Overview (Final Score: B)
Nissan discontinued the Armada sport utility vehicle for the 2016 model year, taking the time to redesign it into an all-new offering. The 2017has proven worth the wait, with the all-new body, chassis, powertrain and interior proving that the SUV segment could use some shaking up.
The Armada is a full-sized SUV with a traditional body-on-frame chassis and a lot of truck-like capability. With seating for up to eight, trim levels that will appeal to just about any budget within this segment, and an interior that can rival many premium-level offerings, the Armada is definitely a big step up from previous generations.
Competition in the full-sized SUV segment is strong, but the Armada seems to be setting new benchmarks. Theand its twin are the best-sellers that now seem a bit outclassed in many respects. The usable third row and smooth road drive of the Armada are definite selling points, but the GM twins offer more cargo. The is a close competitor to the Armada, offering similar all-around goodness and a better third row experience. Fuel economy is much better in the Ford as well, but looks and the higher power output of the Armada’s engine is a strong selling point against the Expedition.
Now based on the global platform of the Patrol, the Armada has an all-new V8 engine shared with the big Titan XD pickup and a stronger transmission with an eye towards smooth highway driving and towing. There’s a lot to consider with this big SUV and anyone shopping in the full-sized segment will want to check it out.
What We Love About the 2017 Nissan Armada:
- Excellent powertrain in all respects
- Good interior look that rivals some premium vehicles
- Usable third row
What We Don’t Love About the 2017 Nissan Armada:
- Sub-par fuel economy
- Cargo space is not as big as most rivals
- No safety or reliability numbers (as of yet)
You can learn more about the 2017 Armada and current prices, in the FULL REVIEW HERE.