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2019 Nissan Armada: What You Need to Know

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The 2019 Nissan Armada finishes near the bottom of our large SUV rankings. It delivers solid performance, but many rivals are more modern, and they surpass the Armada in some key areas.

The 2019 Nissan Armada is ranked:

Is the Nissan Armada a Good SUV?

Yes, the Nissan Armada is a good SUV. It's powerful and relatively agile, and it has a well-built, upscale cabin. However, its class ranking suffers because most rivals are more fuel-efficient, have more cargo space, and have more modern technology than this Nissan.

Should I Buy the Nissan Armada?

The Nissan Armada costs a bit less than most competitors, but that doesn't mean it's a better value. If you can stretch your budget, you should consider more well-rounded alternatives like the Chevrolet Tahoe or Toyota Sequoia.

Should I Buy a New or Used Nissan Armada?

The 2019 Armada belongs to a generation that began with the 2017 model year. The 2019 model gets new standard driver assistance features like forward collision warning, automatic forward emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a rear door alert. You can likely save thousands of dollars by going with a used 2017 or newer Armada instead of a new one, but you may miss out on some tech features.

To do more research on a used Armada, check out our reviews of the 2017 and 2018 Nissan Armada. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page for savings and incentives on used vehicles.

We Did the Research for You: 22 Reviews Analyzed

We don’t base our car reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we combine the findings of professional test drivers with data such as reliability ratings and safety scores to give you a complete overview of every vehicle we rank.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Armada generation, which runs from 2017 to 2019.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Much Does the Nissan Armada Cost?

The Armada sports a base price of $46,790. That's one of the lowest starting prices in the class, though the difference is only a few thousand dollars – or less – in most cases. The range-topping Platinum trim starts at nearly $60,000. Even at the top end of the trim spectrum, the Armada costs less than most competitors.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Nissan dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Nissan deals page.

Nissan Armada Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Nissan Armada or Chevrolet Tahoe?

The Chevrolet Tahoe finishes near the top of the class rankings. It boasts one of the best interiors in the class, seats up to nine (one more than the Armada), and offers more infotainment features than the Armada, including Apple CarPlay and wireless device charging. The Chevy gets better gas mileage than its Nissan rival and rides smoothly, and it offers a V8 that's more powerful than the Armada's. The Tahoe is clearly the superior SUV, and it's the better buy.

Which Is Better: Nissan Armada or Toyota Sequoia?

The Toyota Sequoia and the Armada are similar on the performance front, as both have a strong V8, decent handling, and poor fuel economy. The Nissan is more upscale inside, but the Toyota comes with a better infotainment system and far more cargo space. The Sequoia also features comfortable, spacious seats. Though these two share some similarities, the Toyota is better overall.

Armada Interior

How Many People Does the Armada Seat?

The Armada seats up to eight people. The first two rows of seats have plenty of room for adults, and even the third row can be adult-friendly under the right circumstances. While the seats are generally comfortable, opinions are split over whether they live up to the standards set by some rivals.

Armada and Car Seats

There are four full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. All anchors are easy to find, but it can be tough to hook the car-seat straps to the tether anchors.

Armada Interior Quality

This Nissan has a quiet, upscale interior. It's built with plenty of high-quality materials, and it even compares favorably with some luxury SUVs.

Armada Cargo Space

Most other large SUVs have more cargo space than the Armada. It gives you 16.5 cubic feet behind the third-row seats, which is enough room for about 13 shopping bags. Folding the second and third rows down will give you a max capacity of about 95 cubic feet.

Armada Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Armada include dual-zone automatic climate control and an infotainment system that includes an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, four USB ports, and voice recognition. Available features include a moonroof and a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system.

The Armada's infotainment system isn't that intuitive, and mastering the interface takes some practice. The system also feels antiquated when stacked up against rival systems, as it lacks cutting-edge features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Armada Performance

Armada Engine: Moving With Ease

In any driving situation, the Armada's 390-horsepower V8 engine delivers plenty of power. It handles high-stress situations like highway passing and merging without feeling underpowered.

Armada Gas Mileage: Great News if You Like Gas Stations

The Armada's gas mileage numbers are ugly, even for a large SUV. It gets 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. Compared to the Armada, you'll spend about $300 per year on gas in the Chevrolet Tahoe.

Armada Ride and Handling: Composed for Its Size

The Armada is more nimble than some of its class rivals, and it doesn't exhibit much body roll around turns. Though the ride is generally composed, some competitors have a smoother ride.

Armada Towing Capacity

A properly equipped Armada can tow up to 8,500 pounds. That's a decent total for a large SUV.

Armada Reliability

Is the Nissan Armada Reliable?

The 2019 Armada does not yet have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Nissan Armada Warranty

Nissan covers the Armada with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Armada Safety

Armada Crash Test Results

The 2019 Armada has not yet been fully crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but it earned five stars in their side crash test and three stars in the rollover test.

Armada Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic forward emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a rear door alert, which reminds drivers to check the back seat after parking.

Available features include a surround-view camera system, blind spot monitoring, backup collision intervention, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.

Which Nissan Armada Model Is Right for Me?

The Armada comes in three trims: SV, SL, and Platinum. All trims feature a 390-horsepower V8 engine, a seven-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive is available in any trim for $3,000.

The two trims to consider when buying an Armada are the SL and the Platinum. The Platinum comes standard with just about every feature you can get in an Armada, though it also costs a fair bit more than the lower trims, owing largely to the fact that some of its features aren’t offered in the SV or SL.

If you’d like most of what the Platinum offers but for a lower price, the SL is for you. It offers just about everything the Platinum does, except for a few premium comfort and entertainment features (like heated second-row seats and a rear-seat entertainment system). Yet, it costs several thousand dollars less.

Nissan Armada SV

The Armada SV has a base price of $46,790. Standard features in the Armada include cloth upholstery, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, four USB ports, and voice recognition.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic forward emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a rear door alert, which reminds drivers to check the back seat after parking.

Nissan Armada SL

The Armada SL has a starting price of $51,590. The SL comes standard with all of the SV’s features, as well as a power liftgate, remote start, and leather upholstery.

Nissan Armada Platinum

The Armada Platinum starts at $59,690. This trim comes standard with a moonroof, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, a surround-view camera, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, and a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system.

There's also a Platinum Reserve package that ups the starting price to $62,690. The Armada Platinum Reserve comes standard with seating for seven and adds unique styling touches.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Nissan dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Nissan deals page.

The Final Call

The 2019 Nissan Armada is a powerful, upscale SUV, but it isn't as fresh or modern as many of its class rivals. It also trails the competition in some aspects of practicality. It's a good vehicle, but there are better options in the class.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

Read the full 2019 Nissan Armada review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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