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Pro
One of the largest SUVs on the market with premium seating for eight. A very comfortable on- or off-road vehicle. All the “must have” items are either standard or can be added.

Con
Armada makes do with a 5-speed automatic transmission when competitors have moved to 6 or more. Body style is largely unchanged.

Nissan Armada 2014
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Price
Basic MSRP is $59,178 and ranges up to $61,278 with Platinum Reserve Package.

Fuel Economy (city/highway in l/100 km)
17.3/11.4

Improvements and changes
In spite of few physical changes, the Armada has kept up to date with Bluetooth, second row entertainment system, sat/nav and top line stereo systems. Front and rear sonar systems as well as a rear view monitor keep the driver well informed.

Exterior
There is little to say about an exterior that has not changed in 3 years except for updates to HID or LED lighting. The bright Nissan group grille and the limited bit of bright work along the sides of the darker colored Armadas does make them stand out. The only color that is not suited to this body style is white as it removes all points of reference and all your eye will see is a giant white vehicle.

Interior
The Armada interior fares much better. All seats are comfortable and if you prefer, the second row seat can be either a bench or two buckets depending on how you fill out the option sheet. Road trips require a place to put stuff and the Armada has 14 cup holders, various side and seat back pockets that come in handy. Dual zone climate control, a heated steering wheel as well as heated front seats, rear air conditioning and a power folding third row seat are all standard.

Cargo/towing/payload capacity
Maximum towing capacity with the trailer towing package is 4,082 kg (7,000 lb). Cargo volume behind the third row seat is 566 liters. With the third row folded down the total space is 1605.5 liters. Maximum payload is 870 kg (1,917 lb).

Powertrain
The Armada utilizes a DOHC, 32-valve, 5.6L V8 that produces 317 horsepower and 385 lb.ft. of torque. Behind the motor is a 5-speed automatic with a two speed transfer case attached.

Safety
Dual front, fount mounted side impact and full length side curtain air bags. Child proof rear door locks, LATCH system of anchoring child seats and three point seat belts are standard. Four-wheel disc brakes with traction control, stability control, electronic brake force distribution and roll mitigation are standard. Tire Pressure Monitoring System, front and rear sonar systems with distance sensing curies control are standard.

Comparables
Lincoln Navigator, Cadillac Escalade, Lexus LX, Land Rover Range Rover, Mercedes Benz GL-Class, Infiniti QX80.