While Tesla may have dominated the narrative for the electric vehicle (EV) market for nearly a decade, they have seen themselves dethroned as competition has entered the scene and is shaking up the weak foundation Tesla had built its brand upon. The Nissan Ariya has targeted the Tesla Model Y in the electric crossover SUV sector and is out for blood, bringing similar features, a refreshed aesthetic, and a competitive price. Read below for a full breakdown and quick comparison of these two competing EVs.
Tesla Model Y Vs. Nissan Ariya Aesthetics
The Tesla Model Y and Nissan Ariya may be in the same class, but they are vastly different aesthetically. The Model Y has a traditionalistic approach to its exterior and doesn't do anything to push the envelope. Conversely, the Nissan Ariya has an aggressive design that cuts an impressive profile and a curb appeal that will turn heads.
Inside, both vehicles have similar sizes but with different execution. Tesla is known for its monolithic central consoles and minimalistic futuristic interior. Nissan Ariya vehicles sport a synthetic wood finish and soft touch buttons that upgrade the traditional switch design in older model vehicles. While comparable, the interiors have one significant difference, which is the undeniably superior comfort of Nissan's patented 'zero gravity' seats. These bucket-style seats reduce fatigue and provide lumbar support making Nissan vehicles more comfortable than anything Tesla can deliver.
Tesla Model Y Vs. Nissan Ariya Performance
When considering an EV, the most crucial factor for many purchasers is the vehicle's overall range, performance, and charge time. The Nissan Ariya is a high performer with the following specifications:
- 90-kwh battery and front-wheel-drive,
- 300-mile driving range a
- 214 horsepower and 221 ft-lb of torque
- Charge times range from 10%-100% in 10 at 220V, 1.5h at 440V
Newer Tesla Model Y Vehicles include:
- Charge times: 11.5 to 11.8h at 220V and around 50 min at 440V
- Short Range, Performance, Model:
- 291-mile of range
- 450 horsepower
- 471 ft-lb of torque
- Long Range Model:
- 316 miles of range
- 384 horsepower
- 375 ft-lb of torque
Overall the Nissan Ariya and Tesla Model Y are incredibly similar and depend heavily on the model trim.
Tesla Model Y Vs. Nissan Ariya Technology
Tesla is well known for having incredible technology, and the Model Y is no different. However, the Tesla lineup of vehicles hasn't improved its tech for several years. It has a single monolithic screen that controls every feature of the SUV and comes standard with Tesla's Autopilot features. Conversely, the Nissan Ariya takes it a step further by sporting two 12" screens and its own driver assistance technologies. Both models have Apple Car Play, Android Auto, and wireless phone charging.
Tesla Model Y Vs. Nissan Ariya, The Deciding Factor
Finally, despite being incredibly similar, there is one significant difference between the Nissan Ariya and Tesla Model Y: the price. Whether you purchase a new or used Model Y is roughly $10,000 more expensive than the Nissan Ariya.
Tesla Model Y Vs. Nissan Ariya Conclusion
Overall, the choice between the Nissan Ariya and Tesla Model Y is an easy one. With similar technology, some of the highest-rated safety, driver assistance programs, and a far fairer price point, the Nissan Ariya is our choice for the best compact electric SUV.
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