2022 Nissan Ariya vs. Hyundai Kona Electric: Which to Buy?

Electric vehicles are the future. But long gone are the days where the only eco-friendly options on the market are compact cars that look more like sardine cans and aren’t any fun to drive, or high-tech electric sports cars that cost an arm and a leg.

Now there’s an in-between. With contenders like the 2022 Nissan Ariya and the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric, you can still have the SUV that suits your family and lifestyle while also doing your part to save the environment.

2022 Nissan Ariya vs. Hyundai Kona Electric: A Comparison

When looking at what’s currently available, it’s easy to lean towards the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric as one of the best all-electric SUVs on the market. While that may be the case, there’s no need to rush to purchase what’s currently available.

Instead, there’s another option: wait until the 2022 Nissan Ariya hits showroom floors later this year. Let us demonstrate why taking the patient approach may pay off in the end.

2022 Nissan Ariya vs. Hyundai Kona Electric: Price

Yes, the Hyundai Kona Electric technically takes the cake in the price department. The Kona Electric starts at $37,390 MSRP, while the 2022 Nissan Ariya is expected to start around $40,000 MSRP. That’s not a huge gap, but can make the difference if you’re on a tight budget.

With that said, price isn’t everything. There are plenty of other areas the Ariya excels in that should make the extra money well worth parting with.

2022 Nissan Ariya vs. Hyundai Kona Electric: Engine/Performance

Like most all-electric vehicles, the acceleration is nice with the Hyundai Kona Electric. The horsepower, however, leaves something to be desired. The Kona Electric’s motor produces only 201 horsepower and only comes with a front-wheel drive configuration.

What about the 2022 Nissan Ariya? Well it boasts 389 horsepower due to its dual-motor build, and also offers an all-wheel drive option.

Now with that much power, the range shouldn’t be that impressive with the Ariya, right? Wrong. The Ariya is estimated to get about 300 miles on a full charge, while the Kona Electric only gets an estimated 258 miles. So not only does the Ariya pack more of a punch, but you won’t have to stop for a recharge as often.

Plus, if you like to take long road trips, the Ariya has a long-range option with a larger battery. Price is not currently known, but the estimate is around $45,000 MSRP to start.

2022 Nissan Ariya vs. Hyundai Kona Electric: Safety/Technology

For being one of the best options on the market, the Kona Electric’s technology leaves you wanting more. The base 7” infotainment display is underwhelming, and 8” or 10.3” options are only available on higher trims. It’s child’s play compared to the dual 12.3” displays that serve as the infotainment display and digital gauge cluster for the Ariya.

In terms of safety, these two competitors aren’t too far apart. Both feature a nice mix of standard safety features, including automated emergency braking, lane-keep assist and blind-spot monitoring. 

However, the Ariya also features ProPilot 2.0, Nissan’s semi-autonomous driving system. There are no comparable features available with the Kona Electric.

2022 Nissan Ariya vs. Hyundai Kona Electric: The Verdict

The official release date for the 2022 Nissan Ariya is still unknown, but it’ll be well worth the wait. With a powerful motor, impressive range, and bevy of safety and technology features, it’s hard to imagine the Ariyas not selling like hotcakes when they become available.

Or you could just buy a 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric now. That would get you an inferior all-electric vehicle that literally underwent zero changes from the previous-year model. Impressive, right?

Make the smart choice, and prepare to be amazed with the 2022 Nissan Ariya.