By KBB.com Editors
When the Nissan Armada first debuted in 2004, full-size SUVs were all the rage and it commanded a premium price. Fast-forward to the 2010 model year, and the recent flirtation with five-dollar-per-gallon gasoline and an economic meltdown has changed the landscape. Still, for those undaunted by $75-plus refills, the Armada has much to offer. It features a powerful V8 engine capable of running on regular gas or E85, a tow rating of up to 9,100 pounds and enough interior room to fit eight passengers and their luggage. The Armada's unconventional styling may not be to everyone's liking, but its long list of creature comforts and standard safety features are certainly attractive, as are Nissan's enticing customer incentives.
If your kids are all about high-tech gadgetry and love on-board toys, the Armada has you covered. An exceptionally powerful V8 is standard – great news for those who need to tow. Standard safety features include side-curtain airbags for all three rows.
Did we mention this thing is big? The Armada can be a handful to park in tight spaces, though not any more difficult than its competitors. The fuel economy may also be a discouraging factor, and there is no diesel or hybrid engine option.
Nissan has revised the Armada lineup for 2010 to consist of three models: SE, Titanium Edition and Platinum Edition. All models receive new body-colored side cladding with chrome strip, while the SE 4X2 trims gain standard front seat side-impact airbags.
Rear Seat Design
The Armada's versatile rear-seat design includes fold-flat seats that create a level loading floor.
Standard Head-Curtain Airbags
The Armada's standard head-curtain airbags cover all three rows of seating.
Nissan offers the spacious Armada with an excellent set of optional second-row captain's chairs that are separated by a removable center console. With the console out, passengers are granted easy access to the third-row seat without having to disturb those already seated in the second row. The rear-most bench seat rests on an elevated platform that allows its occupants to see over the heads of those up front. With the seats folded, there is room for quite lengthy items of cargo, even with the rear hatch closed. Safety features include side-curtain air bags covering all three rows.Exterior
The Armada is one of the most ornate SUVs we've seen. It has a raised roof, arched door frames and huge side fender flares. The rear-door handles are placed high up, making them difficult for small children to reach. Short front and rear overhangs make the Armada a bit easier to maneuver than some of its competition. The broad expanse of glass allows for good 360-degree visibility, and the big side mirrors do a good job of revealing smaller objects near the Armada's sides. On Platinum models, these same mirrors include power folding and auto-dimming features. The Titanium and Platinum also comes with 20-inch wheels that look great but can be pricey if needing replacement.
The 2010 Nissan Armada has a 317-horsepower V8 engine, five-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), front and rear air conditioning, floor- and ceiling-mounted consoles, Vehicle Dynamic Control, rear privacy glass, dual power heated outside mirrors, power windows, power locks, remote keyless entry, power-adjustable pedals, AM/FM stereo with six-disc in-dash CD changer with MP3 capability, front and rear head-curtain airbags (covering all three rows), front side-impact airbags, running boards, eight-way power driver's seat, cruise control, tire-pressure monitor and a rear wiper and washer. The Titanium adds Intelligent Key keyless entry and start, leather seating, RearView Monitor, Bluetooth, Bose audio, power-folding third-row seat and auto-leveling rear air suspension. The Platinum Edition includes all these features plus heated front seats and steering wheel, a power liftgate, power moonroof, a hard drive-based navigation system and rear-seat DVD entertainment.
Options for the 2010 Nissan Armada vary by trim. The SE can be equipped with the Driver Package that adds a 12-speaker Bose audio system, Bluetooth, RearView Monitor, fog lights and a power-folding third-row seat. Also available on the SE is the Tow Package and a number of dealer-installed options. The Titanium Edition can be equipped with a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and a power moonroof, while the Platinum Edition offers second-row captain's chair seating. All models offer the option of four-wheel drive.
Nissan equipped the Armada with its most powerful V8 engine and the results are impressive. Tow rated at 9,100-pounds (with the available Tow Package), the Armada credits itself well in maximum towing capacity among lighter-duty, full-size SUVs.
317 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
385 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/18 (gasoline, 2WD), 12/18 (gasoline, 4WD), 9/13 (E85, 2WD), 9/13 (E85, 4WD)
By CalTexGirl on Friday, December 12, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 164,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun, wide track, safe, roomy,"
Cons: "No heated seats in mine."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have had my Armada for 7 years now and I love it more then the day I bought it! It's 10 years old with over 160,000 miles on it and still runs great. For me the best quality is its handling. We once spun out on the Hwy during a heavy rain and went down an embankment into a ditch. Not once did it feel like we were going to tip. All 4 wheels stayed on the ground. Once we stopped, we drove out of the muddy ditch in 2wd without issue. I highly recommend this SUV to everyone, especially if you have kids!!"
2 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Eric on Wednesday, October 15, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "roomy as heck"
Cons: "no rear camera, but has parking sensors"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Bought this Armada used with 74K miles fully loaded and I have never been happier with an SUV. We call it the "Sexy Beast" Gas has been about 15 mpg on the street and about the 19 mpg on the hwy. Take it easy on the throttle, low RPM's and it'll save you a lot. My old '03 Silverado 2500 HD was real bad, cuz it stayed in higher RPM's. I am glad it offers a 5 speed not a 4.. huge difference.. Look forward to using it everywhere, dirt, snow and wherever the road takes me.. :)"
17 people out of 27 found this review helpful
By LK on Thursday, July 31, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"The room and comfort is fantastic. We haul a 30 ft travel trailer with no problem, great convenience. The lines and perks on the Platinum series are great as well. Only cons are gas mileage, which is to be expected, and it does "slide" and rides hard on rough roads, or interstates at times. Less frequently than more frequently."
16 people out of 31 found this review helpful
By Starven on Monday, July 28, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 111,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Very comfortable, very good design"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"This is a pretty okay SUV. The thing about this SUV that really gets me upset is the MPG. It is horrible and I have the flex fuel model. That is the only thing that saves me with this vehicle. If I had to put regular gas in this SUV I would not have it right now. That is the only problem I have with it. Other than that the road trips are great in it, because of comfort for myself and my passengers."
6 people out of 15 found this review helpful
By CHRIS on Thursday, July 24, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,700overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"very nice SUV for sale. One year left on service plan. Leather, power, clean. Sound vehicle, inside and out."
3 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By Tony on Monday, July 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "Powerful, loud, and fun to floor it."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"Feels like a tank. A lot of space in cabin but tiny trunk. Uncomfortable though, feels like your sitting in a rock"
19 people out of 32 found this review helpful