Nissan Appears To Be Fumbling the Ariya Release After Nailing the Leaf

The Nissan Ariya seems to be not doing so well at replacing the famous Leaf.
Written by Andrew Kidd
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
After more than a decade on the streets, the all-electric
Nissan Leaf
finally has a supposed replacement—but its price point might raise some hackles for prospective buyers. Here’s what’s going on with the
Nissan
Ariya. 

More money, 'meh' range

As
Autoblog
reports, the
2023 Nissan Ariya
is much more expensive than the vehicle it's replacing, while orders have been frozen since May because of ongoing supply chain issues. 
Which is lucky for them, considering those who preordered received special pricing.
Starting at an MSRP of $43,190, the 2023 Nissan Ariya crossover comes in six different trims with various drive and battery options. The base FWD Engage model produces 214 horsepower with an estimated driving range of around 216 miles on a full charge.
For $36,000, you could have snagged a Nissan Leaf SV Plus, which boasts a range of about 212 miles on a charge. This means for a vehicle replacing the Leaf, the Ariya seems to deliver a lot less for the price if range is your main consideration.
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You get what you pay for

If you want more power and range, you're going to have to shell out a bit more.
If you upgrade to Nissan's e-4orce all-wheel-drive system, the Ariya's range is significantly reduced to 205 miles, and its output increases to 335 horsepower.
With a range of 304 miles, the Ariya Venture+ FWD has the longest range available and starts at $47,190—which places it competitively among other new long-range electric vehicles on the market.
If you're looking for more oomph, the 389-horsepower Engage+ e-4orce AWD can go 270 miles before needing a charge—for $51,190.
The Platinum+ is the most expensive model, coming in at an MSRP of $60,190. This model boasts 389 horsepower, but with its optional 19-inch wheels, the range rating drops to 265 miles.

No tax incentives

If you're looking for federal tax savings, you're out of luck. The Nissan Ariya is built in Japan, meaning it's not eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit under the revised guidelines set forth by the Inflation Reduction Act.
Front-wheel-drive variants of the Nissan Ariya will hit dealer lots this fall, with certain AWD variants to come in 2023.

The end of the Leaf?

The
Nissan Leaf
has the distinction of being the first sub-$40k mass-market electric vehicle to hit dealerships, preceding the Tesla Model S by about two years. 
Since then, it had pretty much dominated in terms of popularity and pricing until Chevrolet launched the
Bolt
, which sold twice as many units in its first full year as the Leaf. Some additional price-cutting later, and Nissan couldn't keep up.
Nissan's electric vehicle marketing director recently stated that the Leaf is here to stay, though in what form is yet to be seen. A report from
CNET
seems to indicate that it could evolve into a larger SUV. Until then, we'll see how Nissan handles the Ariya.

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