"Vehicle is a gas guzzler, but so are all the other vehicles of same size. Engine power and torque is VERY nice. I can fit five 6 foot tall guys in this vehicle and everyone still be comfortable.
Only down sides are that seats don't fold completely flat, steering wheel should have more movement (as far as adjusting to different drivers) and that's about it.
I've had a great experience. Lots of room, power, and you can't beat the price for a fully loaded LE."
"The Armada 4 x 4 off road edition is a great SUV. The 4 wheel independent suspension, air adjust shocks, and powerful V8 combine to make for a comfortable ride no matter how many passengers or what I'm towing. Armada handles a 6,000 lb boat like it's not even there. Big leather seating allows for comfort on long trips for all passengers, even in the 3rd row of seats. Highly recommend, just bring cash for 15 mpg."
"This car is great! I'm a 5'4" mom and have no problem seeing out any of the windows, parking, etc. I've driven a family member's Suburban and it felt like a bus. This doesn't feel any bigger than the old Xterra we used to have when driving, but the roominess on the inside is amazing. My only complaint is that with two small children, the nylon-ish upholstery shows stains very bad, even water marks. Other than that, I love it! In the market for our second one."
"Ours is a 2005 and to date we have had numerous electronic issues including false indications for SRS failure, low tire pressure and Passenger Air Bag failure. We have also replaced the radiator due to a core failure. Our rattles like a buckboard and has more squeeks than a bag full of squirrels. The quality of the fit and finish is well below that of my Toyota Tundra. The power is nice but it plows through turns. Not the best vehicle I have ever owned in my 35 years of driving."
"Overall, we have enjoyed the armada. This is a give and take truck. You gain space while giving up gas mileage. You gain power but give up in gross vehicle weight.
Yes there are rattles and squeaks. But what do you expect for a 1st model year vehicle. The truck has had the brakes replaced under warranty due to the jutter problem. Also has been in for a failed seat belt tensioner. The dealer took care of it promptly and to our satisfaction under warranty.
Other than those hiccups the vehicle has performed flawlessly. My kids love the room. My wife loves the safety of a big vehicle. And I like the power."
"I have owned this SUV for 3 years. YOu can't beat the room and I have had very little problem with it. My problem is all the squeeks on the interior from the roof console. It drives a little stiff for me. I use to drive a Tahoe and the ride in my Tahoe was much smoother but the styling and the space outweigh that.
Squeeks must have been a problem with this car because when I was at the dealer last time just browsing new ones the salesman made a point without my provoking of telling me they fixed a lot of the noise problems they had with previous versions."
"I have a 2008 Armada. This has been the best vehicle I've ever owned.
Fantastic performance, creative options,it's a vehicle that's fun to drive. I look forward to driving it every day, and I've had it now for almost two years.
It's very safe too. I was hit from behind by a HUGE water tanker while I stopped a red light.
The back half of the suv was seriously damaged, and the car in front of me was hit by my suv as the impact into my suv was so hard.
The driver of the car in front of me was hospitalized and I basically walked away with minor aches and pains. I spent 30 minutes in the emergency room and was then released. And Oh Yeah, the car in front of was an on duty police car, oops.
The accident was so severe that two news helicopters arrived to film the scene and it made the Local San Diego evening news. I WAS LUCKY. But it was the Armada that saved my life!
I'm an Arnada owner for life."
"We have had our Armada for 3 years and love it! My wife loves it too...she said it drives, and parks great for a "Big Truck" Just a tip to all who have this vehicle, or are considering it....We placed an Airaid Cold Air Intake on it and now get around 16 MPG in city driving and 20 MPG on Highway, (and we get 12 MPG towing a 23ft boat, first SUV ever that did this for us!)"
"I picked up a 2004 Nissan Parthfinder Armada in June of 2013. My wife and I absolutely love it despite its shortcoming. We both agree that for her if it had the trunk space of an Expedition XL or Suburban she would have no complaints. Well I love this Suv from the outside in it's distinctive style curves and humps remind me of a MC Hammer song pumps and bumps for real and not for play. My buddy calls it a Rhino being a big guy (about 6'5 470lb.) I thought that I tould not be able to fit comfortably after having attempted to sit in all large SUV and while they had more room none of them were as comfortable height wise as the Armada. The width of the seats are a moderate issue as the seatbelt latch can dig into my right hip and the need to reposition while driving becomes a real headache. I suffer from chronic big guy automotive disorder love sports cars can't fit in any sports car I can afford. So the amazing 5.6 V8 and the response to my accelerator is absolutely amazing after 5 years of a ford freestar (oddly the same year as my Armada) this thing is a beast it gets up it goes it slows as if it were a vehicle half it's size. It has plenty of room storage space and on the freeway the gas mileage is better than the vans. Quarter of a tank from Las Vegas to St. George Utah, compared to a half tank for the mini van granted larger tank on the Armada, but whoa in four wheel drive this thing just claws up inclines and glides safely down declines. I would definitely advise anyone looking for a unique sporty and fun to drive SUV to hit up the Nissan Armada.."
"Bought our 2006 in 2009 and still have it with no intent to sell it. This SUV is the safest vehicle I have ever owned. It is not that great on gas but the comfort and safety it offers are well worth a little extra fuel cost and I should mention that if you are light on the gas pedal it is not so bad. I have used this vehicle for work everyday as well as on long trips. My husband loves it for its power. We have pulled a 33 foot camper weighing in at 8000lbs all over the East Coast and barely knew it was there all while carrying 7 passengers. I'm not sure about other vehicles in the same class but I am satisfied with this one enough that I really have no interest in finding out. My kids are safe when in this vehicle and to me that's enough to make me recommend it to anyone!"
"Great vehicle. Only one complaint....if you are a big guy like me, the seats are a little narrow so you have the edges of the cushion pushing against your rump. Otherwise, the Armada handles great, nice ride, and lots of power. If you want to improve fuel economy and improve power, throw away the paper air filter and put in a high flow reuseable filter like at K&N or get a cold air intake from Nissan. Also, replace the factory spark plugs and put in some Bosch platinum +4's."
"Performance is unrivavled, but comes at a cost (fuel). Has enough towing capacity for 98% of consumers. Acceleration is amazing. I've surprised many cars off the line.
Comfort is one of the only drawbacks. Japanese cars notoriously have hard seats and this one is no different. But driving position is great which helps. Second row seating has more legroom than any other in it's class by a large margin. Third row folds flat unlike GM's. It also is pretty comfortable even for larger people on long trips.
Nissan service has often been overlooked but I have always had really good service.
In 2005, there wasn't a better choice for the money than the Armada. We got the LE with all the gizmos and an extended warranty for less than a lesser equipped Chevy Tahoe. After GM's redesign of the Tahoe, the gap is narrowed. It's a toss-up for me. Would you rather have a fold flat 3rd row (Nissan) or more comfortable seats (Chevy)?"
"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."
"This is our current family SUV and we LOVE it. We had previously driven a Ford Explorer and a Chevy Tahoe. We had thoroughly shopped around dealerships comparing prices and features between various makes and models, and I've never liked anything better than my Armada. We have the 8 passenger model which has been great for our family of 6 (and large furry friend)! Obviously the MPG aren't the greatest, but you don't buy an SUV if you're worried about fuel efficiency but on road-trips I've gotten up to 24mpg which is awesome. The interior is roomy and practical and it drives great. Great acceleration, good stopping capabilities, and a very stable ride - I feel very safe and the 4WD/AWD is an amazing feature. Currently there is 212,000 miles on our odometer and it's still running great, I've never had any major issues mechanical or otherwise. We are currently shopping around for a newer SUV with less miles and plan to upgrade to a newer Armada."
"My 2011 Armada is now my second Armada. I had a 2008 Armada, and when I had only 4000 miles on it, I was rear ended by an 18 ton water tanker. I basically walked away with a 30 minute emergency room quick check, all due to the largeness of the Armada. I believe it saved my life.
My 2011 Armada is almost perfect. A few minor issues that needed to be worked on but overall the Armada has been fantastic.
I've owned a Sequoia>(big mistake), a Trooper, a Pathfinder, a 2008 Armada and now a 2011 Armada. And the Armada wins hands down.
Maybe some day I can afford the Platinum model. Who knows?"
"I just purchased an 08 Armada couple weeks ago and love it. Did plenty of research on other vehicles before my purchase and decided to pursue the Armada. Its huge, roomy, and just feel safe in it. I have a newborn so safety and room were my selling points. Oh and this thing has plenty of power however that power eats gas so its not excellent on gas economy but I knew that before purchasing. If MPG is important to you, then you may need to look elsewhere. Also with the SUV high off the ground, much of the maintenance can be done yourself (oil, transmission, etc). Other than that I totally recommend the Armada."
"The only problem that I have had is the back latch motor gave out. It was covered under warranty by dealership but if hadn't of been it would have been costly. Very roomy, comfortable. Interior is great. Large SUV but once you drive the Armada it really is easy to manuever and park."
Cons: "Only driven 1,000 miles. Follow up review later."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I currently owned Honda Pilot and a Toyota Sequoia but I can't afford the current price tags of these new vehicles. Purchased a new 2012 Nissan Armada Platinum loaded for a bargain price comparable to a base model 2012 Toyota Sequoia. Gas mileage is 1 mile per gallon lower than the Toyota Sequoia and considered minor difference. Comfortable ride, roomy, and fun to drive."
Pros: "Handles well for its size, comfortable and roomy, lots of toys"
Cons: "Fuel consumption, slightly unstable on unpaved/bumpy roads"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This SUV has been super reliable (lone exception: had a transmission cooling line leak, research shows it to be a common issue, but it was a relatively inexpensive fix).
It handles well on paved/smooth roads and even in rain and strong winds feels stable and trustworthy. Unpaved roads and bumpy/badly maintained paved roads are another story... The vehicle tends to feel unstable over moderate bumps, to the point of feeling as if it "skips" over them rather than just ride over them as it should. Once over them, the ride regains its usual smooth composure, but on badly paved roads or dirt roads, it can get a bit unnerving.
Fuel consumption is an issue, of course, but a known one, so I won't go into detail other than to say you know what you're buying when you get this SUV, so you really can't complain about it.
Interior touches are many, and everything is well placed within reach except for the stereo controls. There are some steering wheel controls, but they only scroll up and down through the presets, so if you want to manually change stations (say, in an area where your presets won't work due to distance) then you'll find yourself reaching across quite a distance to make adjustments. The seats are comfortable, hace a decent amount of adjustments and features (heated, lumbar support), and the inclusion of XM and the rear DVD system makes long rides feel shorter. Also, the Music Box 8GB hard drive-based system is a nice touch, automatically copying any CD inserted to the drive and allowing search for tracks based on artist, mood, album etc.
Finally there are a lot of nice features like tire pressure monitoring, programmable maintenance reminders, lots of storage compartments, AUX jack for iPod or other MP3 players, heated steering wheel, height-adjustable pedals, etc... The list is long, and you'll use them.
When it's time to replace my Armada, I will certainly consider buying another before looking at other makes/models."