2012 Nissan Armada Review
Though the 2012 Nissan Armada is a good SUV for hauling people and towing boats or trailers, test drivers say its rivals are better in most ways.
The 2012 Nissan Armada performs fairly well for an affordable large SUV. Its V8 engine has a decent amount of get-up-and-go, and it can tow almost as much as class leaders. It offers lots of cargo space, and reviewers say that for a vehicle this big, it’s light on its feet. So why doesn’t the Armada rank better in its class?
Test drivers say the Armada doesn’t seem quite so good when compared with its rivals. Other SUVs can tow more and offer better power and acceleration. The Nissan Armada’s interior is made with some cheap-feeling materials and confusing controls, while others in the class have nicer cabins with roomier third rows. Plus, the Armada’s fuel economy is dismal, even for a truck-based SUV.
Though the large SUV class is dwindling, there are still a few shoppers left who need what the Armada has: brawny, all-weather performance, good towing capabilities and a rugged, utilitarian interior. But many buyers just need all-wheel drive and seven or eight seats. These shoppers would likely be better served by nearly any other SUV on the market.
Other SUVs to Consider
The Chevrolet Tahoe is one of the best large SUVs in its class, thanks to its large towing capacity and seating for up to nine. Though the Tahoe’s fuel economy isn’t fantastic, it’s better than most of its competitors. Reviewers also mention that its handling is pretty decent for a truck-based SUV. Plus, the Tahoe costs less than the Armada.
Test drivers also like the Toyota Sequoia. It can’t tow as much as the Tahoe or the Armada, but reviewers say it outshines its competitors in nearly every other respect. They say it’s easy to maneuver, which is impressive for a vehicle this large. Additionally, most mention that the Sequoia’s interior is well-built and high-quality, which is an area where the Armada falls short. The Toyota Sequoia costs a bit more than the Nissan Armada, but most reviewers say the extra money is worth it.
Details: Nissan Armada
The 2012 Nissan Armada comes in SV, SL and Platinum trims. For 2012, the Armada shuffles some features between trim levels and packages and gets one new exterior color.
See the full list of 2012 Nissan Armada specs.
- "For those who truly need what the 2012 Nissan Armada SUV has, the long list of luxury amenities, comfortable interior and cavernous cargo hold can make owning such a vehicle a little less painful on the paycheck.” -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Armada is big. The Armada is heavy. The Armada sucks down fuel. So why do we like it? Well, the Armada is also solid, refined, and drives better than most so-called crossover SUVs. There's a serious V-8 under the hood, room for the whole family and their stuff, and it can tow a lot.” -- Car and Driver
- "Armada doesn't lead the large-SUV class in any area. It trails key rivals in 3rd-row comfort and ease of entry and exit. Still, engine performance is laudable, and prices generally undercut those of similarly equipped competitors. Despite quality gaffes in some of our test models, Nissan does have a good reputation for mechanical reliability.” -- Consumer Guide
- "The … Nissan Armada remains a solid full-size SUV entering its (ninth) year of production, but newer rivals from Toyota and GM deserve close looks as well. … If you're not regularly going to be using the Armada for towing heavy loads, a large crossover such as the Ford Flex, GMC Acadia or Mazda CX-9 is going to be a better choice thanks to superior carlike dynamics and better fuel economy. An Armada it might be, but this big Nissan has its better days behind it.” -- Edmunds
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