2018 Nissan Armada SUV
- High-quality interior is appealing
- Smooth V8 engine delivers ample power for towing and hauling
- Rides more comfortably, less trucklike, than some rival SUVs
- No getting around the V8's poor fuel economy
- Infotainment system is dated
- Third-row seating isn't as spacious as some rivals
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Which Armada does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4 / 5
Surprisingly luxurious and easy to drive, the 2018 Nissan Armada offers ample power, room and utility. With three rows of seats, robust towing limits and sophisticated four-wheel-drive capability, the Armada capably handles both the daily grind and the road less traveled.
Some of the Armada's special sauce comes from the Armada sharing its bones with the upmarket Infiniti QX80. It's the same SUV from Nissan's luxury division. There are some differences between the two models, and certainly the Armada lacks the Infiniti's more refined details, but overall the design and fit-and-finish rises above those of a standard SUV.
There's also plenty of room to highlight all that interior goodness. The Armada's total cabin space is larger than many of its competitors, and offers 16 cubic feet of luggage space behind its upright third row. Folding all rows opens up nearly 95 cubic feet of cargo space, which is better than average — less space than a Ford Expedition, but more than a Chevrolet Tahoe. The Armada also brakes, steers and handles with surprising coordination, and the 5.6-liter V8 engine delivers hearty acceleration.
There are a few drawbacks to the Armada. Fuel economy is poor even for a big SUV, the third-row isn't that roomy (for adults at least), and the infotainment interface is dated. But as an overall package that can tackle outdoor pursuits or the suburban mean streets with equal aplomb, the 2018 Nissan Armada is a heavyweight.
Notably, we picked the 2018 Nissan Armada as one of Edmunds' Best Family SUVs for this year.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Nissan Armada is a full-size SUV that seats eight passengers. Second-row captain's chairs are available on the top Platinum trim and reduce seating to seven. All Armada trims use a 5.6-liter V8 engine (390 horsepower, 394 pound-feet of torque) paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is optional. The Armada's trim levels start at the SV, move up to the midgrade SL, and finish with the nearly fully loaded Platinum.
The standard SV trim starts with 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, roof rails, side steps, keyless ignition and entry, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a reclining second-row bench split seat and a 60/40-split third-row seat.
Tech features include Bluetooth connectivity, a navigation system, an 8-inch touchscreen display, and a 13-speaker Bose audio system with a CD player, satellite radio, HD radio, two USB media inputs and two USB charge-only ports.
The optional Driver package adds a power liftgate, foglights, a power-adjustable third-row seat, an auto-dimming mirror and a trailering package.
The SL trim level includes the Driver package items plus 20-inch wheels, rain-sensing wipers, remote engine start, a power-adjustable steering wheel, driver-preferences memory, leather upholstery, leather door trim, a 120-volt power outlet, and an enhanced 360-degree top-down parking camera with moving-object detection and warning.
The SL's optional Premium package adds a sunroof, adaptive cruise control, forward and rearward emergency automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
The range-topping Platinum adds the SL's optional equipment along with different 20-inch wheels, speed-sensitive steering (requires less effort at slow speeds), heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, a rear-seat entertainment system and an upgraded rearview mirror than can display a constant video feed from the rearview camera.
Two packages are available for the Armada Platinum. The Captain's Chairs package replaces the second-row bench seats with two bucket seats and a center console with a padded armrest, and the Platinum Reserve package adds special exterior trim and two-tone leather upholstery.
Noise & vibration5
Ease of use3.5
Getting in/getting out3
Child safety seat accommodation4
Audio & navigation3
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Armada safety features:
- Blind-Spot Monitoring
- The Armada's size and width make for reduced side and rear visibility. This feature helps compensate. Standard on Platinum, optional on SL.
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Front radar monitors proximity to the vehicle ahead. In an imminent collision, the Armada can apply the brakes to avoid or mitigate impact.
- Around-View Monitor
- Four cameras display a 360-degree bird's-eye image of the car. Selectable curbside view works great for parking. Standard on SL, Platinum.
2018 Nissan Armada SUV for Sale
Crossovers might rule the SUV school, but a market still thrives for old-school full-size SUVs such as the 2018 Nissan Armada. The Armada is a comfortable and surprisingly luxurious alternative for those who need an SUV that can tow trailers and toys or claw its way over rough terrain en route to outdoor adventure.
The 2018 Armada is fresh off a full second-generation redesign from the year before. The first-gen Armada was built off the bones of Nissan's full-size Titan pickup, but the second-gen model is a new breed. Like its posh sibling, the Infiniti QX80, the Armada is based on the Nissan Patrol, an accomplished off-road SUV that has sold in markets outside of the United States for many years. Built with body-on-frame construction for maximum ruggedness, the Armada features seating for up to eight and a powerful V8 engine.
Changes are minor for the 2018 model and include NissanConnect telematics services (emergency/accident notification, remote access features, etc.), HD Radio, hands-free text messaging and additional USB charging ports as standard features. There's also a new Platinum Reserve package, which adds dark chrome exterior trim features to Platinum models.
In terms of its engine, the Armada speaks softly but carries a big stick — a brawny 5.6-liter V8 that produces 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque, which can be paired with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive with a low-range transfer case. The Armada can tow up to 8,500 pounds, more than most small pickup trucks, but the engine is thirsty: The EPA estimates you'll get 15 mpg combined with four-wheel drive.
Surprisingly, the interior differences between the Nissan Armada and the Infiniti QX80 are just about negligible — and make no mistake, the ambiance and materials quality are all to Infiniti standards. We did miss the Infiniti's seats, which offer a greater degree of adjustability. First- and second-row comfort are fine, but the third-row seat and the cargo bay don't offer as much room as some of the Armada's full-size competitors.
The driving experience is just as refined as the interior decor. We expect some element of engine roar and wind noise in a road-going brick like this, but the Armada is respectably quiet. And though it definitely feels more cumbersome and trucklike than a large crossover, the Armada's ride is free of the bouncing and shimmying over bumps we've come to expect from full-size body-on-frame vehicles.
The Armada is available as a seven- or eight-seat SUV in SV, SL and Platinum trim levels. The SV comes very nicely equipped, with the SL adding features we expect from entry-level luxury vehicles and the Platinum narrowing the gap between the Armada and its Infiniti counterpart even further. What's the best way to equip this big SUV? Let Edmunds help find the perfect 2018 Nissan Armada for you.
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What do people think of the 2018 Nissan Armada SUV?
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Nissan Armada SUV?
2018 Nissan Armada SUV Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 7A)
The 2018 Nissan Armada SUV Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 7A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $64,395. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Armada SUV Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 7A) is trending $8,873 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Armada SUV Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 7A) is13.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Nissan Armada SUV SL 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 7A)
The 2018 Nissan Armada SUV SL 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 7A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $57,655. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Armada SUV SL 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 7A) is trending $7,148 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $7,148 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$50,507.
The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Armada SUV SL 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 7A) is12.4% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Nissan Armada SUV SV 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 7A)
The 2018 Nissan Armada SUV SV 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 7A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $51,295. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Armada SUV SV 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 7A) is trending $6,675 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $6,675 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$44,620.
The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Armada SUV SV 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 7A) is13% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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