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Nissan Armada Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.6 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 317 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/18 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2007 Nissan Armada

  • Although competitors offer more cargo capacity and, in some cases, better interior materials, the 2007 Nissan Armada is a strong candidate for buyers seeking a large SUV that can comfortably seat six to eight passengers and tow a boat or travel trailer with ease.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Roomy accommodations in all three rows, muscular V8 engine, fold-flat third-row seat, well suited for towing and off-road use.

  • Cons

    Some cut-rate cabin materials, less cargo space than competitors, poor fuel economy, cumbersome to park.

  • What's New for 2007

    For 2007, the Nissan Armada's 5.6-liter V8 has been re-rated at 317 hp and 385 pound-feet, though actual performance is unchanged. The V8 also has a flex-fuel feature this year, allowing it to run on either gasoline or E85 (an 85-percent ethanol/15-percent gasoline blend).

Full 2007 Nissan Armada Review

What's New for 2007

For 2007, the Nissan Armada's 5.6-liter V8 has been re-rated at 317 hp and 385 pound-feet, though actual performance is unchanged. The V8 also has a flex-fuel feature this year, allowing it to run on either gasoline or E85 (an 85-percent ethanol/15-percent gasoline blend).


The bigger its scale, the better we Americans are at crafting the product. It's no surprise that this country is the birthplace of super-size fries, Texas hair and, well, Texas.

Given this logic, it makes perfect sense that the U.S. has long been the dominant force in the full-size SUV segment. This category was founded by domestic marques, and for years, homegrown nameplates were the only option for buyers seeking a sport-utility vehicle endowed with king-size brawn. Toyota was the first foreign brand to penetrate the ranks, back in model-year 2001. Nissan followed suit in model-year 2004, with the introduction of the Pathfinder Armada SUV.

Nissan's largest SUV, now known simply as the Armada, is as big as the big boys when it comes to power and size. The 2007 Nissan Armada boasts truly spacious accommodations for its passengers, offering more first- and second-row legroom than the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition or Toyota Sequoia. The Ford boasts more third-row room by virtue of its lower floor, but at the expense of off-road capability -- which happens to be one of the Armada's strengths.

Acceleration is another of its strengths, as Nissan's hauler is motivated by a stout 5.6-liter V8 good for 317 horsepower. The engine moves the Armada off the line with authority and gives the SUV a 9,100-pound tow rating. Not only is this one of the top numbers in the full-size class, our experience has shown that the V8 has impressive stamina in towing situations.

As roomy and capable as the 2007 Nissan Armada is, it's not the most practical of the full-size SUVs to drive on an everyday basis. For families who make only occasional use of the third-row seat, the Tahoe and Sequoia offer superior seat comfort, higher-quality cabin materials, more cargo space and easier maneuverability in tight spaces. If you really do need a vehicle that can accommodate your family of six or seven and tow a boat with ease, by all means make a beeline for the rugged Armada. But if your requirements aren't quite so extreme, we think one of its competitors might suit you better.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

A large SUV, the 2007 Nissan Armada is offered in SE and LE trim levels. Choose the base SE and you'll get an eight-passenger vehicle with standard 18-inch alloy wheels; an eight-way power driver seat; a reclining second-row bench seat; dual-zone climate control (with controls for the front and rear); an eight-speaker sound system with an in-dash CD changer and an MP3 player input jack; power-adjustable pedals; full power accessories; and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Move up to the Armada LE and you get a power liftgate; foglights; heated leather seats with power adjustments for the front passenger and memory settings for the driver; second-row captain's chairs; and an upgraded 265-watt, 10-speaker Bose sound system.

The power liftgate, leather upholstery and Bose audio system are available as options on the SE. The LE's options list includes 18-inch chrome wheels and a navigation system. A DVD entertainment system, satellite radio (XM or Sirius) and a sunroof are optional on both trims.

Powertrains and Performance

All Nissan Armadas come with a 5.6-liter V8 capable of 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard, and both trims are available with two- or four-wheel drive. Four-wheel-drive models use a full-time system with a push-button transfer case. Properly equipped, the Armada can tow 9,100 pounds. Fuel economy rates 13 mpg in the city and 18-19 mpg on the highway.


Standard on the 2007 Nissan Armada are antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control, front-seat active head restraints, rear parking sensors and side curtain airbags that protect all three rows of passengers. Seat-mounted side airbags for front occupants are optional on the SE and standard on the LE. In NHTSA frontal-impact crash tests, the Armada scored four stars for driver protection and a perfect five stars for passenger protection.

Interior Design and Special Features

The full-size 2007 Nissan Armada offers seating for up to eight passengers and easy-to-use, fold-flat second and third-row seats. For maximum flexibility in hauling people and cargo, the second-row bench has a 40/20/40 split, while the third row has a 60/40 split. Opting for the LE model drops seating capacity to seven and replaces the second-row bench with captain's chairs (although a bench seat remains a no-cost option). Cabin materials are nothing special, but there's plenty of storage space up front, including an unprecedented number of overhead storage bins. With both the second- and third-row seats folded flat, there's 97 cubic feet of cargo space. This is about 10 cubes less capacity than the Armada's domestic competitors offer.

Driving Impressions

While the powerful V8 makes the Armada feel light on its feet when accelerating off the line and on the highway, the massive girth of this truck is obvious when cornering or coming to an abrupt stop. Still, ride quality is smooth and comfortable, and the well-weighted steering makes the full-size Nissan SUV easy enough to maneuver in everyday driving situations. The big V8 has a nice throaty rumble when pressed and at the same time delivers smooth power on par with the Sequoia's V8.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

Love it!

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Vehicle: 2007 Nissan Armada LE FFV 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 5A)

Love it! 66,000 miles and not one problem besides a bad airbag sensor, and a dead battery 4 years in. Put in a cold air intake from injen or s&b, maybe an exhaust or chip and hold on. Body roll is minimal, the thing rides like a big nimble draft horse, a Clydesdale. Brakes are good stock, outstanding once you upgrade the pads, amazing with performance pads and rotors. Mine has 24' Asanti rims on it on with 35 series Pirelli tires and it actually rides more carlike. 3rd row is comfortable for adults for moderately long car rides, far from the useless 3rd row in a tahoe or yukon. Its a great truck..tows it, hauls it, moves it.

Great car with a lot

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Vehicle: 2007 Nissan Armada SE FFV 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 5A)

I bought a 2005 armada and liked it so much I bought another one in 2007. The 2005 still had the break problem of the previous 2004 year but it has been corrected by making the rotors stronger. It has a lot of pick up and a lot of room. I have had this 2nd one for almost 3 years and 40k miles and have not had any problems but for the back door latch sticking. The only thing I wish was better is the gas mileage which is at 11 miles per gallon in the city. The 2005 got 13 miles with the same type of travel. Not sure what the difference is. Highway is between 16 and 17 miles per gallon.

Best large suv imo

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Vehicle: 2007 Nissan Armada SE 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 5A)

I have driven 40k miles thus far and owned for 3 years along with owning just about every other large SUV on the market at some point in the 2004- 2008 range and still pleased with the armada. It it a power house, nimble for such a tank and is easy to run 85 on trips with feeling very secure. The only issues I have had is the brakes that only seem to last me about 7k miles before they start warping and I drive 90 percent highway with no towing. Oh, forgot to mention that when you do tow, what a powerhouse. My family loves this truck and we are considering a second one for my wife even though the gas mileage is about 13.9 MAX for highway, it's worth it!

Love the ride - hate

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Vehicle: 2007 Nissan Armada LE 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 5A)

Love this car. We have every option available and use them all. Great family car to travel with. My two complaints are the dealership has charged me and tried to oil the parts associated with the breaks to stop the squeak when driving slow. I now have 53,000 miles and have gone to my tire guy and they have oiled the parts which helps for awhile, the squeak comes back. Second complaint is the dealer has not been able to eliminated the rattle when the shade is open on the sunroof. Seems like both problems should be an easy fix, not for the Sarasota Nissan Dealer.

Front end driving stability

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Vehicle: 2007 Nissan Armada LE 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 5A)

Overall I'm pretty satisfied. I love the power!! Not real crazy about the gas mileage...but it's hard to have both. Great interior features and love the Bose sound. The one thing my wife wasn't going to compromise on was the "butt warmers!" A must for her...gotta admit...I like em too.

I have the same wind

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Vehicle: 2007 Nissan Armada LE 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 5A)

I agree with the guy who has the wind noise coming through the door seal or window seal. I have taken my Armada to the dealership more than a dozen times and they say the same thing, they have no idea what it is. It is frustrating. I hear the wind more when it is cold outside or hitting a pretty good bump in the road. And he is right about the moon roof. Mine rattles and the dealership can't fix that either. Other than those issues I enjoy the truck.

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North America, Inc., announced that the Nissan Armada will be produced as an E85 compatible vehicle in 2007. The vehicle will be manufactured at Nissan’s Canton, Mississippi plant....

I have a 2007 Armada SE with only 4000 miles. I have notice some clunking noise when I made a changing shift from P to R or to D gear. Sometime I heard the clunking sometime not at all. If you're on a...

Gas Mileage


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  • 18
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