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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Nissan Armada

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4.5Excellent

MPG 13 City / 19 Highway
Pros
  • Excellent towing ability
  • High payload capacity
  • Seven-passenger seating
Cons
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Questionable reliability history
  • Truck-like handling
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The Nissan Armada debuted in the 2004 model year to limited fanfare, as its size and fuel economy were both turn offs to buyers. As it has continued through the years, the Armada has carved itself a nice niche in the sub-luxury SUV category. Moving into the 2013 model year, the Armada has still not garnered much attention, but its premium features are staring to make it a more affordable alternative to full-luxury SUVs.

Introduction

The 2013 model year is essentially a carryover year for the Armada, as it only features minimal changes. These minor changes include: standard video monitors on the Platinum trim level, laterally adjustable sun visors, standard power passenger seat, USB and VTR jacks, standard Bluetooth connectivity, and five new exterior colors. The largest addition to the 2013 model year is the Platinum Reserve Package, which adds in: 20-inch dark-chrome rims, dark-chrome grille and side-view mirrors, premium Chocolate/Almond leather seats, and dark chrome interior accents in a satin finish.

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Standard on every 2013 Armada is a 5.6-liter V-8 engine that pumps out 317 horsepower and 385 foot-pounds of torque. This engine connects to a five-speed automatic transmission that tosses the power to the rear wheels. Four-wheel drive is an available option. The Armada can tow up to 8,200 pounds with two-wheel drive and 9,000 pounds with four-wheel drive, so it is ready to hauls just about anything a family can toss at it. Unfortunately, its 13 mpg city and 19 mpg highway with two-wheel drive, and 12 mpg city and 18 mpg highway with four-wheel drive can hurt the wallet a little. However, what full-size SUV gets good gas mileage?

In terms of competition, the sub-luxury, full-size SUV market is a pretty full one. The Armada’s key competitor is the 2013 Toyota Sequoia, which features a 5.7-liter V-8 engine with 381 horsepower, a 7,500-pound towing capacity, 13 mpg city and 18 mpg highway, and standard cloth seating for eight. Next up is the 2013 GMC Yukon with its 320-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 engine, 8,500-pound towing capacity, 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway, and standard premium cloth seating for eight. Finally comes the 2013 Ford Expedition, which comes standard with a 5.4-liter V-8 engine that produces 310 horsepower, a 9,200-pound towing capacity, 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway, and cloth seating for eight people.

Competition is plentiful, so the Armada must really deliver in the 2013 model year, is Nissan expects to continue offering this full-size SUV.

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