Nissan Armada

BASE PRICE RANGE: $38,860-$53,840
BODY TYPE: Full-size SUV

WHAT'S NEW: The Armada's lineup has been shuffled. New SV and SL replace the previous SE and Titanium, respectively, while the top-line Platinum continues unchanged. New exterior (Espresso Black) and interior (Almond) hues are added to the color palettes. All 2WD models now come with a 2.94 rear axle ratio, helping increase towing capacity to 8200 lb.

BEST BUY: A midlevel SL adds some extra equipment before weighing down the Armada with an Infiniti-like price.

SUM UP: Capable, but not best in class.
RATING: **1/2

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2011 Nissan Armada
Base Engine 5.6L/317-hp DOHC V-8
Optional Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 5A
0-60 MPH 6.8-8.0 sec*
Tow/Payload 6500-9000/1300-1750 lb*
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 12/18 mpg
Basic warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety ABS: S; Stab: S; Trac: S; Airbags: 6
*Estimated