You need space for eight. You also need enough cargo room for all the stuff that comes with having that many passengers. Most importantly, you want all this space without having to feel like you’re packing everyone (and everything) in. The 2017 Nissan Armada fits that bill.
If you’re familiar with Nissan’s luxury counterpart Infiniti, you’ll see the obvious similarities between the QX80 and the Armada. Where the two SUVs find the most common ground, though, is the interior.
The Armada’s plush leather seats, high-tech navigation, premium audio and eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system all scream luxury. The best part? The Armada gives owners that high-end feel for about $10,000 less than the QX80.
Starting at $62,248, the Armada finds itself nestled directly in the middle of the full-sized SUV pack. The huge takeaway for prospective buyers will be the high-end feel of the interior that competitors like the 2017 Sequoia lack.
Here’s a breakdown of the 2017 Nissan Armada.
MSRP: Starting at $64,248
Engine and Transmission: 5.6-litre, 32-valve Endurance V8 engine | 7-speed automatic Transmission
Fuel Economy: 17.5, 12.9 L/100km City, Highway
Total Interior Volume: 168.7 (Cu.ft, Liter)
Standard Features: Heated front seats, Bose® Premium Audio System with 13 speakers, Navigation System with 8.0″ touch-screen, Predictive Forward Collision Warning with Forward Emergency Braking, Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control, and Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection.
Trims: SL, Platinum
Highlights: Under the hood, you’ll find Nissan’s powerhouse 5.6-litre, 32-valve EV8 engine which delivers Best-in-Class 390 HP and an ever more impressive 394 lb-ft of torque. When paired with the 7-speed automatic transmission, the Armada can tow up to 8,500lbs. That’s more than enough towing power for a camper or fifth-wheel.
With big weight comes big responsibility and oftentimes 8-seaters run the risk of feeling (and driving) heavy. Nissan circumvents this by using the direct Injection Gasoline V8 and an innovative VVEL valve control feature. Both work to give drivers more control and tighter handling, as well as a better throttle response and fuel economy (12.9 L/100km on the highway).
Nissan only offers two trims – SL and Platinum, both in four-wheel drive – for Canadian residents. The major difference between the two is price ($5,500+), a few additional safety features and the Platinum’s standard 2nd-row rear headrest with 7″ DVD System.
The Armada also includes the most advanced available safety technologies to be included in a Nissan vehicle… To date. Thanks to new-age radar technology, the Armada does a great job of monitoring your following distance while in traffic, as well as giving drivers a second set of eyes when navigating tight parking spots.
Nissan All-mode 4WD System
Having a good AWD system is a necessity when driving an SUV this size. Especially in Canada. And if there’s one thing Nissan’s really perfected, it’s their capable AWD system. After all, intuitive 4X4 can make all the difference when it comes to getting you and your passengers to your destination safely.
(2017 Nissan Armada All-mode 4WD Control)
Nissan’s All-mode 4WD System continually adjusts the amount of power distributed to the Armada’s axles. It also automatically switches to 4WD when you’re driving on lower-friction surfaces giving you an ideal amount of traction.
This means your vehicle is adapting to current road conditions before you’ve even realized they’ve changed. It’s that kind of speedy response that can prevent collisions and help you navigate icy streets and snow-filled highways.
With the 2017 Armada, it’s all about the interior. The front seats come with an available Memory System that saves your exact comfort preferences. Anyone with a partner two feet taller (or shorter) than them will appreciate not having to adjust their seat every time they get in the vehicle. Nissan also offers additional captains chairs for the second row to give passengers more personal comfort.
The Armada is the perfect vehicle for people who need that extra space but aren’t willing to sacrifice comfort or style. Plus, with Nissan’s high-end AWD System and tech features, we think the Armada is one of the best full-sized SUVs you can buy right now. Nissan’s vision is clear; the Armada is a quality ride that’s meant to fit eight but not feel like it.
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