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2013 Nissan Armada

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2013 Nissan Armada Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.7

Nissan's 2013 Armada SUV is built for those with big families and big towing needs. The Armada SUV plays in a very small field of competitors that include the Chevy Suburban, Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia. In the Armada, you get a very well-engineered SUV with a powerful V8, a 9,000-pound tow rating and room for up to eight people. The Armada's foldaway 3rd-row seat makes it easier to open up the massive cargo hold and is power activated on SL and Platinum trims. For those who must deal with inclement weather, 4-wheel drive (4WD) is also available. Of course, this much SUV doesn't come cheap and that includes the cost to fill the tank. But, if you can swing the 2013 Nissan Armada's $45,000-plus price tag, another $100 bucks a week probably isn't going to come as much concern.

You'll Like This Car If...

If your next vehicle must have all the cutting-edge media electronics found in most high-end luxury cars, but you simply can't do without 8-passenger seating and a 9,000-pound tow rating, the 2013 Nissan Armada should fit you like a glove.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're not able to deal with the size and poor fuel economy afforded by the 2013 Nissan Armada, there are many mid-size SUVs with slightly smaller interiors and much better fuel economy. GMC's Acadia is one, as is the Ford Explorer.

What's New for 2013

For 2013, the Nissan Armada now offers Bluetooth, a USB port, sliding sun visors with courtesy light and a 4-way power passenger seat on the entry level SV trim. A new Platinum Reserve package adds 20-inch dark chrome rims, dark chrome trim and 2-tone leather seating. The SV and SL models can now be equipped with dual 7-inch rear seat monitors, which are standard on the Platinum model.

Driving the Armada
Driving Impressions

The 2013 Nissan Armada SUV's hefty bulk and truck-like build might have you thinking that handling and ride comfort are not going to be its strongest attributes, and you would...

... be half right. Nissan's adept double-wishbone suspension and speed-sensitive power steering make the Armada as easy to operate as a mid-size Nissan Pathfinder. Tight confines are still a bit tricky given the Nissan Armada's length, but its short front and rear overhangs make maneuvering in tight corners a bit less worrisome. On smooth pavement, the Armada sails along with little drama, but upon encountering rough seas like uneven pavement or large expansion joints, the Armada's Titan-based roots quickly make themselves – and the offending road surfaces – known. The 2013 Nissan Armada SUV's 317-horsepower V8 engine delivers great power and never feels tepid or short of breath, and its 5-speed automatic delivers decisive, nearly imperceptible shifts.

REAR-SEAT DESIGN
The 2013 Nissan Armada SUV's versatile rear-seat design includes fold-flat seats that create a level loading floor.

STANDARD HEAD-PROTECTION-CURTAIN AIRBAGS
In the event of a rollover, the Nissan Armada's standard head-protection-curtain airbags cover all three rows of outboard passengers from flying glass and debris.

2013 Nissan Armada Details
Interior

Nissan's 2013 Armada's interior is designed to adapt to multiple needs, able to shuttle up to eight passengers, or just two people and 97 cubic feet worth of their stuff. The Armada's second row can be outfitted with either a 3-person bench seat or a pair of Captain's-chair-style seats divided by a removable center console creating a clear and easy pathway for the 3rd-row passengers to enter and exit. Passengers in the Armada SUV's 3rd-row seat have a slightly elevated perch designed to give them an equally good view ahead as well as make the area feel less claustrophobic.

Exterior

Nissan took a bit of a risk with the 2013 Armada SUV. Expressive body arches and door frames stand out from the 90-degree-angle designs expressed on the Armada's competitors, as do its raised roof and enormous side fender flares. Nissan's 3-opening chrome grille so familiar on their truck line is present on the Armada SUV as well, adding a bit of ruggedness on an otherwise luxurious SUV. Some of the styling cues actually hinder functionality, such as the high-mounted rear door handles that can be difficult for little kids to reach.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Highlighting the standard equipment on the 2013 Nissan Armada SV is front and rear air conditioning, floor- and ceiling-mounted consoles, Vehicle Dynamic Control, rear privacy glass, dual power heated outside mirrors, power-adjustable pedals, front and rear head-curtain airbags (covering all three rows), Bluetooth, 8-way power driver's seat, 4-way power passenger seat, and cruise control. The SL adds Intelligent Key keyless entry and start, leather seating, RearView Monitor, Bose audio, power-folding 3rd-row seat, power liftgate, heated front seats and auto-leveling rear air suspension. The Platinum Edition includes all of these features plus heated 2nd-row seats and steering wheel, a power moonroof, a hard-drive-based navigation system and rear-seat DVD entertainment.

Optional Equipment

Options for the 2013 Nissan Armada SUV vary by trim. The Armada SV can be equipped with the Driver Package that adds a 12-speaker Bose audio system, Bluetooth, power liftgate, RearView Monitor, fog lights and a power-folding 3rd-row seat. Also available on the SV is the Tow Package and a number of dealer-installed options. The Nissan Armada SL and SV can be equipped with a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and to the SL, a power moonroof, while the Platinum Edition offers 2nd-row captain's-chair seating. All models offer the option of 4-wheel drive.

Under the Hood

Nissan equips the 2013 Armada SUV 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.

5.6-liter V8
317 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm
385 lb-ft of torque @ 3,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/19 mpg (gasoline, 2WD), 12/18 mpg (gasoline, 4WD), 9/13 mpg (E85, 2WD), 9/13 mpg (E85, 4WD)

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2013 Nissan Armada Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 407 Ratings for the 2005 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Most Bling for the buck!

By on Saturday, July 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great leather seats, a lot of bling for your buck!"

Cons: "Limited trunk space and rear seating is short"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"We bought our 2015 Armada brand new and so far have been very pleased with it. The leather is fabulous and seats are very comfortable. Overall it is very spacious, my only complaint is that there is a lack of head and foot room in the third row. So if you have tall kids this could be a problem. As for the amenities there are many in this vehicle. With the Platinum package there ae a ton of features from heated seats to video players and rear air. The only goofy thing is that when you hit auto controls it always defaults to air conditioning. As for cargo space you are limited, there isn't much truck space perse but you can easily fold the seats down. I just miss all the space I had in the trunk of my Astro van."

Great Vehicle

By on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "seating, ride, storage, quiet"

Cons: "gas mileage, style (for some)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car used, a 2010, with 85000 miles. I went from only owning Lexus vehicles, to this one, and I have to say, I love it - it's perfect. People complain about mileage, but it's a big car, so it is expected to be poor. I average around 14 to 15 MPG overall. Summer its higher, winter it's lower. I traded in a Lexus RX because I wanted something with 3 rows of seats, with a third row that is actually usable. I looked at the Ford Expedition, Suburban, and Yukon, and none of them seemed to have a third row that anyone over the age of 5 could fit into. People note this car rides similar to a truck - and that's because it is one. That said, I think it rides very well, and is responsive for such a big vehicle. Moreover, the Armada is fast - much faster than you would expect. There is ample room for 2nd row passengers, and tons of cargo storage throughout. I have the Platinum version with bucket second row seats - so there is a console between the two seats. DVD entertainment works well. Heated steering wheel is awesome in the winter. In fact, I towed out a Ford F250 this winter that found itself stuck in the snow - and did it with great ease. As a whole, I would totally recommend this vehicle. It's great for family, or to fold down all the seats for hauling stuff. Tows 9100 lbs - more than any truck in it's class. I haven't had it long enough to rate reliability, but so far, it's been great - no problems."

19 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Our 2nd Armada

By on Wednesday, December 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great towing ability and reliability"

Cons: "Fuel economy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"We purchased our 2nd armada in June of 2014. We traded a 2006 Armada which we purchased new that year. It had approximately 95,000 miles and short of regular oil changes and some minor maintenance we never had any problems. We tow a 23 foot boat and sometimes it's hard to tell the boat is even back there. We didn't even consider another SUV when we were ready for a new one. So far, 29,000 miles in, our 2014 has not disappointed. I hope it is as reliable as the last. If I have any complaints, it's that the design has not really changed much since our 2006. The interior is finished off a little nicer but the exterior is basically the same. We kept waiting for the redesign of the Armada to take on the infiniti QX80 look or something similar but that never happened. Maybe for our next Armada purchase."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

2nd time I've bought one

By on Sunday, December 6, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Beast drive with excellent turning radius"

Cons: "Rattling heat shield at low speed is annoying"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I regretted trading my '08 Armada SL for a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder. I knew better afte reading the 2013 reviews but I did it anyways wanting to downsize. I traded that in for 2014 Platinum Armada. I absolutely love it. The only drawback is since I owned the platinum pathfinder I was expecting it to the have the same features. It does have the same Issue my 2008 did the heat shield always rattles and the dealership says its normal. I expect to keep this one for at least 6-7 years from now. Everyone that rides in it says it's comfy and roomy and the kids love the DVD player as well."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Best SUV ever!

By on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,345

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I owned a Honda Pilot, Dodge Durango and Cadillac Escalade. The Armada SL is the best! The Armada drive is very smooth and comfortable. The city gas mileage isn't that bad, but it's excellent on the interstate, I fly by all the SUV competition with ease. The Armada hasn't changed the design since it came out, but why change perfection."

56 people out of 104 found this review helpful

Best car ever - big, comfortable, safe, and fast

By on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 86,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfort, acceleration, braking"

Cons: "mpg is the only penalty for all this performance"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Large comfortable interior w/enormous storage space. 0-60 in 6.8 seconds - which is awesome for a 5800 lb SUV. Braking distance shorter than a BMW 3 series (all this per motor trend). Great handling for a large vehicle. Every option I want - memory power seats and mirrors, rear camera, sonar sensors, Bose radio with AM/FM/XM and 6 disc CD changer. Bluetooth. 20" Michelin high performance all weather tires with 14" vented performance rotors (thus the awesome stopping distance). Adjustable second row seat backs. I keep the driver's seat all the way back and my 6' 1" son can sit behind me without his knees touching my seat. Only negative is gas mileage; but the 28 gallon tank makes up for that."

25 people out of 54 found this review helpful

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