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MSRP: $37,590 - $52,860
Invoice: $34,617 - $48,661
MPG: 13 City / 19 Hwy
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Nissan Armada Interior

Some critics say the 2014 Nissan Armada is handsome and features high-quality materials, but others think that it is poorly constructed, has boring styling and cheap-feeling materials. Most reviewers agree that the first two rows of seating are comfortable, but they think the third row is cramped, which is a typical complaint for a three-row SUV. The Armada has much less cargo space than other large SUVs, and it lacks several features that are offered in its competitors, such as an optional blind spot monitoring system or a standard backup camera. Test drivers agree that the gauges and interior controls in the base Armada are highly legible and straightforward.

  • "Nissan has also kept the big truck fresh with a series of updates throughout its life span, the most notable of which was a major interior overhaul in 2008. It replaced the old, garbage-can quality plastics with rich appointments that wouldn't look out of place in an Infiniti." -- Left Lane News
  • "On tested Armadas, interior decor is somewhat lackluster, with materials that trail Armada's large-SUV rivals. Test examples suffered from various creaks and rattles, including a squeaking steering column and a wind whistle from the cargo area." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The 2013 Nissan Armada offers an eight-passenger cabin that's attractive and well put together." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "As in many competitors, the interior is dated. And apart from a heated steering wheel, navigation, DVD player, and a few other niceties, it's hard to discern a Platinum-grade Armada from a less expensive SL." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)

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Seating

The 2014 Armada has seating for eight in three rows, and can be outfitted with second-row captain’s seats, which reduces seating to seven. Cloth seats and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Leather seats and heated front- and second-row seats are optional. Test drivers say that the front seats are spacious, comfortable and supportive. Most reviewers think the second-row seats are spacious and comfortable as well, and one says that is true whether you use the standard bench seat or the optional captain’s chairs. However, another complains that the captain’s chairs are narrow and unsupportive. Most critics agree that the third row is cramped and uncomfortable, and some complain that the folding second-row seats don’t move far enough forward to provide easy access to the third row.

  • "As one would expect from its gargantuan exterior dimensions, the Armada has no shortage of interior acreage. Space in generous for first and second-row passengers, although the third-row is best suited for children." -- Left Lane News
  • "Second-row space is generous, but the available bucket seats are narrow and not particularly supportive. The seats flip forward, but leave a slim passage that forces a jungle-gym climb into or out of the 3rd row. Once there, adult passengers find a flat, hard, undersized bench and less space than in most other class competitors." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Seating comfort for both front and second-row passengers is quite good, with plenty of head- and legroom with either the 40/20/40-split second-row bench or the Platinum model's optional twin captain's chairs (which drop seating capacity to seven). The 60/40-split third-row seat is a little short on legroom, however." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "However, Nissan did get one thing right -- the front seats are very comfortable and surprisingly well-bolstered giving the non-sporting demeanor of this truck." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)

Interior Features

The Armada comes equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, an eight-speaker stereo system, an auxiliary jack, a USB port and satellite radio. Available features include Bluetooth streaming audio, a backup camera, an upgraded Bose stereo system, a rear-seat entertainment system and a touch-screen navigation system.

The Nissan Armada lacks several features that are offered in competing large SUVs, such as an optional blind spot monitoring system or a standard backup camera. Reviewers agree that the gauges and controls in the base Armada are easy to read and simple to use, although one thinks that the controls are too far away from the driver, which is a common complaint with large SUVs. Another test driver complains that models with the optional navigation system have too many buttons.

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  • "Large, clearly marked gauges are easy to read. The climate and audio-system controls are simple enough to operate, but some of them are a stretch away for most drivers." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Gauges and controls are well-placed and intuitive, though Platinum models equipped with the standard navigation system suffer from an overabundance of buttons." -- Edmunds (2013)

Cargo

The 2014 Nissan Armada has 97.1 cubic feet of overall cargo capacity behind the first row, 56.7 cubic feet behind the second row and 20 cubic feet with all seats in use. The Armada’s overall cargo capacity trails most large SUVs’, but it has more space behind the third row than many in its class, including the Ford Expedition and the Chevrolet Tahoe. One test driver notes that occupants should have plenty of space to stash their belongings inside the cabin. The Nissan Armada’s front passenger seat, second-row seats and third-row seats fold to create a flat loading floor for large items. A power-folding third-row seat and a power liftgate are optional.

  • "Terrific interior storage includes bins, pockets, and lots of beverage holders." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/12/14

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