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2014 Nissan Armada

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2014 Nissan Armada Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.6

Nissan's 2014 Armada is a full-size traditional SUV for big families and big towing needs. Its small field of competitors includes 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 seats for seven or eight. The foldaway 3rd-row seat – power activated on SL and Platinum trims – makes it easy to exploit the massive cargo hold. For inclement weather and/or muddy roads, 4-wheel drive (4WD) is available. Though prices have been reduced for 2014, this big SUV doesn't come cheap (from $37,885), and it's not cheap to feed. But, if you're not put off by the pricing, another hundred bucks per fill-up probably won't be of much concern.

You'll Like This Car If...

If your full-size SUV 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 2014 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 2014 Nissan Armada, there are many front-drive-based SUVs with slightly smaller interiors and much better fuel economy. GMC's Acadia is one, as is the Ford Explorer.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 6.6
  • 6.4
  • 7.2
  • 6.0
  • 5.4
  • N/A
How It Ranks

#28

out of 28

Fuel Economy

#2

out of 28

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

8.7 out of 10
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2014 Nissan Armada Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

With a major makeover on the near horizon, the Nissan Armada rolls into 2014 unchanged, but with substantial price reductions across the board.

Driving the Armada
2014 Nissan Armada Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions Like other traditional full-size SUVs, truck foundations, long wheelbase and substantial mass yield deliberate handling responses in the 2014 Nissan Armada. Independent double-wishbone suspension makes the Armada a little more...

agile than some, and ride quality is smooth on decent pavement, though it can become choppy on patchy surfaces and large expansion joints, or on washboard stretches of dirt road. The speed-sensitive steering reduces the work of maneuvering this big SUV in parking lots, but lacks tactile feedback in back-road maneuvers. While the Armada never lets the driver forget its dimensions, the torquey V8 engine does a good job of managing its hefty curb weights, which range close to three tons, depending on equipment. The 2014 Armada is quick off the line, and its 5-speed automatic transmission is smooth and kicks down readily for passing, (though competing SUVs have at least six forward speeds).
Favorite Features

REAR-SEAT DESIGN
The 2014 Nissan Armada's versatile 3rd-row seats provide enough legroom to accommodate adults, and will fold absolutely flat to create a level loading floor.

SELF-LEVELING REAR SUSPENSION
Available on SL and Platinum trim levels, the pneumatic rear suspension automatically adjusts ride height to compensate for heavy loads or the high tongue weight that goes with 9,000-pound trailering.

2014 Nissan Armada Details
2014 Nissan Armada Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Nissan's 2014 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 of assorted cargo. The Armada's second row can be outfitted with either a 3-person bench seat or a pair of captain's chairs divided by a removable center console creating a clear and easy pathway for 3rd-row passengers to enter and exit. Passengers in the Armada's 3rd-row seat have real adult-size legroom, plus a slightly elevated perch designed to provide a good forward view and to make the area feel less claustrophobic.

Exterior
2014 Nissan Armada photo

Unchanged for 2014, the Armada's expressive body arches and door frames stand out from the 90-degree-angle designs common among competing SUVs, as do its raised roof and enormous fender flares. Nissan's 3-opening chrome grille, so familiar on the company's truck line, distinguishes the Armada SUV as well, adding a bit of ruggedness to 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 standard equipment on the 2014 Nissan Armada SV are front and rear air conditioning, floor- and ceiling-mounted consoles, Vehicle Dynamic Control, rear privacy glass, heated power outside mirrors, power-adjustable pedals, head-curtain airbags (covering all rows), Bluetooth, 8-way heated power driver's seat, 4-way heated 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 and auto-leveling rear air suspension. The Platinum Edition includes all these features plus heated 2nd-row seats and steering wheel, a power moonroof, a hard-drive-based navigation system and middle-row DVD entertainment.

Optional Equipment

Options for the 2014 Nissan Armada SUV vary by trim. The 2-wheel-drive (2WD) Armada SV can be equipped with the Driver Package ($2,150) 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 (4WD).

Under the Hood
2014 Nissan Armada Engine photo

Nissan equips the 2014 Armada SUV with its most powerful V8, and the engine performance is impressive. Rated to tow up to 9,000 pounds (with the available Tow Package), the Armada acquits itself well in maximum towing capacity among 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)

Pricing Notes

With prices reduced for all 2014 Nissan Armada models, the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the basic 2WD Armada SV is $37,885 and $43,385 with 4WD. The SL ranges from $43,175 to about $50,000, while a fully loaded Platinum tops out close to $60,000. Before you negotiate, check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see the typical transaction price paid for Armadas in your area. Also be sure to check the Incentives tab to see what deals the manufacturer may be offering. In resale, the 2014 Nissan Armada SUV is projected to retain an average residual value, slightly lower than the Chevrolet Suburban and Ford Expedition, and well below the Toyota Sequoia.

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2014 Nissan Armada Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 382 Ratings for the 2004 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

A "Buy American" Guy on the Dark Side...

By on Friday, April 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Power. Class. Space. Luxury."

Cons: "Needs more gas than the Space Shuttle!"

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

"I'm a "Buy American" guy through and through. Well I defied conventional wisdom and reluctantly bought my 2013 Armada per wife's demand. I absolutely love it. Power. Class. Space. Luxury. "Truckamoto" has it. It's a Japanese Sumo in American disguise. Fuel Consumption is worse than Adam Sandler's acting career, but if you don't know that before buying one, then it's your fault if you're whining about it."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

i so enjoy this car

By on Monday, March 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

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

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

"i have run in town errands, traveled, towed,and loaded it down on the inside like a pickup with all the seats down. it is so roomy and comfortable. i am talking myself out of selling it. my Armada is the most versitile and comfortable car yet. perfect. the four wheel drive is a better drive than some four wheel drives and it has a lower center of gravity than most large SUV. yep, i think i'll keep it."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

great value for the money

By on Saturday, February 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

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

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

"the only thing I wish was different.... on occasion, I'd like more storage space in the rear with all 3 rows in use."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Less than $4000 in lifetime repairs.

By on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 195,000

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Dependable"

Cons: "Mileage. 16-17 on the highway tops."

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

"Less than $4000 in lifetime repairs. Bought the car new in the fall of 2005. It has towed a 30 foot camper through the mountains many times."

14 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Pleased for the most part, but...

By on Friday, January 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,750

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Roomy, smooth ride, comfy seats"

Cons: "wind noise, no AUX port"

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

"In 2012 I purchased a preowned 2011 Armada SV & LOVED it. The one I purchased had a lot of miles on it & I decided since I loved it so much, it was time to upgrade. I traded it in for a 2013 Armada SL. There are two major complaints I do have...#1 at just 2700 miles my check engine light came on. Took it in & they said the O2 sensor needs to be replaced. I wasn't too happy that my brand new car need to go in the shop already. #2 Is the wind noise. I noticed it in my precious armada but not as much as I do now. I've actually got an appointment next week at the dealership to check it out & see it the seal around my driver door is messed up because the noise is significatly louder there & the door rattles when I hit a bump. One other thing I'm dissapointed in is that there is no place to plug in an auxillary cord to listen to my iphone. There is a USB port to plug in an ipod, but not an iphone where I can listen to Pandora or internet radio like I could in my 2011. So, for the most part yes, I do love my new car, but I do have a few dissapointments that hopefully were just minor hiccups that will be resolved soon."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Best SUV I have ever owned.

By on Wednesday, December 18, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"The best vehical Ihave ever owned. My previous vehical was a Toyota 4 Runner, which was a great ride. It was a 2000 I liked it but it was the model year before 4 Runner were enlarged, the interior was just too tight, I always felt crowded. The Armada is big, my wife loves it says she always feel safe in it. It pulls my 18 foot bow rider or utility trailer like they are not there. I usually trade ever 3or4 years, but cannot justify spending in excess of 40K just to have a newer model, when BIG RED has served very well."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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