Rugged body-on-frame construction, stout V8 power and impressive off-road capability make the Nissan Armada an excellent choice for the weekend adventurer. At the same time, a refined interior and eight-passenger utility secure the Armada’s place as a civilized and family-friendly daily driver.
2017 to Present: Nissan Armada
The second-generation Nissan Armada was introduced for the 2017 model year. The ground-up reboot departs from the first-generation’s Titan-based truck platform and adopts a new “Patrol” platform with a history that extends to the 1950s. The second-generation Armada continues to be the flagship in Nissan’s SUV lineup, which includes the Pathfinder, Murano and Rogue.
All Armada models are powered by Nissan’s 390-horsepower, 5.6-liter V8 engine and seven-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is available as an option.
The full-size “family-friendly” Armada features traditional body-on-frame construction that provides a good balance of durability and comfort. With seating for up to eight passengers and an impressive towing capacity, the Armada rarely comes up short in the area of utility.
The current Armada’s interior provides a premium feel with standard features that Nissan often reserves for its Infiniti brand. Cloth seats are standard, and replaced with leather in higher trim levels. Dual-zone automatic climate control and push-button start are standard.
The base Armada includes a Bose audio system and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity. All models also include a navigation system and a color touch-screen display. Top trim levels are equipped with a rear-seat entertainment system that boasts dual headrest displays, wireless headphones and more.
Earlier Nissan Armada Models
The Nissan Armada debuted for 2004 as Nissan’s flagship SUV. This eight-passenger model comes with a 5.6-liter V8 engine that makes 305 to 317 horsepower, depending on the model year. The off-road capable Armada comes standard with a five-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, while four-wheel drive was available as an option. The first-gen Armada was originally available in SE, SE Off-Road and LE trims. Additional trim levels offered during the 11 model-year run include Titanium, Platinum, SV and SL.
The first-generation Armada offers a roomy interior with plenty of cargo space. Unlike many competitors, the Armada’s third-row is spacious enough for adults and teenagers. While towing is exceptional and the Armada’s driving manners are refined (thanks to the independent rear suspension), fuel economy is not the Armada’s strong suit. That said, the Armada’s fuel economy estimates were in line with contemporaries from early in the first-generation’s 11-year run.