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in 2009 Affordable Large SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $18,003 - $22,161
Original MSRP: $37,210 - $47,860
MPG: 12 City / 18 Hwy
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2009 Nissan Armada Interior

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The interior of the Armada reflects its exterior, which means the cabin is expansive -- though not more so than competitors. Cruising in the seven- or eight-passenger (depending on second-row seat configuration) Armada is comfortable, according to most reviewers. A few complain of squeaks and rattles. The ride height gives rise to a reviewer annoyance-it's tough to get in to and out of the Armada.

  • "Interior decor is mostly plain with materials that trail Armada's large-SUV rivals. Test examples had various creaks and rattles, including a squeaking steering column and wind whistle from the cargo area." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Difficult entry and exit." -- Cars.com

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Seating

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.

  • "Roomy, supportive [front] seats . . . Second-row space is generous, but the available bucket seats are narrow and lack proper contouring and thigh support. They tumble forward, but leave a slim passage that means a jungle-gym climb into or out of 3rd row. Once there, adults find a flat, hard, undersized bench and less space than in most other large SUVs." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Armada easily accommodates seven or eight passengers." -- Auto Mall USA
  • "Big, comfy, well-upholstered buckets, with 8-way power adjustment for the driver and power adjustable pedals on all models." -- Motor Week
  • "The comfortable driver's seat is power-adjustable, as are the pedals, so finding a good driving position is pretty easy," -- About.com.
  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Difficult entry and exit." -- Cars.com
  • "Despite 'theatre style' elevation, relatively thin cushion padding and smaller key dimensions make the one-piece third-row bench a kid-only zone." -- Automobile Magazine

Interior Features

Most reviewers like the Armada's interior, which offers plenty of entertainment options, as well as a stylish design.

  • "Sorting through the plethora of pushbuttons and layers of electronics just to change how the air flows on you can prove to be a challenge. I even had a hard time finding the radio, which, by the way, was right in the middle of dash. " -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The gauges are easy to read. Simple three-dial climate system may be a stretch away for some drivers, and dial positions can be tough to decipher in daylight." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

The Armada offers plenty of cargo space. Though it has less sheer cubic footage than some class competitors, it has easy-to-fold seats for quick conversion from people to cargo-hauling.

  • "The Armada's versatile rear-seat design includes fold-flat seats that create a level loading floor." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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," -- Auto Mall USA

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