In yet another testament to its exceptional performance and cutting-edge technology, the Nissan ARIYA's dual-motor e-4ORCE all-wheel drive system has earned its place on the prestigious "Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems" list for 2023. This accolade reinforces the ARIYA's standing as a pioneering electric vehicle, following its recognition by Wards earlier this year for having one of the 10 Best Interiors & UX.
Nissan’s 2023 achievement marks the brand’s 20th award since Wards started recognizing the highest levels of achievement in automotive powertrain engineering in 1995. Remarkably, the ARIYA now joins the ranks of the Nissan LEAF, which received this distinction in 2011 as the first-ever electric motor recognized by Wards.
Drew Winter, WardsAuto contributing editor and Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems judge, praised the e-4ORCE system, noting, “e-4ORCE provides great drivability for a family vehicle. It’s not just about strong launch, but also in higher-speed passing manoeuvres where some BEVs can feel a little weak. This is a strong and technically competent family vehicle that offers consumers an impressive mix of power and range options.”
“The ARIYA is a revelation in Sport mode with a floored accelerator,” said Christie Schweinsberg, Wards intelligence analyst and Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems judge. “'Wow' is all I can say about the gravitational force exerted on my face and neck. It moves pretty darn fast in Standard and Eco modes too. The Ariya is so quiet and smooth, and acceleration so linear, that you can quickly exceed the speed limit if you're not careful.”
ARIYA models with e-4ORCE technology use dual electric motors to deliver power to all four wheels. By specifically managing power output and braking performance for smoothness and stability, e-4ORCE enhances driver confidence by tracing the steered driving line over almost any road surface. A detailed video on Nissan’s e-4ORCE technology can be viewed on Nissan’s YouTube channel.
The recipients of Wards awards are selected by a panel of journalists with extensive experience evaluating vehicle powertrains on factors including horsepower, torque, noise, efficiency, comparative specifications and applications of new technology. This year, the judges rigorously tested 32 all-new or vastly improved propulsion systems, assessing their performance in everyday scenarios, including commuting, road trips, and daily errands.
The Nissan ARIYA represents the best of Nissan design, technology, performance and sustainability. With its seamless, powerful acceleration coupled with the availability of ProPILOT Assist 2.0 advanced driver assistance technology, the ARIYA stands as the perfect partner for daily commutes and exhilarating road trips alike.