The back features a spoiler and a horizontal tail light with the Nissan name stretched out beneath it in the taillight assembly. The interior follows the same minimalistic style.
On the interior, Nissan’s goal was to create an interior that evokes a spa-like experience. Zero gravity seats in front and back, comfortable legroom in the back due to the flat floor, horizontal bronze trim, and ambient LED lighting under the dash contribute to the calming atmosphere. Nissan describes it as a minimalist, uncluttered style.
Most buttons have been eliminated, with both the driver’s instruments and the infotainment contained in two 12.3-inch horizontal digital screens. To help wean drivers off buttons, the screens are equipped with haptic feedback, allowing a click or a buzzing sensation to happen when different digital buttons are selected, much like a smartphone.
We would expect modern electric vehicles to have top of the line technology and safety features, and the Ariya doesn’t disappoint.
Nissan says their Safety Shield 360 comes standard on the Ariya. This encompasses the Active Driver Assistance Systems, including auto braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beam lights, pedestrian detection, warnings for blind spots, lane departure, and forward collisions, among other features.
Nissan also offers ProPilot Assist 2.0 to allow semi-autonomous driving features with hands-free highway driving. Don’t worry! It comes with warning features to keep the driver focused when needed.
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