2023 Nissan Ariya


Nissan is expanding its line of electric vehicles with the 2023 Ariya SUV, which will go on sale in the U.S. in fall 2022. The Ariya will join the Leaf hatchback in the Nissan showroom and will offer up to 300 miles of driving range, which beats the Leaf's maximum of 226. The Ariya's design represents a shift from the current sharp, angular lines seen on many of Nissan's vehicles. The low, wide stance of the Ariya differentiates it from the Rogue and gives it a sportier look. Two different battery sizes will be offered—a 63.0-kWh battery is standard, and a larger 87.0-kWh pack is optional—as well as either front- or all-wheel drive. A host of driver-assistance features, infotainment tech, and convenience items will be included here, helping the 2022 Ariya compete with similarly sized EV crossovers, such as the Tesla Model Y and Hyundai Kona Electric.


What's New for 2023?

The Ariya is an all-new vehicle for Nissan. It features Nissan's new semi-autonomous driving system (ProPilot 2.0), which debuted on the Japanese-market Nissan Skyline sedan. The Ariya is said to deliver up to 300 miles of driving range, but only when equipped with the optional dual-front/rear-motor drive configuration and the larger 87.0-kWh battery pack.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

The Ariya's $47,125 starting price puts it above the Leaf and other affordable EVs but under the base price of the Model Y. We're of the mindset that to successfully switch from gasoline to electricity, range is key, so we'd stick with the entry-level Venture+ trim which boasts the longest driving range among the Ariya's four trim levels.

EV Motor, Power, and Performance

Unlike the Leaf, which comes only with front-wheel drive, Nissan is pulling from features developed in other cars, including the GT-R sports car's torque-split system, to offer optional all-wheel drive via a dual-front/rear-electric-motor configuration. Front-wheel drive models offer a claimed zero-to-60-mph time of 7.2 seconds according to Nissan, so if you're looking for more pep, consider the more powerful all-wheel drive Ariya which is significantly faster. We estimate that model will zip from zero to 60 mph in less than 5.0 seconds, a feat that is similar to higher-end electric vehicles. From what we've experienced so far, the Ariya provides a calm, stable ride which should please most buyers, but it lacks the sporty nature we driving enthusiasts prefer. When we get a chance to test the Ariya for ourselves and evaluate its handling in the real world, we'll update this story with details.

Range, Charging, and Battery Life

Nissan says the Venture+ offers up to 300 miles of driving range per charge, which is quite the step up from the Leaf's maximum range of 226 miles. The Evolve+ and Premiere models offer up to 285 miles per charge and the top-spec Platinum+ is supposedly good for up to 265. Similarly sized vehicles include Jaguar's I-Pace and Audi's E-Tron, which have 234 and 204 miles of range, respectively. Key rivals from Tesla offer claimed ranges of over 300 miles. The Ariya will be capable of charging at home on 110- or 240-volt outlets as well as at public charging stations and even DC fast-charging ports.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe

EPA fuel economy estimates aren’t yet available for the Ariya, nor has Nissan released any claimed MPGe figures. When the Ariya gets closer to launch, that information will likely be available. We also hope to test the Ariya ourselves on our 200-mile highway route, which allows us to evaluate its real-world efficiency. For more information about the Ariya's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The Ariya's interior looks futuristic and minimal. Nissan has discarded every button possible in pursuit of a smooth dashboard that favors a sleek look to match the design of the exterior. Despite Nissan's claim that the Ariya's cabin is unlike a traditional automotive interior, its minimalistic theme appears to be its sole unique trait. Not that the cabin doesn't look like a nice place to spend time. A flat, low floor creates a spacious feeling inside, and Nissan has incorporated its comfy zero-gravity seats into the design. The rear seat space is noticeably less generous than the front, but a pair of adults should still find it comfortable and roomy enough even for long-distance travel.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Dual 12.3-inch displays serve as both the digital gauge cluster and the infotainment screen. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and in-dash navigation should all be standard features. The Ariya concept that was shown in 2019 had a feature that allowed the car to sync with the schedule of the driver, so it can pre-heat or pre-cool the interior while it's parked and charging, and therefore not draw on the power from the battery. The concept also showed off technology that would allow the driver to use their phone to park the Ariya automatically from a nearby location using ProPilot's Remote Park, a system similar to Tesla's Smart Summon feature. Nissan hasn't said yet if these features will make it to the production model.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The Ariya will feature ProPilot 2.0, Nissan's second generation of the ProPilot semi-autonomous technology, as an optional feature. The system allows drivers to remove their hands from the wheel in certain driving scenarios. Although we haven't tested this new setup, we liked the original ProPilot system when we used it in 2017—and if that's any indication of how version 2.0 will perform, our expectations are high. For more information about the Ariya's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
  • Available adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

We predict the Ariya will come with the same basic warranty package as the Leaf when it goes on sale. That warranty should include a competitive bumper-to-bumper policy as well as battery protection that stretches over eight years or 100,000 miles.

  • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  • Battery warranty covers eight years or 100,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

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Experience Premium Comfort In The New 2022 Nissan Kicks

A car's ability to keep passengers comfortable should be a point of emphasis for shoppers. If you intend to use that car for your daily commutes and family outings, it should be capable of accommodating you properly. The 2022 Nissan Sentra is a new vehicle that understands the importance of providing comfort. That much is evident in its design. The people over at Nissan have installed Zero Gravity seats in the new Sentra and they are perfect for long drives. Minimal pressure will be applied to your body while you are sitting in those Zero Gravity seats. Expect those seats to lower the amount of tension that typically accumulates inside your body whenever you're driving. The front seats of the 2022 Sentra are also highly adjustable. Tweak their settings until you end up with one that works with your preferred sitting position.

To stay comfortable inside a car, you will need space. You'll be glad to know that the 2022 Sentra offers plenty of that. Both front and rear  passengers are given ample space to stretch out and relax. Cabin temperature also plays a big role in determining how comfortable a vehicle will be. With this latest Nissan offering, you and your passengers can set different temperature zones. No one inside the car will have to be too hot or too cold because of how those temperature settings work. On cold days, you can also take advantage of the heated steering wheel and front seats to get more comfortable. Check out the comfort-focused features of the 2022 Nissan Sentra by heading to your local dealership today!

Stay Connected

These days, going off the grid is not an option many of us have. Whether it's due to work or family obligations, you have to stay connected. Also, it's good to maintain those connections even when you're on the road so you can keep yourself entertained. The 2022 Nissan Sentra makes it easy for drivers and passengers alike to remain online. The features detailed below demonstrate how the aforementioned vehicle manages to maintain connectivity.

Highly Compatible with Both Apple and Android Devices - No matter which type of device you prefer, the new Nissan Sentra has you covered. Use Apple CarPlay to listen to your favorite songs or go through messages. Android Auto provides the same functions for different devices.
A Moving Hotspot - Long vacation drives can be fun, but they can also become dull after a certain point. Your passengers will need some entertainment eventually. Thankfully, the new Nissan Sentra is capable of turning into a WiFi hotspot. Take advantage of that feature and make it possible for your passengers to stream videos or browse online while they're relaxing in the backseat.

Power Up while You're on the Road - Did you forget to charge your phone before going to bed last night? Don't worry because your new car can help you with that problem. This car features both a USB port and a USB Type-C port. They are both accessible from the front seat so you can charge and still keep your phone within arm's reach. An additional USB port is also made accessible to passengers in the back.
No Shortage of Safety Features

Stay Safe

The 2022 Nissan Sentra prioritizes the safety of its passengers. You'll notice that right away when you explore the Sentra's suite of safety features. Learn more about the Sentra's standout safety features using the bullet points below.

Automatic Emergency Braking - When faced with a potential crash, some drivers may not react the right way. The new Nissan Sentra comes with a feature designed to protect against that potential reaction. The vehicle's automatic emergency brakes engage when they sense the possibility of a crash. Your Nissan Sentra can also detect pedestrians and it will stop automatically if it detects them on the road.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert - Backing out of a tight parking spot can be challenging. The Nissan Sentra's Rear Cross Traffic Alert feature can change that. Use it to look at the area surrounding the rear of your car and back out when you know that you have clearance.
Blind Spot Warning - Dealing with blind spots can be very troublesome while you're driving. Thankfully, you can rely on the Sentra's Blind Spot Warning feature to tell you if there are any vehicles that you might not be seeing.

The 2022 Nissan Sentra offers premium comfort, convenient connectivity, and top-notch safety features. Simply put, it has all the features you could want from a modern car. Get your hands on this modern marvel by visiting your Townsend Nissan today!

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A Glance At The NEW 2022 Nissan Altima

If you are on the hunt for a safe and smart vehicle, then you should take a close look at the New 2022 Nissan Altima. One of the standout features of the newest Nissan Altima is its VC-Turbo engine. Unlike other engines, the VC-Turbo engine adapts continuously to the different types of driving situations that you encounter. It will raise or lower its pistons' reach depending on the specific situation. That makes it very easy to control.

The Altima is loaded with other features that enable it to adapt to specific conditions on the fly. For instance, the Active Ride Control feature will adjust your engine torque based on the situation so you can maneuver the terrain more effectively. The Hill Start Assist feature is useful for keeping you in position as you make your way uphill and Intelligent Trace Control is helpful for navigating sharp curves and corners. Driving can be difficult especially for those who don't have a ton of experience. Make that part of your child's daily routine easier by purchasing the 2022 Nissan Altima at your local dealership.

Efficient Operator

Efficiency is yet another standout feature of the New 2022 Nissan Altima. However, the type of fuel economy this vehicle gets depends in large part on your choice of engine. If you've decided to use the VC-Turbo engine inside the Altima, then the fuel economy you'll get will be around 25 miles per gallon for city roads and 34 miles per gallon for h

ighways. Those are solid numbers for a vehicle as feature-loaded as the 2022 Nissan Altima. Even so, it may leave you wanting more if you place a great amount of importance on how your cars operate. In that case, you can opt to put a four-cylinder engine in your Altima. By doing so, you will significantly improve the fuel efficiency ratings of your new vehicle. On city roads, Altimas that use the four-cylinder engine get up to 28 miles per gallon. Move to the highway, and your new car's fuel efficiency rating bumps up to 39 miles per gallon. That kind of fuel economy is always a big plus if you're looking for a new car. No one likes spending a fortune on fuel so getting a new vehicle that works efficiently on the road would be ideal.

You'll also be glad to know that there is no significant drop-off in performance even if you decide to choose the less powerful engine for your Altima. It remains a stellar performer in any situation and its fuel efficiency remains top-notch.

Stay Comfortable in the Smartly Designed Cabin

The cabin of the 2022 Nissan Altima is designed mainly for comfort and convenience. That much is evident as soon as you start using it. Let's run down the list of comfort and convenience-focused features found inside the Nissan Altima using the bullet points below.

Heated Seats - The 2022 Nissan Altima is outfitted with heated seats so you don't have to battle the early morning chill while driving to work. You also won't have to wait long for those seats to get comfortable because they heat up quickly.

Heated Steering Wheel - The steering wheel of the Nissan Altima can also be heated. Activate the heating option for your steering wheel so you can make your fall and winter drives more comfortable.
Intelligent Climate Control - You can set the temperature for your Nissan Altima before you even set foot inside your vehicle. Use the included remote control to adjust the temperature of your vehicle and get comfortable right from the moment you sit in the driver's seat.

Memory System - Drivers may have different preferences in terms of how they want the seats or mirrors inside the car to be arranged. If you have the 2022 Nissan Altima, you can save your preferred settings and quickly activate it if a different driver recently made some changes. You won't have to waste your time getting elements of your car positioned properly again.

The 2022 Nissan Altima is a shining example of what a car is capable of if it prioritizes the needs of its driver and passengers. Discover how well the Altima suits your family by visiting Townsend Nissan today!


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Vehicle Spotlight: 2020 Nissan Rogue

In many cases, the 2020 Nissan Rogue rises to the occasion. If you’re looking to meet a mid-size car that increases safety, boasts wide-ranging features, and has best-in-class performance, you’re in the right place.

Performance Detailsxz

The all-wheel drive 2020 Nissan Rogue comes equipped with a 2.5-L 4-cylinder engine, with enhanced features such as the Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS). This system packs a whopping 170 horsepower driving and a fuel economy that saves at the pump. It can reach 33 miles to the gallon on the highway—and tow up to 1,102 pounds!

The 2020 Nissan Rogue is also armed with Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology, ensuring you and your passengers’ safety as you travel the roadways. Able to comfortably seat five, you and your friends can feel safe, relaxed, and enjoy your time together—in the cozy, temperature-controlled quarters of the 2020 Nissan Rogue.


Driving should excite the senses, and that’s exactly what the 2020 Nissan Rogue delivers. No matter where you find yourself—in the driver’s seat or along for the ride—the Rogue has something for everyone. Features include:

  • Premium Nissan Navigation Services;
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto;
  • NissanConnect Services and other safety options;
  • Remote Access through the convenience of your smartphone;
  • Advanced Drive-Assist Display;
  • Ample Seating and Cargo Space;
  • Rear Door Alert;
  • Bose Premium Audio System and Surround Sound;
  • Remote Engine Start System;
  • Climate Controlled Interior;
  • and Advanced Safety Features.

Drive in style—and safety—with the comfort and convenience of the 2020 Nissan Rogue.


Wishing you could take this vehicle for a test drive? You can at Townsend Nissan! Come visit us on Skyland Boulevard in Tuscaloosa, Alabama—and we’ll link you up with this great ride.

Looking for something else? A truck or SUV, perhaps? We’ve got you covered at Townsend Nissan too! Call us at 877-861-8514 for more info or to schedule a meeting with one of our certified salespeople.

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Practicality, Good Looks, and Comfort in the 2015 Nissan Sentra

The folks at Kelley Blue Book know what they’re talking about when they talk about cars, and have a refreshingly unbiased view on any vehicle they take a ride in. They reviewed the 2015 Nissan Sentra and had a lot of great things to say about it. Despite being a compact sedan that has practicality first and foremost in mind, the Sentra offers a surprising amount of interior space for passengers, a responsive engine with a CVT transmission, high fuel economy, and a well-organized and easy to use center console. Take a look below and see how it could be the ultimate commuter car for you:

If you’re ready to check it out up close and personal, come out to Townsend Nissan, Inc. at your earliest convenience and we’ll show you all that the 2015 Sentra has to offer you on your daily drives. Of course, with so many other amazing new Nissan models to choose from, you’ll feel like you’re in an automotive wonderland. Take your time and find the one that’s perfect for you.

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The 2016 Nissan Maxima’s Two Drive Modes: Like Day and Night

Getting to know how your vehicle performs over time is important; to feel like the wheel is an extension of your body is an experience like no other. But what if your vehicle could feel like two vehicles? Well, with the 2016 Nissan Maxima’s two drive modes, it can.

In Normal mode, you’ll get the smooth and refined feel that you’d expect from a Nissan vehicle. Switch into Sport mode and hang on for the ride of your life! You’ll discover a sharper throttle response, heavier steering, quicker shifting, and hear the engine’s growl escalate to a roar! Take a look below to see what we mean:

We have the 2016 Maxima here at Townsend Nissan, Inc., so drop by today and get a feel for the two modes with a hands-on experience! Once test drive around the block in any new Nissan model that appeals to you and you’ll be head-over-heels for something truly life-changing.

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Letting Go with the 2015 Nissan Sentra

Letting go of an old car can be tough; the good times, the great conversations, the long trips, the spilled food and drinks giving it character. However, thinking of the great times ahead with a new car should give you a smile and the 2015 Nissan Sentra may just be the car of your dreams. Named as the “Highest Ranked Car in Initial Quality” by J.D. Power, you can be sure that this compact sedan is one that will keep giving you heart-warming memories for years and years to come.

Interested in seeing all that the 2015 Sentra can do with your own eyes? Come in to Townsend Nissan, Inc. at your earliest convenience and we’ll give you all the details and then send you out for a test drive around town. Once you’ve got the wheel in your hands, the power at your foot, and the features at your fingertips, you’ll be hooked!

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A Dad, His Dog, and Getting Wild in the Nissan Maxima

Often times, life sweeps us up into having new responsibilities that may take us away from our true passions from time to time. For one man and his dog in the video below, they take a moment to experience the freedom of the open road with the powerful and aggressive 2016 Nissan Maxima! Luxurious through and through with high-quality materials on the spacious and comfortable seating, a 300-horsepower V6 engine standard, and up to an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon on the highway, among much more, this is one model you’ll not want to pass up.

Often times, life sweeps us up into having new responsibilities that may take us away from our true passions from time to time. For one man and his dog in the video below, they take a moment to experience the freedom of the open road with the powerful and aggressive 2016 Nissan Maxima! Luxurious through and through with high-quality materials on the spacious and comfortable seating, a 300-horsepower V6 engine standard, and up to an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon on the highway, among much more, this is one model you’ll not want to pass up.

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