Nissan Armada

Nissan Armada

The Great Recession and sky-high gas prices may have dealt a death blow to many mid-size SUVs, but the American desire for large vehicles to haul the family around in never died out entirely. The Nissan Armada is one of the few remaining full-size SUVs on the market today and is entering its 10th year in production with the latest 2014 Armada.

Model Overview

The full-size Nissan Armada was initially introduced into the U.S. market in 2004, as the Nissan Pathfinder Armada. It was introduced at a time when full-size SUVs with powerful towing and seating for six or more passengers, were in high demand among American families in particular. Generally speaking, the Armada was manufactured by Nissan to compete with several large models from domestic automakers in the U.S.

Unlike many of the other full-size SUVs that the Armada competes with, Nissan has not given the vehicle a major overhaul in terms of appearance or performance since its introduction in 2004. While the 2014 features slight styling and feature differences from older models, the guts of the vehicle are largely the same as those that appeared on the original models.

Although the Armada is designed to haul families or tow any toy that adults can imagine behind it, Nissan ensures that the inside of each vehicle has all the features that drivers expect from cars in the 21st century. Some features that are standard across all three trim options for the 2014 Nissan Armada is Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and dual zone automatic temperature control, these are only a few out of many features available.

Modern SUVs with room for seven can achieve greater gas mileage, while offering all the same luxurious appointments. For those looking for a vehicle to do serious hauling with, modern light and heavy duty trucks get equal or greater fuel economy with interior features that are closing the gap on the luxury of the Armada.

With little change to the exterior appearance of the vehicle, it would be easy to purchase a used Armada and end up with a vehicle that looks identical to brand new models rolling off assembly lines. Interior features would be the major sticking point as Bluetooth connectivity, a big must for many drivers today, did not become standard on all trim packages until the 2012 model.

2014 Nissan Armada Safety Ratings

The 2014 Nissan Armada was ranked 3 out of 5 stars in its rollover test results according to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration. The 2014 Nissan Armada has a lot of important safety features including child safety locks, 4-wheel disc brakes, electronic stability control, adjustable pedals, dual stage front airbags, dirver and front passenger impact airbags, and a traction control system.

Noteworthy about the Nissan Armada

  • The 2014 Nissan Armada was named #8 Affordable Large SUVs by US News.
  • A standard 5.6L V8 engine has been the only option on Armada SUVs since its introduction in 2004.