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in 2012 Affordable Large SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $25,678 - $35,483
Original MSRP: $39,870 - $55,120
MPG: 12 City / 18 Hwy
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2012 Nissan Armada Interior

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Reviewers say that while the Armada certainly is large, its interior can feel fairly downmarket for such an expensive SUV, and the Armada’s third row isn’t as roomy as it looks on the outside.

  • "Interior looks a little cheap.” -- Car and Driver
  • "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

Seating

The Armada can seat up to eight people with its standard bench seat, or up to seven with the optional second-row captain’s chairs. Reviewers like the front seats, but complain about the second and third rows.

  • "The front seats are roomy and supportive. … 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 the 3rd row. Once there, adults find a flat, hard, undersized bench and less space than in most other large SUVs.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "It's sort of challenging to get into the third row.” -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

Most reviewers like the Armada's interior, which offers plenty of entertainment options, as well as a stylish design. Base models include speed-sensitive windshield wipers, cruise control, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel and power-adjustable pedals.

To get the best of the goodies, you’ll need to trade up to the Platinum trim, which has a standard navigation system, power liftgate and a hard drive for storing music files.

  • "The gauges are easy to read. Simple three-dial climate system may be a stretch away for some drivers, and its dial positions can be tough to decipher in daylight.” -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

The Armada offers plenty of cargo space: 20 cubic feet behind the third row, 56.7 cubic feet behind the second row with the third row folded and 97.1 cubic feet total. Though the Armada has less space than some class competitors, it has easy-to-fold seats for quick conversion from hauling people to hauling cargo. Competitors from General Motors, like the Chevrolet Tahoe and the GMC Yukon, require you to remove the heavy, bulky third row in order to maximize cargo space. Several reviewers commented that there’s lots of storage space for smaller items, including a deep center console and storage compartments in the ceiling.

  • “Space is modest behind the 3rd-row seat, but its split-folding design adds versatility. Too bad raising those 3rd-row seats in the SV requires crawling into the load area or climbing into the 2nd row. Fortunately, SL and Platinum offer power operation for the 3rd row. The front-passenger seat back folds flat for a long cargo channel in SVs with cloth upholstery. Terrific interior storage includes bins, pockets, and lots of beverage holders.” -- Consumer Guide

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