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Expert Rating
2.7 (Fair)

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

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2023 S 4dr 4x2
most popular
Price:   -  From $50,700
2023 S 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $53,700
2023 SV 4dr 4x2 Price:   -  From $55,300
2023 SV 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $58,300
2023 SL 4dr 4x2 Price:   -  From $59,120
2023 SL 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $62,120
2023 Platinum 4dr 4x2 Price:   -  From $67,370
2023 Platinum 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $70,370

Overview

What's New

The 2023 Nissan Armada is largely a carryover model while most trims gain Amazon Alexa Built-in, remote engine start, LED fog lights, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The SL trim newly receives a heated steering wheel.

Choosing Your Nissan Armada

The Armada is available in S, SV, SL, and Platinum trims and base prices range from $52,095 to $68,415.

Engine Choices

The Armada is available with one powertrain configuration; a 5.6-liter V8 with 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque and a seven-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard while an automatic four-wheel drive system (with low range) is available for $3,000.

The Armada does not fare well in the EPA’s fuel economy cycle with ratings of 14 miles per gallon city, 19 MPG highway, and 16 combined. Four-wheel drive models see those ratings reduced by one MPG point across the board. The government expects that you will pay over $1,200 in additional fuel costs annually over the larger Ford Expedition.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Armada is 209 inches long which puts it within a couple of inches of the Expedition, Tahoe, and Sequoia and the same goes for its 80-inch width. Despite its large exterior and its claim of seating for eight, the Armada’s third row is tiny, with just 28.4 inches of third-row legroom. The top two trims trade the second-row bench for two captains chairs and a large center console. Storage space is also tight with 16.5 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 50 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 95.4 cubic feet with both rows folded. While those ratings are better than the new Toyota Sequoia, they are notably less than the Expedition and Tahoe - each of which offers an extended wheelbase version for even more space.

Towing capacity is good at 8,500 pounds and an integrated trailer brake controller is included on the SV trim.

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Safety Features

The Armada is well equipped with driver aids such as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot detection, lane keep assist, parking sensors front and rear, reverse automatic braking, and rear cross-traffic alert. The SL gains a surround-view monitor and the Premium trim features a digital rearview mirror, advanced reverse automatic braking, and traffic sign recognition.

Connectivity

All Armada trims feature a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM, remote connected services, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and navigation with door-to-door hand-off. The SV gains Amazon Alexa Built-in (new for 2023) and two additional speakers for a grand total of six. The SL trim receives a Bose sound system with 13 speakers and noise canceling. The Platinum trim gains dual rear eight-inch monitors mounted in the back of the front seat headrests and an HDMI input.

All trims feature four USB ports (two in front and two in rear) while the SV includes a wireless charger, and the SL incorporates a 120-volt AC power outlet.

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2023 Nissan Armada S – MSRP From $52,095

The base trim features 18-inch wheels, an independent rear suspension with automatic leveling, gun-metal painted fender flares, LED automatic headlights and daytime running lights, fog lights, chrome finishes for the grille surround, window trim, and door handles, proximity entry, heated power folding mirrors with integrated turn signals, side steps, and acoustic front windows. The interior includes cloth seats with 10-way power adjustability for the driver, and eight-way for the passenger, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a seven-inch driver information display, dual-zone climate control, and a power tilt and telescope steering wheel.

2023 Nissan Armada SV – MSRP From $56,645

The SV trim gains body-color fender flares, tinted windows, remote engine start, LED fog lights, puddle lights, dark-painted roof rails, heated synthetic leather seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

2023 Nissan Armada SL – MSRP From $60,065

The SL is equipped with 20-inch painted wheels, a power tailgate, a sunroof, auto-dimming mirrors, leather seats with memory positioning for the driver, and a heated steering wheel.

The SL uniquely offers the Midnight Edition Package for $1,990 which carries a dark-color theme inside and out with black mirrors, roof rails, grille, front and rear lower bumper fascias, badging, leather seats, interior trim, and headliner. It also requires the second-row captain’s chairs package.

2023 Nissan Armada Platinum – MSRP From $68,415

The top trim is distinguished by its 22-inch machine-finished wheels, chrome mirror caps, wiper de-icer, rain-sensing wipers, speed-sensitive power steering, quilted leather seats with ventilation for the front row and heating for the second row, maple wood trim, and power-folding third row.

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CarsDirect Tip

The Armada is feeling aged against its rivals that are more efficient with their packaging and powertrains. Still, the big Armada’s looks are unique and it is a capable towing rig. We like the SL trim for the additional safety equipment, better sound system, and additional key creature comforts.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Comfortable to be driven in
  • Decent infotainment setup
  • Spacious interior seats eight
  • Strong engine and gearbox
Cons
  • Unattractive inside and out
  • You’re buying very old tech
  • Appalling fuel consumption
  • Not much fun in the corners
Expert Rating
2.7 (Fair)

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

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: 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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Not much of a looker. There’s no getting away from the fact that Nissan’s Armada SUV is an old design. Nor can we gloss over the fact it hasn’t dated well. Viewed side-on, we’d go so far as to call it ugly. The boxy proportions, diagonal rear window design, and ruler-straight lines have hints of Mercedes G-Wagen to them, but without the latter’s retro charm. Things are marginally better at the front, where modern headlamps and effective use of chrome soften the Armada’s angularity somewhat. Park around the corner when you’re picking up your date for the night, though.

Step inside, and the late-Noughties vibe continues with a brick wall of a dashboard featuring too many buttons and swathes of unmistakably fake wooden veneer. If you want real wood, work harder and save up for an INFINITI QX80, which is mechanically similar but more contemporary inside.

At least it’s comfortable. Comfort is arguably the Armada’s trump card. Those huge front seats might lack a little bolstering, but they’re armchair-soft to sink into, with power adjustment even on cloth-trimmed base models. Synthetic leather debuts on SV models, while higher trims sport the real thing and Platinum buyers benefit from quilting. Second-row riders receive an excellent 41 inches of legroom in any trim, and we’d favor the twin captain’s seats with their center console even though it reduces seating capacity down to seven compared to the three-abreast middle row. A similar bench is located in the rear, with enough space for teenagers and short journeys.

Space is guaranteed, and so is ride comfort. The Armada’s fully independent suspension glides over lumps and bumps, probably helped by the fact even entry-level S models tip the scales at 5,700 lbs. Stick with the smaller 18-inch wheels if you can – bigger ones fill the arches better but don’t improve the car’s appearance, and they have a detrimental impact on cushioning.

Handles like a truck. The Armada’s slab-sided design is reminiscent of a truck, and its road manners reinforce that sentiment. The ride may be squishy, but its payoff is an almost comical amount of body lean in sharp bends. It’s a shame that the well-weighted steering has such little effect on the ponderous handling, especially since the 5.6-liter V8 engine packs a serious punch. Its 400hp is sent to the rear wheels as standard, while buyers in colder states would be advised to spend $3,000 adding AWD complete with low-range functionality.

Performance is reasonable, though not spectacular given the sheer amount of weight the engine has to haul. Towing capacity is excellent, with a capacity of 8,500 lbs. However, fuel economy is dire. You’ll struggle to get more than 15 mpg combined from AWD models, and even sacrificing this only raises average consumption to 16. The Armada drinks premium fuel, so don’t buy one unless you have a generous credit card limit.

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Standard equipment is comprehensive. With the most affordable Armada retailing at just over $52,000, it’s not cheap. However, it is impressively well-equipped for a base model. Entry-level S trim includes a well-positioned 12.3-inch infotainment screen with navigation and smartphone mirroring, though only Apple devices do so wirelessly. If you can summon up another $5,400, SV models add heated synthetic leather seats, wireless phone charging, and six speakers compared to S’s rather paltry four. Don’t buy the latter if you’re an audiophile, because four speakers can’t fill an eight-seater cabin effectively. The Bose audio system in Platinum models is far superior, but you’ll be paying $71,415 for it, alongside quilted and ventilated leather seats, surround-view cameras, and a power liftgate.

The Armada is also packed with a standard safety kit, including parking sensors, automatic emergency braking, auto high beams, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring. However, that’s only half the story. Despite having been on sale for many years, neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has crash-tested it, so a definitive verdict on its safety can’t be passed.

Final thoughts. It’s unfair to expect advanced engineering from an old three-row SUV, yet the Armada is almost crude in places. Its fuel consumption is atrocious, safety is an unknown, and the three-year 36,000-mile warranty is disappointing when cheaper rivals like Kia’s superior Telluride offer five years and 60,000 miles of coverage. The big Nissan’s slabby design is a disappointment both internally and (especially) externally, and its ponderous handling is a relic from a bygone age, as is the paltry four-speaker stereo fitted to S models.

In a few areas, the Armada can still run with the herd. Its infotainment system is good if you upgrade to a trim with more speakers, the standard safety kit is impressive even in the absence of crash test results, and the ride quality is as strong as the towing capacity. That V8 engine has plenty of grunt, meaning it won’t bog down when fully loaded, and the seats can accommodate seven or eight adults in reasonable comfort. Lower the seats and you can increase the 17 cubic feet of cargo space almost six times over, making this a competent load-lugger. It’s a beast of burden, but there’s no beauty involved.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
5.6L V-8 / 400 HP / 413 ft.lbs.
Transmission
7-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
14 / 19 / 16 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
8
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
5.6L V-8 / 400 HP / 413 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
14 / 19 / 16 Mpg
Brakes
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
$100
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
5,651 Lbs.
Wheel Base
121 "
Turning Radius
20.6 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored With 1 Front Tow Hook(s)
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
8
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(6-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
4
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
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
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
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Intelligent Forward Collision Warning W/automatic Emergency Braking (aeb) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Intelligent Lane Intervention (i-li) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Automatic Emergency Braking With Pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention Alert (daa) Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist (hba) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
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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