Nissan's largest SUV model, the Armada, was redesigned in 2017 and last year gained a new Platinum Reserve top-end trim and some slick new technology. This year brings just one addition to the Armada's list of standard equipment: a rear door alert system that reminds the driver to check the back seat for anything they may have forgotten, like valuables or a pet, before locking up the car and walking away.
Otherwise, the Armada is carried over from 2018. This full-size utility boasts big performance from a V8 that cranks out 390 hp and 394 lb-ft of torque, which goes through a seven-speed automatic transmission to standard four-wheel drive.
With the Armada, Nissan looks to complete directly with domestic vehicles like the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Ford Expedition and the smaller Dodge Durango, along with other imports like the Toyota Sequoia. Nissan's upscale Infiniti brand sells its own version of this vehicle called the QX80.
This is one of the more stylish vehicles in the full-size SUV class, where the tendency is toward boxy, utilitarian styling. While it may look slicker than most of its peers, the Armada is still built to work, with a maximum towing capacity of more than 3,800 kg.
Nissan's fuel consumption estimates for the Armada are 17.7/12.9 L/100 km (city/highway). Surprisingly, only the Sequoia is thirstier -- after all, Toyota is renowned for its thrifty hybrids -- while the Tahoe and Yukon's available (and more powerful) 6.2L V8/10-speed transmission combo is more efficient. The Expedition is notable for a turbo V6 that comes close to the power of these V8's but with better fuel efficiency in city driving.
Armada trim levels include SL, Platinum and Platinum Reserve.
While SL represents the entry-level, calling it a "base" model would be doing a disservice to a vehicle that comes with 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, power-folding third row seat, an 8.0-inch infotainment system with navigation, 13-speaker Bose premium audio system, sunroof, proximity key with push-button start and remote starter, electric tailgate, rain-sensing wipers and a power tilt and telescoping steering column. Safety gear includes a 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.
To that list, Platinum trim adds aesthetic and convenience items including 20-inch wheels, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, heated steering wheel and rear-seat entertainment system. Safety is augmented with blind spot intervention, lane departure warning and a camera-based rearview mirror system that was one of the features added in last year's update. Optional here is the Platinum Reserve package, which dresses up this truck with dark chrome wheels and exterior trim, chocolate/almond leather interior, genuine wood interior trim and Platinum Reserve badging inside and out.
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