Nissan Armada

#5 in Large SUVs Overall Score: 8.0 / 10
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2017 Nissan Armada Overview

The 2017 Nissan Armada ranks 5 out of 6 Large SUVs.

Nissan reintroduced the Armada for the 2017 model year, and it finishes near the top of our large SUV rankings. Based on our analysis of professional reviews and data, it's clear that critics think ...

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SEATING


8

MPG


13-14

  CITY


18-19

  HWY

DRIVETRAIN


RWD, AWD

HP


390
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Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine
  • Quiet ride
  • Quality cabin materials
  • Sprawling second-row seats
  • Antiquated infotainment system
  • Subpar cargo space
  • Disappointing first- and third-row seats

Notable for 2017

  • Reintroduced for the 2017 model year

Nissan Armada Rankings and Research

The 2017 Nissan Armada ranking is based on its score within the Large SUVs category. Currently the Nissan Armada has a score of 8.0 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 14 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Scorecard

Overall: 8.0
Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.3
Safety: N/A
Reliability: N/A

Rankings

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2017 Nissan Armada Review

By Cody Trotter September 8, 2016

Nissan reintroduced the Armada for the 2017 model year, and it finishes near the top of our large SUV rankings. Based on our analysis of professional reviews and data, it's clear that critics think the Armada has a quiet ride and above-average cabin quality. They also like its powerful engine and the incredibly spacious second-row seats. However, they note that the front seats are less roomy than in rival SUVs, and the infotainment system feels a step behind many rival systems.

The 2017 Nissan Armada is one of the least expensive large SUVs, with a base price of $44,400. There are several option packages to choose from and two higher trims, giving you the option to upgrade your Armada with many features. When fully loaded, the Armada has a price in the mid-$60,000s. That's still comparable to or lower than the high-end cost of other large SUVs, making the Armada a good value in the class.

Armada Performance

Potent Engine

Powering the Armada is a V8 engine that delivers more horsepower than class rivals like the Toyota Sequoia and Chevrolet Suburban. The engine has ample power to get the Armada moving; merging or passing at highway speeds will pose no problems for you. The powerful V8 is one of the reasons why, when properly equipped, the Armada has a great maximum towing capacity compared to other large SUVs – 8,500 pounds.

The engine may let you down at the fuel pump, however. Nissan estimates that the Armada gets just 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. Those ratings lag behind many other large SUVs, even those with V8 engines.

Not Sporty, but Not Plodding Either

Most people think of large SUVs as giant people movers – barely more nimble than Jabba the Hutt. If you're one of those people, the Armada may surprise. It's certainly no sports car, but it has pretty good agility for a vehicle of its size, and it doesn't have too much body roll when taking turns. Opinions differ about the steering sharpness, so you'll have to judge that for yourself.

The Armada delivers a cushioned ride in most cases, and it even has the chops to hold its own off the pavement. With available four-wheel drive, the Armada can tackle hilly and even rocky terrain without much of a problem.

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Armada Interior

Quality Cabin, So-So Seats

The Armada's cabin features plenty of quality materials, and it has a stylish overall look to it. Climb in, and the story changes a bit. Though the interior is quiet, even at highway speeds, the front seats aren't the expansive thrones that you'll find in some other large SUVs. They don't move back that far, and the steering wheel adjustments are limited. You won't feel confined while sitting up front, but drivers may have a hard time finding a suitable driving position.

By contrast, the second row is terrific. Reclining second-row seats are standard, and whether you opt for the captain's chairs or not, the second row has loads of legroom and headroom. The third row is pretty cramped, but that's not unusual in a 3-row SUV.

Outdated Infotainment

Looking for the latest and greatest features in infotainment? Then you may want to pass over the Armada. Its infotainment system doesn't have the capability to incorporate the latest smartphone connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Beyond that, the system is somewhat confusing at first because of how the buttons are arrayed on the dash, and the touch screen might be hard to reach for some drivers.

If the infotainment system doesn't put you off, then there's a lot to like in the Armada. A 13-speaker Bose audio system is standard, which is a leg up on competitors, most of whom only feature premium audio systems as options. The Armada also comes standard with satellite radio, navigation, and Bluetooth phone connectivity.

Available features include a power moonroof, which adds a touch of luxury to the cabin, and a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system – the perfect tool to keep unruly kids (or adults) from hassling you while you drive.

Move People or Cargo, but Not Both

The Armada has a smaller cargo capacity than most large SUVs, but with the third and/or second rows folded down, it still has plenty of cargo space to haul sporting gear, luggage, or even furniture. However, if you plan to use the Armada to take seven or eight people on a road trip, you may have issues because the cargo capacity behind the third row (just 16.5 cubic feet) isn't big enough for that much luggage.

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Armada Pricing, Options, and Trims

The Armada SV (base) trim has a starting price of $44,400, which is much less than the base prices of the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon. There are two higher trims, and each trim offers one or more option packages that add extra features but also bump up the price. For instance, you can add the Driver package to the SV trim for an extra $1,120. It includes a power liftgate and power-folding third-row seats.

Next up is the SL trim, which starts at $49,150. The SL includes all of the features found in the SV, and it adds new ones like leather upholstery and a surround-view camera system. There are two packages you can add to the SL trim: the Moonroof package, which will cost you $800, and the Technology package, which costs $1,770 and includes many of the available active safety features, such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, and forward emergency braking.

The highest trim is the Platinum. Starting at $57,090, the Platinum includes all of the features found in the SL plus a power moonroof, heated and cooled front seats, and advanced driver-assistance features like blind spot monitoring and forward collision warning. The Platinum trim also offers the Captain's Chairs package for an extra $450. It replaces the second-row bench seat with bucket seats, thus dropping seating capacity from eight to seven.

Regardless of trim, adding four-wheel drive will cost you an extra $2,900.

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Armada Safety and Reliability

As of this writing, the Armada has not been put through crash testing, so it doesn't have an available safety rating. However, it does offer a number of driver-assistance features beyond the standard rearview camera and LATCH connectors in the second-row seats.

Make your commute to work easier by adding adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and blind spot monitoring, all of which can help you stay safely in your lane on those mornings when you're running late and have a thousand things on your mind.

You can't always park in a lot or a garage, but thanks to front and rear parking sensors and a surround-view camera system, you won't break a sweat while parallel parking. Other features, like forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, and backup collision intervention, can help you avoid low-speed crashes.

The 2017 Nissan Armada is backed by a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000 powertrain warranty. The Armada doesn't have a predicted reliability rating yet, but most SUVs in the class score around three out of five, which is considered an average rating.

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Other SUVs to Consider

The Chevrolet Tahoe is one of our highest-ranking large SUVs. Its interior features an abundance of soft-touch materials and an intelligent overall design, making it arguably the nicest cabin in the class. The Tahoe has a higher seating capacity than the Armada, as it seats up to nine. Like the Armada, the Tahoe's third row is cramped, but its front seats remain comfortable on drives of any length and have plenty of space. The Tahoe has an easy-to-use infotainment system, and it offers features like Apple CarPlay, wireless mobile device charging, and an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hot spot, none of which are offered in the Armada. The Tahoe has responsive steering and delivers a quiet ride, and it also gets better fuel economy than the Armada.

Like the Armada, the Toyota Sequoia seats eight but is available with second-row captain's chairs that drop capacity to seven. The Sequoia comes standard with a V8 engine that delivers energetic acceleration and plenty of power. It also has a cushioned ride and strong brakes. Inside, the Sequoia has a well-appointed interior with an abundance of space. The front seats are supportive, and the captain's chairs are extremely comfortable. The Sequoia features Toyota's Entune infotainment system, which has a user-friendly interface. The Sequoia offers more cargo space than the Armada.

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Details: 2017 Nissan Armada

The 2017 Nissan Armada seats up to eight and comes in three trims: SV, SL, and Platinum. It features a 5.6-liter V8 engine that's mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is available. The Armada was not produced during the 2016 model year, but it is reintroduced and redesigned for 2017.

Standard features in the Armada include push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a rearview camera, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a USB port, and voice recognition.

Available features include a power moonroof, Bluetooth streaming audio, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view camera system, blind spot monitoring, backup collision intervention, forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.

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  • "Even Nissan concedes that large-SUV buyers are quite brand loyal, meaning conquest sales aren't going to bring a major bump in Armada volume. Instead, the company feels that those moving up from midsize SUVs are the primary audience. But with all the improvements made - and the capabilities it offers - the Armada should really be given strong consideration by anyone looking for a vehicle that can seat up to eight while providing coddling comfort, lots of luxury and safety features, ample performance, and high towing limits. Even if they've always bought something else." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Though the design is already dated, the ‘new’ Armada nevertheless stands out as a premium product on sale for a song, helping to make it one of the coolest entries in the stale, stagnant full-size SUV segment." -- New York Daily News
  • "Nissan's new global SUV surprised us with its engaging, yet refined road manners and impressive acceleration. While there may be some glaring omissions in the technology department (rudimentary lane keeping; no Android Auto or Apple CarPlay), we're not sure those are deal-breakers." -- Left Lane News
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