2017 Nissan Armada
The newly reintroduced Nissan Armada is a large SUV with many inviting features, a high quality interior, and powerful performance.
The interior is near luxury quality and the cabin exhibits an almost silent ride, even while traveling at high speeds. The Armada has a MPG rating somewhat behind its rivals, however, it does possess a higher towing capacity which makes it a good choice for active families who often need to tow a boat or trailer for some weekend fun.
As for its seating options, if you decide to opt for it, there are second-row bench or bucket seats available which ups the seating from 7 to 8. The front seats are a tad more cramped than usually seen for SUVs of this size, and the infotainment system feels a bit lagging behind technologically.
The Armada might not be the top recommended large SUV for the year, but some will definitely find it to be the perfect fit for their lifestyle and needs, especially since it is the only one in its class to be priced below the $45,000’s.
One of the Armada’s best features is its highly affordable price tag with the SV (base) model starting at $44,900. The other two trims available raise the price to $49,650 for the SL, and $57,590 for the Platinum. All trims can up upgraded to AWD for an additional $2,900.
This makes the Armada the most economical option for its class and an excellent value. Even the fully loaded option is still the most affordable of the class.
The Armada is powered by a 5.6-liter, V8 engine that has more horsepower than other rivals like the Toyota Sequoia or Chevrolet Tahoe. It’s paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission than has been reported to lag upon occasion.
Armada’s MPG rating is disappointing at the lower end for the large SUV class, even for some V8 engines, with a rating of 14/city and 19/highway. Although it is still higher than the Toyota Sequoia’s (13/city and 17/highway).
The Armada’s ride redeems itself by behaving like a much smaller SUV than its large frame would suggest. Although not sporty by any means, but it has admirable agility and cornering abilities as well as whisper quiet cabin.
You won’t be disappointed by its power either, as the engine exhibits more than enough for passing and quick maneuvering in addition to its higher-than-average towing capabilities. When properly equipped, the Armada has a maximum towing capacity of 8,500lbs, impressive compared to other vehicles in the class.
The Armada interior features high-quality materials and fancies itself a luxury wannabe, however the infotainment system leaves us wanting more and feeling possibility like last years tech.
Cargo space is also somewhat lacking, especially in the cabin, but allows ample room in the second row to stretch out. With all seats in use, it holds 16.5 cubic feet of space and with the second and back-most row folded flat, there is 94.5 cubic feet. This is lower than some of its rivals.
The 2017 Nissan Armada interior comes in 3 styles. Style availability varies by trim level, but the options are: Almond, Charcoal, Tan.
The exterior is rather boxy in its design but not in an unattractive way. It’s a great SUV for rooftop storage or carrying canoes or similar.
The 2017 Nissan Armada exterior comes in 7 color variants. Color availability varies by trim level, but the options are: Brilliant Silver, Hermosa Blue, Forged Copper, Gun Metallic, Super Black, Mocha Almond, Pearl White.
This vehicle has not been evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
It does possess some advanced safety feature options like front and rear parking sensors and a surround-view camera system, which will give you peace of mind while parallel parking. Other features, like forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, and backup collision intervention, can help you avoid low-speed crashes. There’s also adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and blind spot monitoring available.
The Armada’s predicted reliability is slightly above average at 3.5 out of 5.
It is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000 powertrain warranty.
The Armada has shown great promise for the 2017 model and certainly deserves the opportunity to be considered as your next large SUV even though it’s been a bit overshadowed by some of the other contenders in the class.
Some of its negatives are its slightly lacking cargo space, poor MPG rating, and a substandard infotainment system. But the positives greatly outweigh these negatives in our opinion with its highly affordable pricing, luxurious interior, excellent towing capabilities, powerful engine and exceptional ride.
The Armada is an excellent choice if you need the space of a large SUV while you’re also trying to stay under budget, and don’t want the bulky, loud ride that normally goes along with one, or if you don’t foresee yourself needing a huge amount of cargo space. It’s especially a good fit if your needs include AWD and an above average towing ability, then the Armada just might be the perfect choice for you