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2020 Nissan Armada

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2.8 (Fair)

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2020 SV 4dr 4x2
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Price:   -  From $47,500
2020 SV 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $50,500
2020 SL 4dr 4x2 Price:   -  From $52,300
2020 SL 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $55,300
2020 Platinum 4dr 4x2 Price:   -  From $60,930
2020 Platinum 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $63,930


What's New

The 2020 Nissan Armada returns as the automaker's largest SUV, boasting an old-school body-on-frame layout, a standard V8 engine with a lofty towing capacity, a roomy and comfortable interior for eight, and available four-wheel drive.

The Armada is relatively unchanged from the previous year. Heated side mirrors are now standard, while a new package that brings 22-inch wheels and all-season tires is available.

Choosing Your Nissan Armada

The Nissan Armada is available in four trim levels: SV, SL, Platinum, and Platinum Reserve. Pricing starts at $48,495 including destination for the SV and rises to $66,425 for the Platinum Reserve.

Engine Choices

The Armada is only available with a 5.6-liter V8 engine that produces 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque alongside a seven-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is available on all models for $3,000.

The Nissan Armada’s V8 is a workhorse of an engine, making it one of the premier family tow vehicles on the market. The Armada’s towing capacity of 8,500 pounds makes it perfect for trailering boats, campers, and more. When not towing, the Armada’s engine provides enough power to haul its massive body up mountains with ease.

Of course, there is a trade-off for a big engine in a hefty vehicle: fuel economy. The setup only achieves an EPA-estimated 14 miles per gallon city, 19 mpg highway, and 16 combined, or 13/18/15 mpg (city/highway/combined) with 4WD. Thankfully, the Armada’s 26-gallon gas tank nets 390 miles of range.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Nissan Armada is made for a party, as it can fit seven or eight people in its cavernous interior with three rows of seats. The standard configuration consists of two front bucket seats along with second- and third-row bench seats, but higher trim levels can be equipped with second-row captain’s chairs for $450. The captain's chairs are standard on the Platinum Reserve trim.

In terms of cargo room, the Armada offers 16.5 cubic feet of space behind the third row, almost 50 cubic feet of room with the third row folded, and over 95 cubic feet of room with all rows folded. Much of this room is provided by the tall ceiling of the Armada, making it possible to load awkwardly-sized items.

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Safety Features

The Armada comes standard with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, front and rear parking sensors, and a rear-seat reminder system.

The SL adds a surround-view camera system, while the Platinum is equipped with lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear automatic braking.

The Armada received a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, but the SUV is very concerning in some areas. In front crash tests and rollover safety tests, the Armada only scored three stars, which is seriously lacking compared to most rivals. These two areas are especially concerning as they represent common threats, particularly with a tall SUV like this one.


The Nissan Armada is very well equipped with an 8.0-inch touchscreen with navigation, satellite radio, HD radio, and four USB ports. The Platinum and Platinum Reserve add another USB port and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual 8-inch screens, two wireless headphones, and a DVD player.

Overall, it’s highly competitive with the offerings of full-luxury brands that can cost much more. That said, smartphone connectivity is lacking. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren’t available, which means users are forced to use the clunky infotainment interface and navigation system.

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SV - From $48,495

The base SV model comes well equipped with cloth seating, heated front seats, a 10-way power driver seat, an eight-way power passenger seat, LED headlights, and dual-zone automatic climate control. It rides on 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and gets push button start.

The $1,100 Driver Package adds a power third-row bench seat, a tow hitch, a power liftgate, and a few other features.

SL - From $53,295

The SL model steps it up a bit over the base model. The Armada SL is equipped with 20-inch wheels, fog lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, leather seats, a power liftgate, a surround-view monitor, and remote start. The driver's seat, steering wheel, and outside mirrors also have memory functionality.

A moonroof is bundled with blind-spot monitoring and rear automatic braking in the $1,480 Premium Package.

Platinum - From $61,925

The Platinum model starts to compete favorably with luxury vehicles, both in price and features. This trim receives the moonroof, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a camera-based rearview mirror, and the rear entertainment system.

The 22-Inch Wheel Package ($2,250) adds 22-inch, 14-spoke aluminum alloy wheels, and all-season tires.

Platinum Reserve - From $66,425

The Platinum Reserve trim is the most lavishly equipped. It comes standard with 22-inch wheels, captain’s chairs, unique dark exterior trim, open-pore wood trim, and two-tone leather seats.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2020 Nissan Armada is a solid family hauler that's a particularly good value in the Platinum trim. The features offered at this level compare favorably with many luxury model full-size SUVs on the market, but at a more accessible price point.

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Expert Review

  • Strong V8
  • Luxurious interior
  • Low starting price
  • Woeful fuel economy
  • Dated infotainment
  • Mediocre safety record
Expert Rating
2.8 (Fair)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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In some ways, it’s not wrong. The Armada’s 5.6-liter V8 is there when you need it, and it helps the big SUV tow a whopping 8,500 pounds. Short of buying a pickup, that’s as strong a vehicle as you’re likely to find.

The seven-speed automatic transmission is equally simple and reliable. All-wheel drive is optional, and the Armada even has decent off-road chops.

But of course, old-school approaches come with old-school penalties. With all-wheel drive, the Armada manages just 15 miles per gallon combined, according to the EPA, which is atrocious by today’s standards.

Big on comfort. The Armada shares its bones with the more luxurious INFINITI QX80, but we’re not sure the difference is as big as Nissan intended. The Armada feels like a quality product inside, even in base trim.

It starts with cloth upholstery, but it still feels upscale. Soft-touch materials are the norm, along with low-sheen surfaces, convincing fake wood, and an attractive dash. It’s a nice place to spend time.

Capping it off is a suspension calibrated for smooth sailing. Unless you opt for the 22-inch rims, that is – those spoil the ride, but such is the price of vanity.

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Just plain big. The Armada’s greatest strength (and possibly greatest weakness) is its size. For a true full-size SUV, it offers excellent space at a decent value.

Seats are large and comfortable, and passengers are spoiled by acres of room in the first two rows. Even the third row is larger than that of many three-row SUVs, although adults may still get uncomfortable.

Cargo capacity is excellent by most standards, with 50 cubic feet behind the first two rows. The Armada loses out to rivals like the Chevy Suburban, but we doubt most owners could tell the difference.

The price of all that space comes in the drive. The heavy body leans its way through curves, slowed further by the plush suspension. Worryingly, the NHTSA rated the Armada at three stars in its rollover test.

Best in base. To get the best value from the Armada, it’s best to stick close to home. The Nissan starts at thousands less than rivals from Ford and Chevy, and it comes well equipped.

That includes Bose speakers, navigation, and a full suite of active safety features. Automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control are both standard, which is more than we can say for some rivals.

The major letdown is the infotainment system, which is one place where the Armada truly shows its age. The 8-inch touchscreen in the dash looks modern enough, but it runs old software with no smartphone compatibility. That’s too bad because the small screen in the gauge cluster does the driver no favors.

The next step up adds real leather upholstery and some creature comforts, but that’s as far as we’d recommend going in the lineup. Platinum and Platinum Reserve trims add luxury features that boost the price by tens of thousands of dollars, at which point the luxury competition starts to look much more desirable.

Final thoughts. The 2020 Nissan Armada may be on its way to relic status, but it does an admirable job playing to its strengths. A strong V8 never goes out of style, and the interior is spacious and well appointed. A friendly starting price doesn’t hurt.

All the same, we can’t see the Armada luring too many buyers away from the establishment. A full-size SUV is a major commitment, and most want one with modern infotainment and fuel economy better than a Hummer’s. The Armada is best for those who need the towing power, and best near the beginning of its lineup.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
5.6L V-8 / 390 HP / 394 ft.lbs.
7-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
14 / 19 / 16 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
5.6L V-8 / 390 HP / 394 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
14 / 19 / 16 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Double Wishbone
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Aluminum
Fuel Tank
26.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
95.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
154 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
208.9 "
Exterior Width
79.9 "
Exterior Height
75.8 "
Front Headroom
40.9 "
Rear Headroom
40.0 "
Front Legroom
41.9 "
Rear Legroom
41.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
63.8 "
Rear Shoulder Room
63.4 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
5,577 Lbs.
Wheel Base
121 "
Turning Radius
20.6 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Body-colored With 1 Front Tow Hook(s)
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(6-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
13 Bose
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Intelligent Forward Collision Warning With Aeb Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
12 Months / 12,000 Miles

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