The 23-year-old driver was taken to hospital where he remains with serious injuries, which are not thought to be life-threatening.
Nadia, who was front passenger in the car, was a “happy” and “perfect” young woman, her heartbroken family said.
The teen’s mum said: “Nadia (may rabb rest her soul in Jannah) died tragically in a road accident and all those who loved her are still in shock and disbelief.
“She was my first born and best friend.
“Nadia was not only physically beautiful but she had an equally beautiful heart as attested by all the people paying their respects to the family. Nothing was ever too much for her and taking charge of her siblings was only one of the chores she happily performed.”
Nadia had recently finished her studies at a school in the Moss Side area of the city, reports Manchester Evening News.
Her mum added: “Nadia was a happy teen who was beloved to everyone who crossed her path and she was enjoying her life and looking forward to a bright future. I can’t, and won’t, tire of saying she was cheerful, caring and thoughtful to all that knew her and beyond.
“She truly touched the hearts of everyone she met.
“Not only was she a perfect daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend but she was also a great role model for her siblings.
“She will be greatly missed and as our Islamic traditions state, inalilahu was ina ilehi rajioon. ‘Verily we belong to God, and verily to him we return’.
“As a family, we would like to thank everyone who has taken time to pay their respects as well as all the emergency crews who helped her. Thank you and jzk kheyran for all the kind gestures and messages.
“This reminds us that death has been decreed by Allah, and we will all return to our creator.”
James Eldon, principal at Manchester Academy, where Nadia studied, tweeted: “Everyone at Manchester Academy is devastated to learn that one of our ex-students has tragically died in a car accident and that another ex-student is critically ill following the crash.
“We all send the families our love and prayers at this horrendous time.”
Police were called to the Mancunian Way at around 11.45pm on Monday following reports that a white Mercedes car had struck a railway bridge near the end of the road.
No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing, Greater Manchester Police said.