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2017 Nissan Armada KBB Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating 8.4 / 10
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By Matt Degen


The 2017 Nissan Armada is the brand's flagship SUV, a 3-row brute that boasts plenty of room and capability for active families. Revamped for 2017, the Armada is now based on the Patrol, an iconic SUV that for decades has served as a military transport and adventure vehicle in global markets. With a powerful V8 engine and a slew of amenities, the Nissan Armada offers a lot of vehicle for its roughly $45,000 starting price. Highlights include impressive towing capacity and an optional safety system that can warn the driver if a vehicle two cars ahead suddenly slows. Despite its merits, the Armada faces tough competition in the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a tough, 3-row SUV that can seat up to eight people, tow up to 8,500 pounds and undercuts its rivals in price, the 2017 Armada is a tempting choice. Its brawny new profile, meanwhile, nearly mimics that of its pricier Infiniti QX80 sibling.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Armada has less 3rd-row legroom than the Sequoia, Expedition and Suburban, and though the vehicle is all-new for 2017, its infotainment system lags those of GM and Ford. While the Armada can be had with 4-wheel drive, it lacks hill-descent control, terrain management, a locking differential and sophisticated off-roading features.

What's New for 2017

The 2017 Nissan Armada is all-new, entering its second generation. Like its luxury SUV sibling the Infiniti QX80, the Armada no longer is based on the Titan full-size truck but rather the rugged Nissan Patrol that has served overseas markets since the 1950s.

Driving It Driving Impressions

The 2017 Nissan Armada retains its truck-like body-on-frame construction, which means this big SUV has the rigid and rugged ride associated with a truck vs. a sedan-based crossover SUV. That setup, combined with the Armada's ample 9.1 inches of ground clearance and its tall profile, will make you think twice about cornering at anything more than moderate speeds. However, the Armada gets up to speed in a respectable manner thanks to its revised, stronger V8 and smooth 7-speed automatic transmission. On highways this 3-row SUV is smooth and quiet, but its size makes it a handful to park and maneuver in tighter settings. With its fully boxed ladder frame and available 4-wheel-drive system with part-time transfer case, the Armada is ostensibly Nissan's most adept SUV for off-roaders. We are surprised the Armada lacks hill-descent control, a useful feature that can be found on a Nissan Rogue that costs roughly half as much.

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PREDICTIVE FORWARD COLLISION-WARNING (PFCW)
It's easy to know what the car ahead is doing -- but what about the vehicle ahead of that one? Using radar, Nissan's PFCW safety system keeps tabs on both vehicles ahead of the Armada, and if one suddenly slows, it can alert the driver and even automatically apply the brakes.

BEVY OF STANDARD FEATURES
The 2017 Armada comes with several features that cost extra in rivals, furthering its value proposition. Among the highlights are a navigation system, Bose audio, and front and rear sonar-assisted parking aids.


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