Used 2019 Nissan Armada SUV
Which Armada does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
- High-quality interior is appealing
- Smooth V8 engine delivers ample power
- Quiet interior at highway speeds
- Many standard and optional safety features
- No getting around the V8's poor fuel economy
- Infotainment system is dated and lacks Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
- Third-row seating isn't particularly spacious
- Hard to lift items into the cargo area
- Forward collision mitigation and adaptive cruise control are now standard
- Part of the second Armada generation introduced for 2017
|Overall||6.9 / 10|
The drive experience is a mixed bag. The V8 engine makes plenty of power and sounds fantastic, and the seven-speed transmission delivers that power smoothly and predictably. The brakes are suitably strong and bring the Armada to a smooth stop.
Alas, straight-line performance is all the Armada does well. The steering doesn't give you a good feel for how much you're turning; driver focus is required. The Armada leans and wallows in corners more than we'd like, too. While we don't expect a big SUV like this to be sporty, other rivals do a better job of conveying a sense of precision and handling stability.
The Armada's main claim to fame here is the utter quietness with which it goes about its business. It's hushed inside unless you floor the throttle. At this point, you hear the V8 roar to life, but it's a strong, high-quality V8 sound that's pleasant and impressive without being overbearing. Roll off the throttle and it fades back into the background.
But we're not nearly as enthusiastic about the seats. They look comfortable, but the lower cushions are overly hard and flat, which isn't what you want on a long road trip. The ride quality too is disappointing. The suspension tuning is overly soft, so the Armada pitches around a lot when you maneuver. It does a poor job of smoothing out big bumps too.
The Armada isn't as big on the inside as the outside suggests. The front seats offer decent room, but the back seats feel cramped in legroom and toe room if anyone tall is up front. It's especially bad because the second row does not slide. The third row is OK but realistically best suited for kids.
This Nissan is a tall SUV, and the side steps, generous door openings and grab handles come in handy for stepping in. Once inside, you'll find a high driving position that may not be as customizable as you might like. The controls are familiar but in a decade-old kind of way that could stand an update. Visibility, on the other hand, is mostly excellent thanks to the Armada's large windows.
Towing is where the Armada shines brightest thanks to a standard rear air suspension, pre-installed wiring, and a strong V8 that supports an 8,500-pound tow rating. The Armada also excels when it comes to in-cabin storage for personal items thanks to a generous glovebox, a big center console and abundant cupholders. It's easy to fit child safety seats in the second row, but the third row isn't set up nearly as well.
The Armada's main cargo hold prevents it from earning a higher score. The space is generous, but the load floor is high and the rear bumper gets in your way when you try to reach in to grab anything. Also, the load floor isn't completely flat because the second-row center armrest sticks up like an island when you fold the seats down.
The Armada is in serious need of an infotainment system transplant. The screen has coarse graphics, the controls and menus are hard to comprehend, and it's hard to sort through your music library. Good luck finding a specific podcast episode, for example. Map data isn't easily upgraded either. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration is absent, which would fix many of these ills.
The news is much better when it comes to driver assistance features. Adaptive cruise and automatic emergency braking are standard on all models. And the Platinum also comes with standard lane keeping assistance, ProPilot Assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert with braking intervention, a 360-degree camera, and more.
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Features & Specs
Our experts like the Armada models:
- 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. It's standard on SL and Platinum.