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I just read the CNET Review here: The 2023 Nissan Ariya EV Is Late to the Party but Worth Your Attention

The part that disappoints me:

Nissan specifically tuned the Ariya to make it feel as much like a gas car as possible, mimicking the acceleration characteristics of, say, a Rogue. That means you don't get the typical EV rush of instant torque while pulling away from a stoplight or while merging onto the freeway. Instead, speed builds progressively, with Nissan estimating a 7.2-second 0-to-60-mph time for the single-motor, front-wheel-drive Ariya. If you do feel the need for speed, Nissan will add a dual-motor setup in a few months, which is expected to be much quicker.

Unlike the Nissan Leaf, which was known for its one-pedal driving, the Ariya doesn't offer enough regenerative braking to bring the car to a stop. You can turn the E-Pedal on and off via a button on the console, but there aren't selectable levels of regen. Also -- and super annoyingly -- the Ariya does that thing where it automatically moves the brake pedal in line with the amount of regen being applied, which takes a long time to get used to and makes it so the amount of pressure you apply to the pedal with your foot is inconsistent. I hate this feature -- Mercedes-Benz does it, too -- and hope it's something other companies don't adopt.
I love how the Ariya looks. I love the interior cabin design. I love the features (cooled seats, panoramic sunroof that opens, HUD, etc...). But every time I read a review I don't like the sound of how it drives. I am always left thinking "I hope the e-4orce models have more oomph".

Anyway, read the review and decide what you think.
 

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RWD EVs are notoriously slow. The Ioniq 5, Ev6, ID.4 RWD trims are mid/upper 7s for 0 to 60 and basically no quicker than an ICE SUV.

Personally I prefer RWD EVs that are in the upper 5s like the Mach-E, Model 3 RWD, Lyriq, etc. as you need some passing/merging power. I found my 2021 ID.4 RWD (sold ages ago) was pretty underpowered and when I test drove the 2022 AWD it felt a tad overpowered.
 

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I think it's intended for people replacing Rav4 (best selling non truck in the US), Rogue, base Lexus SUV, and similar cars. Anyone wanting more power can get the AWD, but the FWD is at least as fast or faster than most of these other cars. Most reviews comment on the quiet ride. I'm looking for a highway commute vehicle, so in my case acceleration only needs to be at least as good, but it's probably faster than my current commute car. Having it be quiet for long highway driving would really be more beneficial to me. I don't care for the touch controls, but this vehicle has most of the features I want compared to what's out there. I think it will be more reliable too.

The AWD is supposed to be faster than 5 seconds at 0 to 60, which is similar or faster than V6 Mustangs or Camaros, but this is an SUV not a sports car.
 

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Ariya 87kWh owner here (since last week), previously a Leaf 42kWh driver. When I saw the first proper reviews on the Ariya that mentioned the lack of one pedal driving, I couldn't believe it. I always used e-Pedal in the Leaf and really enjoyed how I could basically never use the brake pedal. Now that I've driven the Ariya for a week, I can tell you it takes a little getting used to (as much as getting used to e-Pedal in the first place), but I now just drive in D without e-Pedal, and it's fine. Sure it's not that typical EV feeling, but honestly it doesn't make a difference in terms of comfort or enjoyability. I've been there, done that. The novelty is gone and driving in D like an ICE with automatic gearbox is fine.

What I did have to get used to (and still am not quite used to) is the auto-hold brake. With one pedal driving, you basically let go of all pedals and you're at a standstill. With the Ariya, you have to brake until standstill, then hold it for a second or 2 to engage the auto-hold. I would like for the auto-hold to be a tad more "aggressive", because I often let go of the brake pedal too soon and the car starts rolling again. I'm sure I'll get used to that though.

As for performance, it's very similar to the Leaf. I haven't tried racing other cars from standstill (yet) but unless it's an old or heavy ICE, I probably won't win it. In the Leaf I'd get left behind by a Toyota Yaris (hybrid), simply because of the weight and inability to get that torque on the road (the Leaf slips very quickly). I expect the Ariya is not much different in that regard because it's even heavier and has similar performance (just has more power to compensate for being heavier) to the Leaf. That said, when you're driving on a highway, you will enjoy that extra power and the Ariya is quick to accelerate (e.g. for merging and overtaking). Overall the Ariya is not slow at all, but if you're looking for a "fast" car to win a drag race then the Ariya is not for you. Luckily I've done plenty of that in the Leaf so I've had my fun already.

Overall I am super happy with the Ariya. It drives really well (confident, comfortable, silent), looks amazing (seriously imposing in person) and is very spacious. The suspension is great and I love the seats. I like the rims much better than I thought I would. The "kick to open trunk" works well (contrary to e.g. my brother's Polestar 2). I haven't had a chance to test the matrix headlights, but according to Bjørn Nyland they are really good too. Android Auto works flawlessly (contrary to the Leaf where it'd freeze or crash every 10 minutes on average). The HUD is really good.

I really would've like to get the Audi e-tron Sportback (in Navarra Blue) but that one's out of my price range. Luckily, the Ariya is a lot like the e-tron. It's a similar size, has somewhat similar looks and the Pearl Blue is quite similar to Navarra Blue as well. The e-tron is known to have an excellent charging curve, so does the Ariya. I actually like the minimalistic look of the Ariya dashboard better than the Audi's. Added benefit (for now at least) is that there's not many Ariya's around (only a handful in the Netherlands currently).

Does the Ariya have shortcomings? Sure. I would've liked an upgrade in zero-to-60 time over the Leaf, but alas. The electrified glovebox is a gimmick, I would prefer a regular one. The center console has hardly any storage space (though maybe that's a good thing, I only had junk in there anyway). The trim above the doors is a bit too outspoken for my taste (I'd prefer the dark gray of the Ariya badge on the back). The trunk is only so-so for a car of this size, but a big step up from the Leaf. I would've liked for the charging port to be on the driver's side, but I understand why they did it this way (for streetside charging).

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Ariya 87kWh owner here (since last week), previously a Leaf 42kWh driver. When I saw the first proper reviews on the Ariya that mentioned the lack of one pedal driving, I couldn't believe it. I always used e-Pedal in the Leaf and really enjoyed how I could basically never use the brake pedal. Now that I've driven the Ariya for a week, I can tell you it takes a little getting used to (as much as getting used to e-Pedal in the first place), but I now just drive in D without e-Pedal, and it's fine. Sure it's not that typical EV feeling, but honestly it doesn't make a difference in terms of comfort or enjoyability. I've been there, done that. The novelty is gone and driving in D like an ICE with automatic gearbox is fine.

What I did have to get used to (and still am not quite used to) is the auto-hold brake. With one pedal driving, you basically let go of all pedals and you're at a standstill. With the Ariya, you have to brake until standstill, then hold it for a second or 2 to engage the auto-hold. I would like for the auto-hold to be a tad more "aggressive", because I often let go of the brake pedal too soon and the car starts rolling again. I'm sure I'll get used to that though.

As for performance, it's very similar to the Leaf. I haven't tried racing other cars from standstill (yet) but unless it's an old or heavy ICE, I probably won't win it. In the Leaf I'd get left behind by a Toyota Yaris (hybrid), simply because of the weight and inability to get that torque on the road (the Leaf slips very quickly). I expect the Ariya is not much different in that regard because it's even heavier and has similar performance (just has more power to compensate for being heavier) to the Leaf. That said, when you're driving on a highway, you will enjoy that extra power and the Ariya is quick to accelerate (e.g. for merging and overtaking). Overall the Ariya is not slow at all, but if you're looking for a "fast" car to win a drag race then the Ariya is not for you. Luckily I've done plenty of that in the Leaf so I've had my fun already.

Overall I am super happy with the Ariya. It drives really well (confident, comfortable, silent), looks amazing (seriously imposing in person) and is very spacious. The suspension is great and I love the seats. I like the rims much better than I thought I would. The "kick to open trunk" works well (contrary to e.g. my brother's Polestar 2). I haven't had a chance to test the matrix headlights, but according to Bjørn Nyland they are really good too. Android Auto works flawlessly (contrary to the Leaf where it'd freeze or crash every 10 minutes on average). The HUD is really good.

I really would've like to get the Audi e-tron Sportback (in Navarra Blue) but that one's out of my price range. Luckily, the Ariya is a lot like the e-tron. It's a similar size, has somewhat similar looks and the Pearl Blue is quite similar to Navarra Blue as well. The e-tron is known to have an excellent charging curve, so does the Ariya. I actually like the minimalistic look of the Ariya dashboard better than the Audi's. Added benefit (for now at least) is that there's not many Ariya's around (only a handful in the Netherlands currently).

Does the Ariya have shortcomings? Sure. I would've liked an upgrade in zero-to-60 time over the Leaf, but alas. The electrified glovebox is a gimmick, I would prefer a regular one. The center console has hardly any storage space (though maybe that's a good thing, I only had junk in there anyway). The trim above the doors is a bit too outspoken for my taste (I'd prefer the dark gray of the Ariya badge on the back). The trunk is only so-so for a car of this size, but a big step up from the Leaf. I would've liked for the charging port to be on the driver's side, but I understand why they did it this way (for streetside charging).

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Thanks for the review. What do you get for the range and avg speed so far? Is the color Green available for your trim in the Netherlands?
I'm waiting for my Blue Evolve+ delivery in the US - I prefer Green Northern Light Metallic but it's not available online for the Evolve+.
 
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