Nissan Puts Intelligent Rear View Mirror in 2018 Armada Platinum
Added Standard Features Across Lineup Result in Price Increases
If you’ve never loaded the interior of your vehicle all the way to the ceiling, rendering your rearview mirror and windows useless, you’re either lucky or lying. For everyone else, Nissan wants to make your life a tiny bit easier and safer with the Intelligent Rear View Mirror (I-RVM), making its debut on the 2018 Armada fullsize SUV.
At first blush, the interior mirror looks conventional, with reflective glass, three universal remote buttons, and what looks like a day/night glare switch mounted in the housing. But flipping that switch instead activates a unique LCD monitor, firing up a camera mounted to the rear of the Armada. The mirror “removes” obstacles, like interior headrests and tall cargo, from view, providing the driver with a much clearer image of what’s behind. Furthermore, the monitor and camera reputedly improve rear visibility in low-light conditions. It also activates, even while at speed, providing the driver with a flipped, mirror-appropriate view out back.
I-RVM will be available in the 2018 Armada Platinum, and Nissan claims it’s the only vehicle in the non-luxury fullsize segment to boast such technology. The entire Armada lineup gets a few added features for 2018 as well, with even the base SV model receiving NissanConnect, an 8-inch infotainment screen, HD Radio, and added USB connectivity, among other niceties.
The 2018 Nissan Armada SV 2WD starts at $45,600, while the midgrade Armada SL starts at $50,350—each price represents a $700 increase over 2017. The Armada Platinum starts at $58,690, up $1,100. Four-wheel drive is optional across the Armada lineup, adding $2,900 to the bottom line of each trim level. With the 2018 Armada demanding a few more pennies than the new-for-2017 version, you'll have to decide for yourself if the added goodies are worth the money.