2021 Nissan Armada

MSRP range: $48,900 - $68,300
MSRP$50,395
Edmunds suggests you pay$46,135

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2021 Nissan Armada Review

  • High-quality, appealing interior
  • Smooth V8 engine delivers ample power
  • Quiet interior at highway speeds
  • Many standard safety features
  • No getting around the V8's poor fuel economy
  • Third-row seating isn't particularly spacious
  • Hard to lift items into the cargo area
  • New infotainment interface still feels dated
  • Refreshed front and rear styling
  • Redesigned dashboard with new 12.3-inch touchscreen
  • Advanced driver aids now come standard
  • Part of the second Armada generation introduced for 2017

The Armada is the biggest and baddest SUV in Nissan's lineup. Based on the same mechanical bits that underpin the Infiniti QX80, the Armada is a large three-row SUV that employs classic body-on-frame construction. These bones don't make for the most comfortable or exciting-driving SUV, but if you have to tow or venture off-road, the Armada gets the job done.

For 2021, the Nissan Armada receives a few key updates that Nissan hopes will keep the Armada competitive against the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition. On the outside, a new grille, redesigned bumpers, and reworked headlights and taillights. Inside, there's a restyled center stack that is less monolithic than before. A 12.3-inch touchscreen is perched on top, with a slim but clearly labeled row of climate controls underneath.

Overall, we like the updated Armada but find rival SUVs have broader appeal. Want to know more? Read our in-depth Expert Rating evaluation below for more detail.

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The Armada certainly looks the part of a modern full-size SUV. But its recent updates can't fully mask that this is still a trucky, body-on-frame SUV. The sonorous V8 and its associated capability are nice, but overall the Armada lacks the refinement we've come to expect in this class. Other large SUVs have a broader range of talents.
The Armada's 5.6-liter V8 engine is stout. At the Edmunds test track, our test Armada sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, which is a second quicker than a similarly priced Chevrolet Tahoe with the 5.3-liter V8. The Armada also possesses impressive passing power at higher speeds. Just as impressive are the Armada's brakes, which stopped the big SUV from 60 mph in just 123 feet — that's nearly 10 feet shorter than the closest competitor. Around town, the brakes were dependable and consistent.

No one's expecting a large SUV to handle particularly well, and even though the Armada is one of the easiest to drive, its handling limits are modest at best. The steering is slow (you need to turn the wheel more than you expect) and there's not much in the way of feel.
The Armada offers up a fairly quiet and well-isolated driving experience. The broad front seats are comfortable but offer little bolstering to hold you in place around turns. The optional second-row captain's chairs are well padded but can't slide forward and backward to enhance legroom. The third-row seats are rudimentary by today's standards.

The climate controls are very straightforward, and while we'd like larger vents for such a big interior, we were more disappointed at the way the climate system can't hold a consistent temperature when set to its auto mode. Our test Armada's ventilated seats were also fairly noisy without providing noticeable cooling.

The ride quality is definitely on the soft side. That pays dividends when driving over small and moderate bumps. But it's a liability on bigger undulations where you'll feel some shuddering and jostling. Other SUVs feel tighter and more in control. Our test vehicle's 22-inch wheels with the short tire sidewalls didn't exactly do the ride any favors either.
The front seats have enough space, but the farther back you go, the worse it gets. The second-row captain's chairs are fixed in place (they won't slide like those in some rival SUVs), and the third-row seat is mounted low on the floor and hard to get in and out of. The Armada has a tall ride height too, and the side assist steps are pretty much a necessity, even for average-size adults.

The Armada newest dash design has a large infotainment screen and new climate controls. They're easy to use, but the controls and graphics look dated. Outward visibility in the Armada is OK, though the thick front roof pillars and big mirrors can block your view around sharp left turns. The available surround-view camera system goes a long way to alleviating parking stress.
The touchscreen is big, but the graphics still don't look as modern as we'd like. It also takes some time for the system to boot up. Apple CarPlay (with wireless functionality) and Android Auto are standard. Either is preferred to Nissan's native and somewhat clunky infotainment interface. There aren't as many USB and power ports as we expect from a large SUV, and their placement, especially for second-row passengers, isn't ideal.

Fortunately, there are plenty of standard advanced safety features. They all operated well in our testing. The adaptive cruise control brakes and accelerates smoothly, though both functions are a little slow to react.
Cargo space is tight behind the third row. Loading items is hampered by the tall cargo floor and long reach over the large rear bumper. With the optional captain's chairs, the second-row armrest sticks above the cargo floor, complicating the loading of longer objects. Interior storage for front passengers is a little lacking. The front center console is big, but that's pretty much it. You'll likely end up using the front cupholders a lot to hold your other stuff.

The Armada does score well for towing. It has an 8,500-pound maximum tow rating when properly equipped, which is right around what you get from the Chevy Tahoe. Most trims come standard with a trailer brake controller.
The EPA estimates the Armada gets 15 mpg combined (13 city/18 highway) with four-wheel drive and 1 mpg better across the board with RWD. That's a few mpg less than other full-size SUVs. We achieved 16.5 mpg on our highway-heavy 115-mile evaluation route, so at least the EPA estimates seem accurate. Premium fuel is required to get the most power, but the Armada drives just fine on 87 octane.
Pricing is in line with other large SUVs, but the interior materials quality and last-generation technology fall well below current expectations. If your priorities include a powerful V8 engine and strong towing capabilities, the Armada should have some appeal. For those with more conventional needs, it will be a disappointment. Nissan's warranty is merely average.
The Armada's styling is attractive, and the interior is about as close as Nissan is going to get to being near-luxury. If the Armada does one thing very well, it's making its corporate sibling, the Infiniti QX80, look overpriced. The Armada has no real vices, but with the exception of its stout and sonorous V8 engine, the Armada doesn't excel at anything either.

Which Armada does Edmunds recommend?

Our choice for the Armada is the midlevel SL trim. The S and SV have a lot of standard safety features, but you'll appreciate having the SL's upgrades such as leather upholstery, a 360-degree surround-view monitor, power liftgate and trailer sway control.

Nissan Armada models

The 2021 Nissan Armada is a full-size SUV that seats up to eight passengers. It comes in four trim levels: S, SV, SL, and Platinum. All Armada trims have a 5.6-liter V8 engine. Maximum output is 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque when using premium fuel. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard, as is rear-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive with low-range gearing is optional. Other feature highlights include:

S
The base S model starts you off with:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Tow hitch receiver with prewiring for a trailer brake controller
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power-adjustable steering column
  • 12.3-inch center touchscreen
  • Four-speaker stereo system
  • Apple CarPlay (with wireless functionality) and Android Auto smartphone connectivity

Driver safety aids for the base S include:

  • Forward collision mitigation (warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if you don't respond in time)
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
  • Rear automatic braking (brakes if sensors detect an imminent collision with an object behind the vehicle)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while you're in reverse)
  • Blind-spot monitoring (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Armada and the car in front)
  • Front and rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible in front of or behind the vehicle when parking)

SV
Adds to the S equipment with:

  • Roof rails
  • Integrated trailer brake controller (can adjust the trailer's brakes from inside the vehicle)
  • Six-speaker stereo system
  • Heated front seats
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Wireless device charging

SL
On top of the SV's features, it adds:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Sunroof
  • Power liftgate
  • Trailer sway damping (adjusts vehicle brakes to help control trailer movement if a trailer begins to sway)
  • Remote engine start
  • Driver's seat memory settings
  • Leather upholstery
  • 13-speaker Bose stereo system
  • 120-volt household-style power outlet
  • 360-degree camera system (gives you a top-down view of the Armada and its surroundings for tight parking situations)

Platinum
Adds to the SL equipment with:

  • 22-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic windshield wipers
  • Power-folding third-row seat
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Power-reclining and power-folding third-row seats
  • Rear-seat entertainment system

Second-row captain's chairs are available on the SL and Platinum trims and reduce seating capacity to seven people. An available Midnight Edition package for the SL trim adds a blackout color scheme for the Armada's wheels and exterior and interior trim.

Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2021 Nissan Armada.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$48,900
MPG & Fuel
14 City / 19 Hwy / 16 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 26.0 gal. capacity
Seating
8 seats
Drivetrain
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Engine
V8 cylinder
Horsepower: 400 hp @ 5800 rpm
Torque: 413 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 208.9 in. / Height: 75.8 in. / Width: 79.9 in.
Curb Weight: N/A
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 16.5 cu.ft.
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Armada safety features:

Blind-Spot Warning
Warns the driver if there is a vehicle in the Armada's blind spot.
Automatic Emergency Braking
Monitors proximity to the vehicle ahead. In an imminent collision, the Armada can apply the brakes to avoid or mitigate impact.
Intelligent Around View Monitor
Displays a 360-degree top-down image of the car to fine-tune parking maneuvers.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverRating
Rollover3 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover23.7%


Nissan Armada vs. the competition

2021 Nissan Armada

2021 Nissan Armada

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

Nissan Armada vs. Chevrolet Tahoe

Redesigned for 2021, the Chevrolet Tahoe is a top competitor for the Nissan Armada. It has a modern interior, several available engine choices, and a wide variety of trim levels depending on your preferences. The Armada is less expensive, but you get more space and comfort by going with the Tahoe.

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Nissan Armada vs. Ford Expedition

The Ford Expedition is the Edmunds' top-rated large SUV. It has a comfortable and quiet interior, a powerful turbocharged V6, modern tech, and lots of space for adults in all three rows. To match the Armada's equipment, you have to go up a few trim levels on the Ford, making it more expensive, but we think it's worth the price.

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Nissan Armada vs. Kia Telluride

If you're looking at the Armada because you need a three-row SUV to haul your family around but you don't necessarily need big-boat towing power, the Kia Telluride is an excellent choice. It's a bit smaller than the Armada, but it's less expensive, even in higher trim levels. The Telluride easily bests the Armada in interior refinement and value.

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FAQ

Is the Nissan Armada a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Armada both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.1 out of 10. You probably care about Nissan Armada fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Armada gets an EPA-estimated 15 mpg to 16 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Armada has 16.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Nissan Armada. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Nissan Armada?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Nissan Armada:

  • Refreshed front and rear styling
  • Redesigned dashboard with new 12.3-inch touchscreen
  • Advanced driver aids now come standard
  • Part of the second Armada generation introduced for 2017
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Is the Nissan Armada reliable?

To determine whether the Nissan Armada is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Armada. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Armada's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Nissan Armada a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Nissan Armada is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Armada and gave it a 7.1 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Armada is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Nissan Armada?

The least-expensive 2021 Nissan Armada is the 2021 Nissan Armada S 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $48,900.

Other versions include:

  • S 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A) which starts at $48,900
  • SL 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A) which starts at $56,300
  • SL 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 7A) which starts at $59,300
  • S 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 7A) which starts at $51,900
  • Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 7A) which starts at $68,300
  • SV 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A) which starts at $52,900
  • SV 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 7A) which starts at $55,900
  • Platinum 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A) which starts at $65,300
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What are the different models of Nissan Armada?

If you're interested in the Nissan Armada, the next question is, which Armada model is right for you? Armada variants include S 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A), SL 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A), SL 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 7A), and S 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 7A). For a full list of Armada models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Nissan Armada

2021 Nissan Armada Overview

The 2021 Nissan Armada is offered in the following submodels: Armada SUV. Available styles include S 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A), SL 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A), SL 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 7A), S 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 7A), SV 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A), Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 7A), SV 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 7A), and Platinum 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A).

What do people think of the 2021 Nissan Armada?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Nissan Armada and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Armada.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Nissan Armada and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Armada featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Nissan Armada?

2021 Nissan Armada S 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A)

The 2021 Nissan Armada S 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $50,395. The average price paid for a new 2021 Nissan Armada S 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A) is trending $4,260 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,260 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $46,135.

The average savings for the 2021 Nissan Armada S 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A) is 8.5% below the MSRP.

2021 Nissan Armada SV 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A)

The 2021 Nissan Armada SV 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $57,610. The average price paid for a new 2021 Nissan Armada SV 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A) is trending $4,741 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,741 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $52,869.

The average savings for the 2021 Nissan Armada SV 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A) is 8.2% below the MSRP.

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2021 Nissan Armada SL 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A)

The 2021 Nissan Armada SL 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $59,535. The average price paid for a new 2021 Nissan Armada SL 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A) is trending $4,873 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,873 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $54,662.

The average savings for the 2021 Nissan Armada SL 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A) is 8.2% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 16 2021 Nissan Armada SL 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Nissan Armada Platinum 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A)

The 2021 Nissan Armada Platinum 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $68,535. The average price paid for a new 2021 Nissan Armada Platinum 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A) is trending $5,689 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,689 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $62,846.

The average savings for the 2021 Nissan Armada Platinum 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A) is 8.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 17 2021 Nissan Armada Platinum 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 Nissan Armada?

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