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2014 Nissan Armada

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/11/2014 Austin Lott

New for 2014

The Nissan Armada enters 2014 largely unchanged.

Vehicle Overview

The Armada, Nissan's full-size SUV, fits above the Pathfinder as the automaker's largest passenger-hauling vehicle. It seats eight and pulls up to 9,000 pounds, making it the most versatile vehicle in the Nissan lineup as far as pulling people and things are concerned.

Summary

The 2014 Nissan Armada is propelled down the road by a 317-hp 5.6-liter V-8 making 385 lb-ft of torque. Buyers get a five-speed automatic hooked to the rear wheels but have the option of all-wheel drive. EPA-estimates peg the Armada at 13/19 mpg city/highway, but during a comparison our editors observed 11.9 mpg.

The Nissan Armada has not been crash tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS.

What We Think

In a 2008 full-size SUV comparison, we lined the Nissan Armada up against the Toyota Sequoia, Ford Expedition, and Chevrolet Tahoe, and the Armada came in second to the Toyota. We said: "The Armada offers the best balance of the pack, with great grip and no drama when cornering ... It exhibited the most confidence-inspiring handling, moves heightened by the organic steering and ergonomically sound interior." We continued: "The Nissan [Armada]'s smart styling flows into the interior, too, a space that surprised everyone with its functionality and room. The fold-flat second row not only tumbles forward with the pull of a lever for easy ingress and egress but also outclasses the others in headroom and legroom, while the third row, which is split 60/40 and can be folded flat, delivers decent mid-pack measurements." Despite its strengths, the Toyota proved faster and more efficient. We summed up the Nissan: "Poor fuel economy, a snugger third row, and slower acceleration prevent the Armada from docking on top."

You'll Like

  • Superb handling, for a SUV
  • Functional interior
  • Capable off-road

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Cramped third row seating
  • Quick, but not quicker than the Toyota

Key Competitors

  • Toyota Sequoia
  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Ford Expedition

Rating

2 star

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