Specs Comparison: Nissan Ariya vs. Ford Mustang Mach-E vs. Hyundai Ioniq 5

With the overwhelming dominance of the crossover, it’s no surprise that popular electric vehicles follow suit. While such vehicles already offer plenty of interior space, electric SUVs offer even more utility, with less intruision on their cabins from transmissions, exhaust, and the like. We’re going to look at three mass-market EV models: the Nissan Ariya, the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Hyundai Ioniq 5. We’ll look at the specs and see which one comes out on top, at least on paper.

Mustang Mach-E: The Electric Pony Car

First, some quick introductions on these three vehicles, just in case you’re unfamiliar with any of them. While in we’re not putting them in any particular order, the first we’ll tell you about is the Ford Mustang Mach-E. The fact that Ford called this crossover a “Mustang” has proved somewhat controversial among hardcore fans. But that crowd didn’t really influence Ford, especially since the sales number of the Mach-E have outpaced the ICE-powered Mustang by 74.1 percent between July 2021 and July 2022. Even with some teething problems, the Mach E sold 27,140 units in 2021 and was on pace to beat that before the end of 2022 which is why Ford became the number one in EV sales, just behind Tesla. (And for the diehard Mustang crowd, the just-revealed 2024 Ford Mustang offers a modern take on an old-school experience.)

Hyundai Ioniq 5: Retro-Fantastic

With LED “pixels” used for front and rear lighting, the Hyunda Ioniq 5 is actually the main influence on the brand’s current direction of the Ioniq sub-brand. Unlike the original Ioniq, the Ioniq 5 is all-electric with no hybrid version available. It rides on Hyundai’s latest Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which is a dedicated EV architecture that will be used in 11 other Hyundai and family platforms like the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the Kia EV6, the Genesis GV60, and others launching later in 2022 and beyond. The Ioniq 5 looks much like a concept car come to life, with blocky headlights that invoke 1980s nostalgia and taking inspiration from the Giugiaro-designed 1974 Hyundai Pony concept shown at that year’s Turin Motor Show.

Nissan Ariya: The Latecomer

Finally, we come to the Nissan Ariya, an EV crossover that’s been in development for three years. The original debut of the Ariya came in 2019, but unfortunately pandemic hit at just the wrong time for Nissan and delayed the Ariya due to supply chain shortages. Being a much larger vehicle than the cheaper Leaf it replaces, it’s also afforded more battery capacity and cargo room than the entry-level EV hatchback. It also comes with the SAE J1772-CCS charging connector to come more in line with the rest of OE manufacturers charging connections, ditching the Leaf’s outdated CHAdeMO connector, along with using water-cooled batteries instead of air-cooled. This will allow for faster charging, better battery life, and make it much easier to find quick charging connections in popular spots around the U.S.

Battery Life: How Far Can They Go?

Now that we’ve been introduced to our three main characters, let’s see just how each ranks. The first is the most obvious question that anyone asks when it comes to electrics: How far can I go on a full charge? The answer for all three depends mostly on how many wheels are being driven and how big the battery capacity is. The longest range comes from single-motor arrangements driving one axle; the three all-wheel-drive variants use dual motors and offer reduced range. From there, it comes down to which battery pack you opt for, as adding another 15-20 kW can add significant mileage to your battery pack usage. For the Mustang Mach-E the standard range battery pack is 70 kWh which gives its RWD models 247 miles of range. To hit the 306 miles of capacity, you’ll need the 91 kWh battery. The Nissan Ariya FWD models will get 216 miles with its 63 kWh battery but will gain another 88 miles (304 miles) using the 87 kWh pack. The Ioniq 5’s RWD models will get 220 miles before hitting “empty” with the 58 kWh pack, but that jumps to 303 miles when you opt for the 77.4 kWh extended range battery pack.

2WD RangeAWD Range
Ford Mustang Mach-E

Standard Range RWD

247 milesFord Mustang Mach-E

Standard Range

224 miles
Ford Mustang Mach-E

Extended Range RWD

306 milesFord Mustang Mach-E

Extended Range

290 miles
Nissan Ariya

Standard Range FWD

216 milesFord Mustang Mach-E

GT

270 miles
Nissan Ariya

Extended Range FWD

304 milesFord Mustang Mach-E

GT Performance

260 miles
Hyundai Ioniq 5

Standard Range RWD

220 milesNissan Ariya

Extended Range

265 miles
Hyundai Ioniq 5

Extended Range RWD

303 milesHyundai Ioniq 5

AWD

266 miles
Standard Battery (SR) CapacityExtended Battery (ER) Capacity
Ford Mustang Mach-E70 kWhFord Mustang Mach-E91 kWh
Nissan Ariya63 kWhNissan Ariya87 kWh
Hyundai Ioniq 558 kWhHyundai Ioniq 577.4 kWh

How Long to Charge While On The Road?

Another significant thing to consider is the charging rate. All three vehicles come with standard AC charging at home that works with 110 volt and 240 volt outlets which will take several hours using the 240 volt (and far longer on the 110 volt). This is why DC fast chargers are so important—but not every vehicle can take advantage of fast charging the same way.

The Mustang Mach-E’s 70 kWh battery pack can only accommodate a 115 kW charging rate due to its 400V charging system. At that rate, you can charge from 10 percent (24.7 miles of usable range) to 80 percent (197.6 miles of range) in 38 minutes—about 4.6 miles per minute. In contrast, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and its extended range battery pack utilizes an 800 volt system (one of the cheapest vehicles on sale with such a system). That allows for a 250 kW rate that gets it from 30.3 miles (10 percent of its battery) to 242.2 miles (80 percent) in just 18 minutes. That’s adding 11.8 miles per minute charged and demonstrates the power of the 800 volt system. Smack in the middle is the Nissan Ariya using a 130 kW max charging rate. While we don’t have the exact numbers from the EPA, we can do some rough calculations and estimate that the Ariya will charge from 10-80 percent in roughly 32 minutes, about 6.7 miles per minute.

Keep in mind that these are in somewhat ideal conditions. Outside temperatures, battery pack temperatures, state of charge, battery condition, and age can all play factors into those rates, including our miles per minute quote. Your mileage will vary quite literally in this case.

DC Fast Charge RateMiles of Range Added per Minute
Ford Mustang Mach-E

Select

115 kWFord Mustang Mach-E

Select

4.55 mi/min
Ford Mustang Mach-E

Premium and Above

150 kWFord Mustang Mach-E

Premium and Above

4.76 mi/min
Nissan Ariya130 kWNissan Ariya6.65 mi/min
Hyundai Ioniq 5

400 Volt DC Charger

150 kWHyundai Ioniq 5

400 Volt DC Charger

8.48 mi/min
Hyundai Ioniq 5

800 Volt DC Charger

250 kWHyundai Ioniq 5

800 Volt DC Charger

11.78 mi/min

POWAH!

Now, let’s talk about the fun part of EVs: the power and torque those electrons make you mash down the accelerator pedal. At 266 hp, the Ford Mustang Mach-E is the most powerful 2WD of the trio using a standard range battery pack. However, when you add a larger battery pack, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 RWD wins the day with 365 hp feeding into the rear wheels.

When it comes to driving all four wheels, you can’t beat the all out performance of the Mustang Mach-E GT Performance. It not only has 480 hp, but it pumps out 634 lb-ft of torque. Coming in at nearly 100 hp less is the Nissan Ariya AWD with 389 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. Bringing up the rear is the Hyundai Ioniq AWD, which produces the same 365 hp as the RWD extended range, but outputs 446 lb-ft of torque using its dual motors—compared to the 258 lb-ft of the single motor version.

Motor PowerMotor Torque
Ford Mustang Mach-E

SR RWD/AWD

266 hpFord Mustang Mach-E

RWD

317 lb-ft
Ford Mustang Mach-E

ER RWD

290 hpFord Mustang Mach-E

AWD

428 lb-ft
Ford Mustang Mach-E

ER AWD

346 hpFord Mustang Mach-E

GT

600 lb-ft
Ford Mustang Mach-E

GT/GT Performance

480 hpFord Mustang Mach-E

GT Performance

634 lb-ft
Nissan Ariya FWD214 hpNissan Ariya FWD221 lb-ft
Nissan Ariya AWD389 hpNissan Ariya AWD442 lb-ft
Hyundai Ioniq RWD

SR

262 hpHyundai Ioniq RWD258 lb-ft
Hyundai Ioniq

RWD ER and AWD

365 hpHyundai Ioniq AWD446 lb-ft

Performance and Range Have a Weight Penalty

With today’s lithium ion battery chemistry, range and power go hand in hand with battery size—and that means weight. Lots of weight. Unfortunately we don’t have the weight of the Nissan Ariya in any of its forms, so this will be a two horse race at the moment. Though, judging from its physical size and its battery capacities, we expect it to come in heavier than the Ioniq 5 but lighter than the Mach-E.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 with its standard range RWD comes in as the lightest EV crossover of the bunch at 4,200 pounds, but it’s closely followed by the Mustang Mach-E at 4,318 pounds. The heaviest between the two is the Mach-E GT Performance—which is dual motor with a fixed panoramic glass roof—at 4,989 pounds, while the Ioniq 5 AWD with a sunroof looks svelte at just 4,663 pounds. The weight doesn’t appear to come from the battery packs, as the lighter extended range Ioniq 5 AWD uses 384 cells in its battery pack while the Mach-E extended range pack uses 376 cells.

Weight
Ford Mustang Mach-E

SR RWD (AWD)

Ford Mustang Mach-E

ER RWD (AWD)

Ford Mustang Mach-E

GT (GT Performance)

Nissan Ariya

All

Hyundai Ioniq 5

SR RWD

Hyundai Ioniq 5

ER RWD (w/Sunroof)

Hyundai Ioniq 5

AWD (w/Sunroof)

4,318 lbs

(4,498 lbs)

4,647 lbs

(4,838 lbs)

4,962 lbs

(4,989 lbs)

N/A3,968 lbs4,200 lbs (4,414 lbs)4,464 lbs (4,663 lbs)

Passenger Room and Vehicle Size

Here is another advantage to using an electric motor over an ICE: an EV will have a much larger interior capacity than an ICE vehicle of a similar overall footprint. Even so, which EV crossover maximizes its space and cargo capacity thanks to being battery-powered? Well, if you want to see the sky while driving, the winner appears to be the Mach-E with its panoramic glass roof. With a vehicle body height of 58.2 inches, the Mach-E has a front headroom of 40.4 inches with 43.3 inches of legroom. A very close second is the Ioniq 5 with a total body height of just under 57 inches. It offers its front passengers 39.1 inches of headroom and 41.7 inches of legroom.

The rear passengers are very similar, as well. The Mach-E gives its rear seated passengers 39.3 inches of headroom and 38.1 inches of legroom and the Ioniq 5 giving 37.5 inches and 39.4 inches, respectively. The Ariya, though, only offers 37.9 inches of headroom up front and 38.3 inches in the rear, while your legs will have to make due with 42.3 inches front and 37.0 inches in the rear. Take off the glass and make it a solid metal roof, then the Mach-E loses out. It only has 38.9 inches of headroom for the front passengers and 38.2 for the rear. Meanwhile the Hyundai comes in with 39.8 inches of headroom front and 38.7 for the rear. The Ariya splits the two with 39.6 inches front and 38.3 inches of headroom in the rear.

Exterior DimensionsFord Mustang Mach-E

(California Route 1)

Ford Mustang Mach-E

GT (GT Performance)

Nissan Ariya

(ProPilot Assist 2.0)

Hyundai Ioniq 5
Wheelbase117.5 inches117.5 inches109.3 inches118.1 inches
Overall Length185.6 inches185.6 inches182.9 inches182.5 inches
Overall Width74.1 inches74.1 inches74.8 inches74.4 inches
Overall Height64 inches

(63.5 inches)

63.5 inches65.4 inches

(65.7 inches)

63.0 inches
Ground Clearance5.8 inches5.2 inches

(5.1 inches)

N/A6.1 inches
Interior DimensionsFord Mustang Mach-E

Metal Roof/GT

Ford Mustang Mach-E

Glass Roof/GT Performance

Nissan Ariya

(w/Moonroof)

Hyundai Ioniq 5

(w/Sunroof)

Front Headroom38.9 inches40.4 inches39.6 inches

(37.9 inches)

39.8 inches

(39.1 inches)

Front Legroom43.3 inches43.3 inches42.3 inches41.7 inches
Rear Headroom38.2 inches39.3 inches38.3 inches38.7 inches

(37.5 inches)

Rear Legroom38.1 inches38.1 inches37.0 inches39.4 inches

Cargo Capacity

When it comes to cargo room, however, the Mach-E is the clear winner. It not only has the most cargo room in its non-GT setup (29.7 cu ft behind the rear seat, compared to the Ioniq 5’s 27.2 and Ariya’s 22.8), it is also the only one of the three to have a real “frunk” front trunk under the hood. That trend is exacerbated by the lack of room for anything in the front trunk of both the Ioniq 5 and Ariya. The Mach-E comes with a 4.7 cu ft frunk, while the Ioniq 5 only has room for its charging cable at 0.85 cu ft. The Ariya doesn’t appear to use a frunk at all, as we saw with the pre-production model with its hood lifted.

Note that the Mach-E GT Performance offers great power, but cargo capacity is reduced to 26.6 cu ft—still significantly more than the Ariya, and just behind the Ioniq 5.

Cargo CapacityFrunk Capacity
Ford Mustang Mach-E29.7 cu ftFord Mustang Mach-E4.7 cu ft
Ford Mustang Mach-E

GT/GT Performance

26.6 cu ftNissan AriyaN/A
Nissan Ariya22.8 cu ftHyundai Ioniq 50.85 cu ft
Hyundai Ioniq 527.2 cu ft

How Much to Take One Home?

Now we come to the big question that everyone is probably wondering at this point: What do these vehicles cost? When it comes to MSRP, we always include the destination cost but do not include any tax rebates. The window sticker winner is the Hyundai Ioniq 5 Standard Range RWD at $41,245. It’s then followed by the Ariya Venture Plus FWD at $47,125 and finally the Mustang Mach-E Select Standard Range RWD at $48,195.

Want the best of them but are still price conscious? The Ioniq 5 shines once again with its Limited AWD trim at $57,295 while the Nissan Ariya Platinum Plus e-4ORCE AWD rounds out to $60,125. The most expensive of the trio is also the highest performing: the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance AWD at $77,195.

Base MSRPTop Trim MSRP
Ford Mustang Mach-E

Select SR RWD

$48,195Ford Mustang Mach-E

GT Performance AWD

$77,195
Nissan Ariya

Venture Plus FWD

$47,125Nissan Ariya

Platinum Plus e-4ORCE AWD

$60,125
Hyundai Ioniq 5

SE SR RWD

$41,245Hyundai Ioniq 5

Limited AWD

$57,295

Who Wins in This Comparison?

To say who wins will depend on several factors, but first blush, we’re leaning towards the Ford Mustang Mach-E. It’s not the cheapest, but it does offer a tiny bit more passenger room and far more cargo capacity than the Hyundai Ioniq 5 or the Nissan Ariya. It also offers the best range and decent charging stats. The Hyundai, however, isn’t a bad pick. Even though it lacks a true frunk space, it still offers more cargo capacity than the Nissan Ariya as well as optional 800V fast charging. Even the Ioniq 5’s 400V option is a match for the Mach-E’s higher trims. If charging speed is a major consideration, the Ioniq 5 is worth a serious look.

Meanwhile, the Ariya trails behind in most areas—as it has trailed in its long slog from introduction to production. The 130 kW rate for both its standard and extended range packs was impressive back then, but the Ioniq 5 nearly matches it in power but beats it in torque production for a lower price. Both the Hyundai and Ford beat the Nissan in cargo room, never mind the frunk situation.

If cargo capacity and range are your top priorities, then we say the Mustang Mach-E RWD with an extended range battery is your choice. With 306 miles of range and 29.7 cu ft of rear cargo and 4.7 cu ft of frunk cargo capacities, those are hard to beat. If you’re a bit more budget minded, you can’t go wrong with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 RWD with its extended range battery. You’ll only lose three miles of range compared to the Mach-E, but you’ll still have 27.2 cu ft of rear cargo room and the capability of using a 250 kW DC Fast Charging system. Even if you can’t afford the extended range battery of the Ioniq 5, you’ll get 220 miles along with that 250 kW DC Fast Charge capability when you need it for extended traveling.

If you aren’t concerned about range and just want the most power, you’re still better off with the Ford Mustang Mach-E in the GT or GT Performance trims. You still get 26.6 cu ft of cargo room and will have the most power and torque on tap between all three EV crossovers and between 260 miles (GT Performance) or 270 miles (GT) of range to use.

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