Nissan Makes EVs More Enticing with 2022 Ariya and 2022 LEAF

September 10th, 2021 by

A light orange 2022 Nissan Ariya is shown parked in front of water.

Exciting news arrives for Nissan electric vehicles, with a new 2022 all-electric SUV, new pricing for the LEAF, and accolades for the reliability and value of the LEAF as an electric vehicle. Anyone seeking the ease of simply plugging in your vehicle at the end of the day will want to take a look at Nissan’s new offerings. If one of these vehicles happens to be what you want to drive, you can head over to Coyle Nissan, your local Louisville electric car dealer, for details.

2022 Nissan Ariya All-Electric SUV

Nissan is taking a different direction with its new 2022 Ariya electric SUV, fresh off the design table and soon to be available for purchase. The exterior lines on the Ariya are sleek, smooth, and futuristic while still keeping an anchor in the current styling of SUVs. The curves of the Ariya are modern and fresh, while the interior is cool and calming. Surfaces of the interior are clear of the usual automotive clutter, with the vehicle systems mostly interactive through the two large 12.3-inch screens on the dash. Few buttons or knobs are found in the command center, but Nissan certainly provides its quality comfort to the seating and design. Overall, the Ariya promises to be an appealing option in the expanding electric SUV segment.

Style aside, Nissan has several intriguing features being offered for the 2022 Ariya, from driver-assist technology to its touch-sensitive controls for the climate and infotainment system. Air vents are hidden behind a strip of ambient lighting to help minimize the number of shapes that normally interrupt the dash, and an attractive mesh that covers the speakers is repeated in the door inserts for a thoughtful flow to the design. Unlike new electronic shifters found in other brands, Nissan continues to use a shift knob, though its profile is low and unobtrusive. Even more enticing, however, may be the zero-gravity seats which Nissan says were inspired by NASA and offer incredible support and comfort for long drives.

With technology like ProPILOT 2.0, drivers will have an easy life on the highway. Once you put your destination into the system, ProPILOT 2.0 takes over as soon as you enter the highway. Set your speed, and when the system signals it’s ready, you can take your hands off the wheel and your feet off the pedals. When you reach your exit, the system then guides you safely to change lanes and leave the highway with your hands back on the wheel. This system will be standard for all Ariya models in 2022, and the Ariya will also be able to park itself with a push of a button; the Ariya will steer, brake, and shift to get you settled into any parking space. Of course, the bevy of driver-assist features offered by Nissan will be included in the 2022 Ariya as well.

Powering the 2022 Ariya is a choice of two electric systems. The standard powertrain is the 65 kWh battery that is paired with front-wheel drive, or buyers will have the option to choose the 90 kWh battery, which pairs with Nissan’s eForce all-wheel drive. Horsepower is impressive for both systems, from the 65 kWh engine generating an estimated 215 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque to the 87 kWh engine harnessing an estimated 389 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque.

The driving range is yet to be fully determined, but the more powerful battery is expected to deliver up to 300 miles of range on a single charge. If you plug in for a full charge, the Ariya should be able to regain up to 80 percent of its range in 45 minutes with DC Quick Charging. Drivers will have the capability to charge at home, with the 2022 Ariya able to plug into a standard household 110-volt outlet or upgrade to a 240-volt outlet for faster charging.

A white 2022 Nissan LEAF is shown charging in a garage.

New Pricing for the Nissan LEAF

Nissan is reducing the price of the 2022 LEAF, which is great news for buyers seeking less expensive EV options. Buyers shopping for an EV can expect to save anywhere from $4,245 to $6,135 out the gate on the price of a new 2022 LEAF as compared to 2021. The price could be even less if the federal tax credit of $7,500 applies to your purchase. As if a price drop wasn’t enough, Nissan adds new enticing features for 2022 models as well. Perhaps most importantly, all 2022 LEAF models will come standard with a 240-volt rapid-charge port so all buyers can expect to charge quickly without having to pay extra for the choice.

The SV Plus trim for 2022 will gain the available ProPILOT Assist feature, which combines Nissan’s Intelligent Cruise Control and its lane-centering technology to allow for semi-autonomous driving on the highway. The cruise control will even allow for short stops and then will take the LEAF back up to the set speed again once traffic gets moving. SV Plus models will also gain the Technology package as standard, yet more savings for buyers of the 2022 LEAF.

Accolades for the LEAF

Last year the Nissan LEAF celebrated its tenth anniversary, and it holds the honor of being the first mass-produced fully electric vehicle in the world. It seems fair that on its tenth anniversary, Kelley Blue Book recognized the Nissan LEAF as the “best electric car in its 5-Year Cost to Own Awards for the third consecutive year.” Now that prices have dropped for 2022 models, this five-year cost to own value has just risen significantly!

Also noteworthy is recognition from J.D. Power, which awarded the LEAF the top ranking for compact cars in their Vehicle Dependability Study in 2020. This study measures how many problems a vehicle has over the course of three years, and real-world information is collected from actual owners. It’s a high honor to be given such a ranking. More recently, Autotrader named the LEAF as one of the “10 Best Electric Cars for 2021.” These are just a few of the more recent acknowledgments of the Nissan LEAF’s quality and dependability, each well-earned after more than ten years of production.

An orange 2022 Nissan LEAF is shown from the rear after visiting a Louisville electric car dealer.

How Nissan Is Encouraging Electric Ownership

The rising popularity of electric cars means that DC Quick Charging stations are popping up all over the country. There are over 30,000 Level 2 public charging stations in the US, and as the popularity of EVs begins to rise, companies are building even more charging stations. That’s not to mention the rapid expansion of DC Quick Charging stations that are also popping up. This solution to range anxiety may be the perfect answer to reasons not to buy electric.

With so many incentives and creative options for owning an electric vehicle, buyers have every reason to choose a new Nissan LEAF as their next vehicle. The Nissan LEAF and the Nissan Ariya are just two of Nissan’s steps towards a greener lineup. These EVs are paving the way towards a new driving experience, and Nissan is just getting started. With sleek designs, engines that keep getting more and more powerful, and a determination to move forward into a future that is bright with electricity, Nissan is slowly helping to change the automotive market. If you want to learn more about driving a Nissan EV, then it’s time to visit Coyle Nissan for more information.