2008 Nissan Armada Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Nissan Armada was new.
The interior of the Armada reflects its exterior, which means the cabin is expansive -- though not more so than competitors. The Armada's size "does add up to a roomy interior, particularly in the front seat, one that's nicely color-coordinated with a well-designed control layout," says the. "But it doesn't add up to immense cargo volume, at least by the standards for this class."
Cruising in the seven- or eight-passenger (depending on second-row seat configuration) Armada is a "comfortable, homey driving experience," reports U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman. "The kids are way in the back somewhere, almost out of sight. You've got enough beverage by your side to last for about a hundred miles. And you are confidently ensconced above most of your fellow drivers, in a stratosphere removed from the din of street level."
Cars.com makes note of the Armada's "Difficult entry and exit." Other reviewers also express reservations in this department. Forbes remarks, "It's a tall climb in and out, even for six-footers." About.com agrees, "It's a climb to get into the cabin of the Armada," but then goes on to point out, "Nissan has included functional running boards and grab rails to ease the task."
The Armada offers two seating configurations. The standard configuration, with two second-row captain's hairs, accommodates seven passengers. An optional second-row bench increases capacity to eight. The Auto Mall USA claims that the "Armada easily accommodates seven or eight passengers." Up front, the seats "are big, comfy, well-upholstered buckets," reports Motor Week, "with 8-way power adjustment for the driver and power adjustable pedals on all models." "The comfortable driver's seat is power-adjustable, as are the pedals, so finding a good driving position is pretty easy," says About.com.says the bench configuration "provides comfortable seating for seven people -- eight with a minor squeeze."
Reviewers are mostly impressed by the roominess of the second row and the comfort of its seats. It has more legroom than most SUV's, and Edmunds claims the difference is "noticeable and makes riding in the second row more pleasant, while making it easier to climb in and out and install a child safety seat." Kelley Blue Book likes the "excellent set of second-row captain's chairs that are separated by a removable center console. With the console out, passengers are granted easy access to the third-row seat without having to disturb those already seated in the second row." Consumer Guide also praises the "generous second-row space," but complains that the "available bucket seats are narrow and lack proper contouring and thigh support."
A reviewer for MSN finds, "With just one hand, I could flip and move aside an Armada second-row seat for entry to the third row." "The third row," reports Car and Driver, "which can accommodate adults, is raised about three inches so those in the back of the bus can see ahead." About.com argues, "The third row is not bad at all. The seat is elevated so you can see over the headrests and not feel totally isolated back there. There's enough leg room and depth so that the seating position is not fetal." Not all reviewers agree. For instance, Automobile Magazine writes, "Despite 'theatre style' elevation, relatively thin cushion padding and smaller key dimensions make the one-piece third-row bench a kid-only zone."
The Armada's interior, writes Motor Week, is "full-size spacious, with all the amenities," including an "industrial-size dash presenting most controls in a massive center stack and gauges in a stylish, comprehensive cluster." The finds, "The instrument panel is stylish and handsome without being gaudy." U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman reports, "Dashboard controls are plentiful but not fancy, and the whole layout conveys a rugged feel."
"Accessories are the name of the game in the SUV world," points out About.com, "and it's possible to rack up a big bill in a hurry on the Armada." Edmunds agrees, noting that even though the Armada targets customers "looking for an anti-minivan, the SUV still offers plenty of minivanlike features," including an optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system, "no less than 12 cupholders and more overhead and up-front storage bins than we can count." Those bins draw the praise of a reviewer for About.com: "My favorite features are the non-skid cubbies, just the right size for cell phones, mp3 players and other junk."
The Armada offers plenty of cargo space. Though it has less sheer cubic footage than some in-class competitors, in other comparisons it measures up or surpasses the competition. "With all seats in their full upright positions, the Armada provides 20 cubic feet of space behind the third row, which is similar to that of the Expedition. It's deep enough to fit a 30-gallon cooler," explains Auto Mall USA. "Folding down the third row reveals 57 cubic feet of cargo space, considerably more than what's found in the Expedition. Folding down both rows provides 97 cubic feet of space, a little less than the Chevy Tahoe and Ford Expedition."
MSN believes, "Many shoppers are likely to appreciate the Armada's fold-flat third row. These seats don't need to be removed to provide the maximum 97.1 cubic feet of cargo space." Throughout the interior, says the , "Storage spaces are plentiful and cleverly done." One potential problem that reviewers point out is the Armada's high load floor. Consumer Guide chalks this up to the "high-ride stance" and claims it makes the "available power liftgate a near necessity." About.com agrees: "If you're under 6' tall, get the power liftgate -- it's not a luxury with a vehicle this big."