If your reading this review, your likely considering the 2017 Armada. I've long been impressed with the looks and performance of the QX56/80 and when Nissan first released the very similar redesigned Armada, I immediately wanted one. After reading the "expert" reviews, I decided to pull the trigger and purchase a 2017 Black on Black Platinum 4WD. My new Armada is absolutely beautiful sitting in my driveway and is the envy of all my friends. Little do they know, I am wondering if I made a horrible mistake... the honeymoon ended two days after my purchase when I hit the gas station for the first time. I found it a little odd that I was filling up so soon but ignored my concern because I was still blinded by this beauty. After traveling another 60 miles, I realized my fuel gauge was already down to half a tank. At this point, only 4 days after owning the vehicle, I came to the realization that something isn't right. Not only does this vehicle get between 10-12 MPG, the tank seems to be closer to 20 gallons as opposed to the reported 26 gallons. The last 3 fill ups from nearly empty have only allowed me to fill between 16-17 gallons. This vehicle is requiring a fill up 2-3 times a week when only being used for kid pick up and drops and the usual grocery store and shopping trips. As it stands, we are only getting about 220-260 miles per tank. The freequency of fill ups is excessive and inconvenient. When driving the vehicle, the ride is nice and pleasant. The steering is a little sloppy and steering wheel feedback is lacking. The wheel turns too easily and doesn't return to the neutral position with enough force. As a result, you feel like your steering an entry level Sentra as opposed to a $60k luxury rig. The transmission mapping is very unrefined. Fist gear is so low that the Armada shifts almost immediately after the vehicle begins to move. Due to the excessively early shift and despite the 390hp engine, it's feels sluggish and geared too high after first gear. Once into 3rd gear or above and at cruising speed, applying slight to moderate throttle produces little results. In order to get the vehicle moving faster at this point you really have to press the pedal until it causes the Armada to downshift two gears. The shifting and gearing ratios aren't even as refined as on my 2003 Toyota Sequoia which has 125k miles on it. A couple additional items to note, the USB port in the front center console charges at a Very slow rate. It's so slow that it barely keeps your phone from discharging while plugged in. Interior lighting is adequate however, it's very surprising to find that LED bulbs are nowhere to be found. The Bose sound system is also very underwhelming. There are very limited adjustments available which include basic Bass, Trebble, fader and balance only. It will require at least a subwoofer install just to bring the audio up to average.
I shopped the GMC Yukon Denali against this new Armada. It's a much better value than the Denali. After test driving 3 new Denalis and finding vibration in all 3 I switched to looking at this new Armada.. The main reasons I purchased the Armada are 1) better value for the money 2) No vibrations, smooth, powerful and really tight - no rattles/noises 3) Nice looking and different than the typical GM or Ford form factors 4) 9+ inches ground clearance 5) All the safety technology 6) like the rear heater/AC venting in the back better....
I bought this SUV in Oct 2016, and it's too new to give an accurate review. So far, it's a great full size SUV. My wife loves it (technically, it's hers). I took it back to the dealer a few days later for the wheel alignment because the steering wheel was off center. The dealer didn't have the wheel specs on 2017 model, but the Technician was able to use the 2016 Infinity QX80 specs to align the wheels. It has plenty of power and drinks lots of gas, but it has very nice safety features for the platinum package. I live in Pensacola, FL, but I bought the SUV in Mobile AL. We wanted to buy it locally, but the Nissan Dealership in Pensacola swapped the 2nd row captain seats to the bench seat after we agreed on the price. Good thing, I asked to see the SUV before I was going to sign the final paperwork. I went Mobile and got everything I wanted in the vehicle w/ the captain seats for $1300 less.
As much as I hated the old Armada, I love this new one!! This is the only SUV my husband and I could agree on and I love it. The entire vehicle almost exactly mirrors the Infiniy, for 20k less. The only "con" I can mention is that it sucks gas like crazy.....but at this size, they all do.
I purchased my 2017 Nissan Armada in September and it has been in the shop for multiple issues. I bought my Platinum Armada thinking i wouldn't have any issues for a long time to come. Well that was farther from the truth..... The issues started the day I took it home and its currently in the repair shop for 12 days now for a total of 3 trips now. I'm wondering if I made the wrong decision in buying a model in its first year on the market... because it has been in the shop for 23 out of the 40 days since the day I brought it home. I have been a loyal customer to the Nissan Brand for many years. I never thought that I would be writing a review about how unhappy I am with my Nissan Armada. Its just painful when you make a purchase of this magnitude and spend your hard earned money for a product that turns out to be a NIGHTMARE. Im not sure how this story will end but its already taken a toll on me. If I had to do it all over again I would have waited another year before buying the Nissan Armada. I have to say its looks nice with all the bells and whistles. When you can't drive your new vehicle without issues all of that goes out the window. Well I will have to wait to see how this all plays out and do a follow up to this review after I get my vehicle back. So stay tuned for part 2 of my saga!!!