Ariya vs Tesla EV Comparison


Ariya vs Tesla EV Side by Side Comparison

The Nissan Ariya enters the electric SUV market with an abstract design, an advanced powertrain, and high-tech systems while being one of the most affordable EV SUVs out there. While the Tesla Model Y is a popular EV choice, the new Ariya gives the Model Y a run for its money. In the ultimate electric SUV head to head you will see why the Ariya is the best buy for your money.


Both the Nissan ARIYA and the Tesla Model Y are spacious SUVs that are designed to be family-friendly and comfortable. The Nissan ARIYA is dedicated to a roomy two-row design that offers space for you and your passengers to spread out. On the other hand, the Tesla Model Y is available with a third row of seats. While this may be attractive to folks with small children, it makes for less room in the first two rows.

The new Nissan ARIYA design sports dual 12.3-inch touch screens. One is an infotainment interface with intuitive software for managing directions and media. The other replaces the traditional analog gauges found in many vehicles, allowing you a crisp view of key vehicle information. The car also has a wide range of standard safety features, including automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance.

The 2023 Tesla Model Y has a single horizontal 15-inch touch screen that tries to handle all of these functions. Fifteen inches is not small, but it's cramped for all of the media and vehicle data one might want to see. This is one example of a place where Tesla innovation falls short of its mark.


A big factor in purchasing an EV is the vehicle’s driving range and charging capabilities. The 2023 Nissan Ariya does not disappoint. With the 90-kwh battery and front-wheel-drive, the Ariya has a 300-mile driving range and can produce 214 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. For an increase in power and speed, experience the new Nissan e-4ORCE AWD that is capable of 388 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. Another thing to note is that the Ariya features incredibly fast charging capabilities with its ability to take on 130 kw of power using a Level 3 DC or 7.2 kw with a Level 2 240-volt.

The Tesla Model Y does feature slightly higher performance numbers depending on which configuration you choose, but it will cost you quite a bit more for that small power upgrade. With the Long Range Dual Motor, the Model Y has a driving range of 316 miles and produces 384 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque. The Performance model has a 291-mile range and has the capability to produce 450 horsepower and 471 lb-ft of torque.

Both models come standard with all-wheel-drive.


When electric cars were first designed, the interior space was greatly affected and reduced to make room for the larger battery. EVs have come a very long way and the 2023 Nissan Ariya just raised the bar even higher. Nissan knows how important passenger and cargo space is. That is why with the new Ariya they placed the battery low in the frame of the new chassis. This provides a seating capacity for five passengers. When it comes to storage space, the new Ariya provides 16.5 cu ft of storage behind the second row seats.

The Tesla Model Y Electric does boast an impressive amount of cargo storage at an overall 68 cu ft of storage. The numbers are unclear on whether that includes the front trunk space as well. Features on the Ariya, such as a sliding center console, provide more space and comfort for passengers that make it stand out a little more when it comes to seating comfort.


The 2023 Nissan ARIYA gets excellent range estimates from the EPA. It can also charge at various power stations, ranging from home outlets to DC current fast chargers. The vehicle can go from 10% to 80% in as few as 35 minutes at one of the latter charging ports. The Nissan ARIYA can be had with a 63.0-kWh battery pack or a larger 87.0-kWh setup. The former can charge from 0% to 100% in about 10.5 hours on a 240-volt connection, which many folks already have in their homes.

The Nissan ARIYA Venture+ has front-wheel drive, an 87.0-kWh battery, and an EPA-estimated all-electric driving range of 304 miles on a single charge. The Evolve+ trim gets an EPA-estimated 289 miles on a single charge, while the top-tier Platinum+ e-4ORCE can travel up to 267 miles with all-wheel drive. The Nissan ARIYA offers efficiency and performance in one sleek package.

The 2023 Tesla Model Y can also charge at AC and DC outlets. The Nissan ARIYA comes with one year of free charging with one of the nation's largest EV charging networks, however, the Tesla vehicle requires one to pay for every use of a Tesla Supercharger. The entry-level Tesla Model Y RWD gets an EPA-estimated 260 miles on a single charge, falling short of mid- and top-tier Nissan ARIYA models.


While both of these electric SUVs have some pretty impressive features, you can’t beat the price of the 2023 Nissan Ariya and all you get with the lower price range. Starting at $40,000 the Ariya is priced well below the starting price of the Tesla Model Y at $49,990. So, we will let you decide on whether that kind of extra dough is worth the slightly different features. The design of the Ariya alone has us saying no thank you to the Model Y.

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