Accelerate Your Life in a Nissan Armada


The Nissan Armada is a full-size luxury SUV which offers a comfy interior, powerful engines and loads of safety and entertainment tech. It successfully stands against some of the most respected full-size SUVs in the world and once again proves why Nissan is a force to be reckoned with.

Design of the Nissan Armada

The Armada is a very large vehicle and it shows. We actually like that it does not try to be something it is not. All surfaces are large, the grille is massive and bathed in chrome, the sheet metal is wavy and lacks hard cuts and the rear is uncluttered.

The angled rearmost pillar adds a bit of style and also improves rear visibility. The largest wheels that you will find on the Armada are 20” and they look perfectly measured for something of this size. Dark cladding and chrome window surrounds break the standard theme and add a bit of flair.

However, in all iterations, the Armada confidently displays its size and exudes elegance and dignity.

Interior of the Nissan Armada

Being a full-size SUV, the Armada has three rows of seats for up to eight people. However, the Armada is also very similar to the Infiniti QX80. Infiniti is a luxury division of Nissan and the QX80 is their flagship SUV. Sharing features with the QX80 means that the Armada is much more than just a regular SUV.

Its fit and finish, elegant design and high-quality materials bring it well above the industry standard.

The styling on the Nissan Armada is great - with readable instruments, highly placed touchscreen and intuitive button layout. Elegant trim and soft-touch materials are found throughout the cabin and exposed stitching really adds to the premium feel.

The Armada features an 8” touchscreen with HD radio and hands-free messaging. It also includes satellite navigation and numerous other infotainment features.

The rear view mirror is also more than just a mirror. In fact, it can serve as a screen for the rear view camera.

The seats are comfortable and the first and second rows offer more space than most people need. The third row is often a tight squeeze when it comes to space, but even adults will find sufficient room back there.

Cabin storage is also ample. There are door and seat pockets, a large glove box and massive central console.

Behind all those seats there is 453 l of cargo space. If you fold the two back rows the space rises to massive 2690 l.

Engines and Drive of the Nissan Armada

The Armada offers just one engine – a 5.6 V8 with 390 hp and 394 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with a 7-speed automatic which has a Tow/Haul mode. It transfers the power to all four wheels through a 2-speed transfer case. Despite its huge body, the Armada with this engine reaches 60 in about 6.5 seconds.

What is most surprising is how easy the Armada is to drive. Acceleration is smooth and instant, brakes decrease speed as if they weren’t stopping a huge SUV and twisty roads are not its worst enemy, as they are for many full-size SUVs. There is some natural roll in harder corners, but it never becomes uncomfortable and the grip is amazing for such a heavy vehicle. ZThe SUV readily defies waving movements and unsettled floats while easily softening potholes.

Speaking of comfort, the Nissan Armada is actually more accommodating than the QX80 due to its more reasonable wheel size. Seats are also plush, even in the entry level model. Long trips will not be a problem in terms of comfort and noise levels are kept to a minimum, so the Armada is a comfortable, refined cruiser.

Trim Levels for the Nissan Armada

There are three trim levels – SV, SL and Platinum. In all of these the Armada can seat eight people, including the driver. However, for the Platinum, the second row can include two captain’s chairs, instead of a bench that can seat three.

The SV trim starts with a hefty number of amenities, even though it is an entry level trim. It has 18” alloys, reclining second row, automatic LED headlights, rear view camera, dual-zone climate, heated and power front seats, multi-function leather steering wheel, roof rails and side steps, front and rear parking sensors, Bluetooth connectivity, 8” touchscreen with navigation and Bose audio system, satellite radio, HD radio, several charging points and keyless entry and start.

The SV can be enhanced by several optional features as well as a Driver pack that introduces fog lights, power controls for the third row, trailering pack and a power lift gate. And this is the entry level…

Step up to the SL and you get all the features of the SV, plus the Driver pack, and 20” alloys, remote ignition, driver settings memory, leather upholstery, 360 camera with moving objects detection, rain sensors, power adjustments for the steering wheel and a 120V power outlet.

Yes, the SL also has optional features and a pack called Premium which adds automatic braking for both forward and reverse, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and a sunroof.

The Platinum sits at the very top. It includes everything mentioned above as standard, plus dedicated 20” alloys, heated and vented front seats and heated second and third-row seats and steering wheel, the rearview mirror with the ability to stream video from the rearview camera, entertainment system for the rear seats and steering whose sensitivity changes with speed. When going slowly or parking the massive SUV, it is light and effortless, but as you speed up it adds weight for more confidence and a better feel of the road. It also adds intelligent blind spot intervention and intelligent lane intervention.

Even though the Platinum is very plush, there are two more optional packs. The first one is called Captain’s Chairs and it adds two bucket seats for the second row. The second pack is called Reserve and it includes dedicated exterior details and a two-tone leather upholstery unique for this version.

The Nissan Armada is an amazing vehicle, you can see for yourself at our Calgary car dealership located at 2451 Country Hills Blvd NE. Give us a call at (403) 287-5999 or book a test drive online now. We look forward to welcoming you to Country Hills Nissan.

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