2013 Nissan Armada Review
While reviewers say the 2013 Nissan Armada is a capable large SUV, it is outclassed by most of its rivals in terms of interior quality and comfort, towing ability and driving dynamics.
A 5.6-liter V8 is the only engine available in the Nissan Armada and it is paired to a five-speed automatic transmission. Test drivers say the engine is one of the few bright spots for the 2013 Armada because of its strong acceleration and smooth-shifting transmission. The Nissan Armada gets poor gas mileage, with an EPA-estimated 13/19 mpg city/highway with two-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive models get even worse fuel economy. Critics say this large SUV is difficult to maneuver in tight spaces and parking lots, which is fairly typical of the class. They also note that while the Armada has a smooth highway ride, its ride quickly gets bumpy over uneven pavement. The Armada has good towing capacity, but it falls short of competitors like the Chevrolet Suburban.
The 2013 Nissan Armada’s interior gets mixed reviews. Some automotive critics say the interior is nicely assembled and attractive, but others think it has poor build quality and cheap materials, which make it less appealing. Reviewers note that the first and second rows are comfortable and offer good head- and legroom, but say the third row should only be used by children. There’s a good amount of cargo space in the Armada, but it trails competitors like the Toyota Sequoia. Bluetooth phone connectivity, an eight-speaker stereo system with an auxiliary input and USB port are some of the standard features in the Armada. It can be equipped with features like a backup camera, an upgraded Bose stereo and satellite radio. Critics say the audio and climate controls are straightforward to use.
- "In the Armada, you get a very well-engineered SUV with a powerful V8, a 9,000-pound tow rating and room for up to eight people." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "First introduced back in 2004, the Armada is getting on a bit in years but is still a good choice for those looking to do large amounts of people or cargo hauling." -- Left Lane News
- "Like many other truck-based SUVs, the Armada was created in another time, when bigger was better, sacrifices were made to have three rows to not be in a minivan, and 20 MPG was wonderful but unnecessary. Sadly for the Armada, times have changed and it has not." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
- "Though the 2012 Nissan Armada is a capable full-size SUV, it's outclassed by newer rivals as well as the latest crop of crossover SUVs." -- Edmunds (2012)
- "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." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
Other SUVs to Consider
The Ford Expedition has better fuel economy than the Armada and a high reliability rating. Reviewers say the Expedition has an adult-sized third row and praise the third row's easy-fold flat functionality. The Expedition has more cargo space and slightly more towing capacity.
The Toyota Sequoia is recommended by reviewers because of its powerful engine and spacious interior. The Sequoia has comparable fuel economy to the Armada, but a more a powerful engine. Reviewers appreciate the Sequoia’s quality interior and its roomy third-row seats. Its high reliability rating also makes it a smart choice if you need a large SUV.
Details: 2013 Nissan Armada
The eight-seat Nissan Armada comes in three trims: SV, SL and Platinum. All trims have a V8 engine matched with a five-speed automatic transmission and two-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive is optional. Higher trims add interior features and upgraded materials. The Armada is largely unchanged for the 2013 model year. This overview uses applicable research and reviews from model years 2008 to 2013.