2017 Nissan Armada Review: Powerful But Sluggish

Jan 21, 2017 10:05 PM EST | JP Olvido

The last Nissan Armada spun off of the full-size pickup truck Titan. The 2017 model goes a different route take a cue from bigger body-on-frame SUVs with the 2017 Armada.

The 2017 Nissan Armada. The new Armada sports a bold chrome V-Motion grille, standard LED headlights and taillights as well as daytime running lights with higher trims getting fog lights. The front fenders have functional air intakes. Though organically it is of a muscular design, it also takes on some of the relaxed shapes of its cousin, the Infiniti QX80. It is offered in three trims namely the SV, SL, and Platinum.

The wheelbase is 2.1 shorter than the previous model but is 1.2 inches longer and 0.6 inches wider. Additionally, it is 2.2 inches lower.

The Armada offers three rows for an 8-passenger seating. The interior is spacious for the first and second rows. It has a rather generous cargo space. Different trim levels provide different features. The Platinum model, for example, has a sunroof, a heated steering wheel, heating and well-ventilated front seats, and a rear DVD entertainment system with two 7.0-inch screens.

Though the new Armada hasn't been crash-tested yet, other safety features included are the usual airbags, front and rear parking assist, rear-view and surround-view cameras, and active front head restraints. It also has forward collision warning, backup collision prevention, active lane control, and lane departure warning.

Under the hood is a 5.6-liter Endurance V8 engine with 390 horsepower and 394 pound-foot of torque. This engine has direct injection and Variable Valve Event and Lift (VVEL) from Nissan. The engine is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission with downshift rev matching. The 2017 Armada is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive.

The EPA fuel economy rating is at 14 miles per gallon in city driving and 19 miles per gallon on the highway. Combined EPA-rating is 16 miles per gallon.

The 2017 Nissan Armada is a powerful SUV with a more than capable towing ability. However, it rides sluggishly and steers slow. In addition, it is a gas guzzler with its V8 engine.

The base price for a new Armada could go as low as US$45,395. The Platinum trim retails at US$64,245.

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