2023 Nissan Ariya Reservations Now Open

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

The Los Angeles Auto Show is upon us once again, and once again automakers hosted events the night before the media day. Some things don’t change, even if this time we had to wear masks indoors and fill out a form saying we didn’t have COVID, as far as we knew.

This is how I found myself standing in a rented mansion in the Hollywood Hills — one that had a stunning view of L.A. — clutching a plastic glass of wine and listening to actor Jay Ellis extol the virtues of the Nissan Ariya EV. All because reservations for the Ariya opened up officially on Tuesday night.

In a scripted exchange, Ellis whined to a Nissan exec that he couldn’t secure the first reservation for the Ariya because Brie Larson, the brand’s other actor/brand ambassador, had supposedly spoken for the first one.

Whether that’s true or not, if you, the non-celeb, want one, you can plunk down $500 (refundable) and stake your place in line.

You can also get a two-year free membership to EVgo and $500 in charging credits if you’re one of the first 10,000 to reserve a car before January 31, 2022.

There are four Ariya models from which to choose. All of them come with a 87 kWh liquid-cooled, lithium-ion battery, available ProPilot 2.0 Assist, Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 suite of driver-aid/safety tech, wireless Apple CarPlay, and wired Android Auto.

The base Venture+ model has front-wheel drive and starts at $45,950 and offers up to 300 miles of range. Power is listed at 283 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque.

The Evolve+ trim adds $3K and loses 15 miles of range. The Premiere FWD trim costs $53,450, while the top-trim Platinum+ e-4ORCE AWD has a dual-motor setup, 389 horsepower, 442 lb-ft of torque, 265 miles of range, and costs $58,950 to start. None of those prices include the $1,175 destination charge.

If you want a Premiere FWD, by the way, you must reserve it.

Deliveries are slated for the fall of 2022, with AWD models following the FWD cars.

[Images: Nissan]

Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Nov 17, 2021

    Regardless of what's happenings in LA in 2025 Chinese EVs will dominate US market. You have no idea what is coming.

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    • Kcflyer Kcflyer on Nov 18, 2021

      This, exactly. Decades of American politicians ignoring, schmoozing or outright selling out to China is about to be seen on full display as China takes over the US Auto manufacturing sector with their 3rd and soon 4th generation EVs.

  • Alex Mackinnon Alex Mackinnon on Nov 18, 2021

    I for one look forwards to these being released in a nice brown colour. Any adds in German will be on point. I can see it now "Die Ariya" from Nissan.

  • Bd2 I use my smartphone as a mirror to check my hair and contact lenses in the morning if that's what you're asking
  • 1995 SC I have it in one car. My other just has a normal Bluetooth connection. The later just works. I can take or leave car play at this point.
  • Buickman OnStar for me.
  • Fred My 2020 Fit has a great phone pairing system and Andriod Auto. However I never use AA and rarely pair my phone through BT. I listen to FM and have an old school XM receiver with a strong transmitter that I use daily.
  • MGS1995 Apple CarPlay is a must. Everything from maps to music, texting to phone calls. Agree with Syke, didn't know what I was missing until I used it.
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