2017 Nissan Armada

Buyer's Guide

Things are about to get a whole lot more interesting in the full-size SUV sector for 2017 with the introduction of the all-new Nissan Armada. Nissan's flagship SUV, the Armada launched way back in 2003 as a rival to the Chevy Tahoe, Ford Expedition, and Toyota Sequoia. It was based on Nissan's half-ton pickup truck.

The new second-generation Armada keeps its name, but everything else about it has changed. It now rides on Nissan's international large SUV platform which is shared with the Infiniti QX80 and is produced alongside these it in Kyushu, Japan rather than Canton, Mississippi. Overall, the new Armada is slightly longer and wider than the vehicle it replaces, but its lower overall height gives it a less bulky appearance. The chunky chrome V-motion grille, oversized LED headlamps, and available two-tone paint give this big SUV an imposing appearance.

The move to this new platform will certainly benefit Nissan customers looking for a more luxurious ambiance. The cabin's styling and materials are a big step up compared to the truck-like interior of the previous Armada; we'd go so far as to say the leather and wood-trimmed design is a carbon copy of the Infiniti QX80. Like the QX80, the Armada has acoustic glass throughout for a hushed ride.

Powering the Armada is Nissan's Endurance V8 engine which features standard direct injection. The big 5.6-litre makes 390 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque, and drives through a seven-speed automatic. This powertrain is a big step forward in terms of performance; the previous Armada's engine made just 317 hp and had a five-speed automatic.

The Armada's new platform retains rugged body-on-frame construction, which is enhanced by frame rails that are some 40 mm wider than before. Overall rigidity is up by 20 percent, too. Despite the more powerful engine and beefier underpinnings, the Armada's towing capacity dropped slightly to 8,500 lbs (3856 kg) from 9,000 (4082). It's still plenty capable, even if it no longer leads the class. All Armadas come standard with four-wheel drive and a two-speed transfer case with a low-range mode.

Canadian consumers will be able to order their Armadas in one of two luxury trims, SL and Platinum.

Standard equipment for the SL includes 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, power-folding third row seat, an 8.0-inch infotainment system with navigation, 13-speaker Bose premium audio system, proximity key with push-button start and remote starter, rain-sensing wipers, power tilt and telescoping steering column, 360-degree parking camera with moving object detection, reverse collision prevention, emergency autonomous braking, blind-spot warning, and full-speed radar cruise control with forward collision warning.

Moving up to the Platinum adds 20-inch wheels, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats with available second-row captain's chairs, heated steering wheel, blind-spot intervention, lane departure warning, power sliding moonroof, and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual 7.0-inch screens and wireless headphones.

2017 Nissan Armada Specifications

There are 2 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $64,748 MSRP
15.2
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
390 hp @5800 rpm
Number of seats 8
Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
Body style SUV
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
4WD 4dr SL $64,748 8 SUV
4WD 4dr SL 390 hp @5800 rpm 394 ft-lb @4000 rpm 7-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD 4dr SL 208.9" 79.9" 75.8" 121.1"
4WD 4dr SL
4WD 4dr SL Leather Seats
4WD 4dr SL
4WD 4dr SL
4WD 4dr Platinum Edition $70,498 8 SUV
4WD 4dr Platinum Edition 390 hp @5800 rpm 394 ft-lb @4000 rpm 7-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD 4dr Platinum Edition 208.9" 79.9" 75.8" 121.1"
4WD 4dr Platinum Edition
4WD 4dr Platinum Edition Leather Seats
4WD 4dr Platinum Edition
4WD 4dr Platinum Edition

News & Features

by Michael Bettencourt
July 21, 2017
Boat meets Armada. Read more
by Simon Hill
August 09, 2016
You sunk my battleship. Read more
by Chris Chase
February 11, 2016
Nissan's SUV flagship gets a big dose of style Read more

Expert Review Articles

by Simon Hill
August 18, 2016
After taking a hiatus for 2016, Nissan's full-size Armada SUV is back for 2017 in all-new form.
by Greg Wilson
March 01, 2017
Go big, or go home

Owner Reviews: 2017 Nissan / Armada

Average Rating

2011 Nissan Armada

by Gurban on 12-06-2016
Thinking of a Nissan? A cautionary tale.
Just out of warranty, the air conditioning stopped functioning. The problem was a leak due to corrosion in the rear A/C line, which was installed as one single piece over ten feet long. The only way to replace this part was to remove the car body from the frame at a cost of $4,000.00 at the dealership! Bad automobile design? Nissan customer service, over the phone, said it is out of warranty, end of case. When I asked to meet with the local Nissan representative, he/she refused to speak with me. Customer service? Buyer beware.
Overall
3.0
Comfort
3/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
1/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
2/5
Reliability
3/5
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2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

2004 Nissan Armada

Trim: LE
by Aniket on 07-24-2015
Best SUV
I had this for last 3 years and never let me down. Absolutely love it. Lot of room and definitely a lot of power specially with nisei cold air intake and cortex superchip. Will definitely recommend this beast to a big family.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

2011 Nissan Armada

by Nadine7409 on 11-12-2014
Excellent
A very reliable and dependable SUV with style and comfort! Excellent for towing trailers and carrying many passengers.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
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