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Nissan Armada

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OVERVIEW

2015 Nissan Armada – SV RWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V8 Auto Trans (Base Trim)

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RATINGS

Editors Overall Rating

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We liked
  • Surprisingly Punchy V-8
  • Large Interior Cabin That is Comfortable and Versatile
  • Soft, Supple Ride
We disliked
  • Getting Quite Long in the Tooth
  • Sub-Par Fuel Economy
  • Not as Refined as Competitors
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MSRP
$38,410
MPG
13 / 19
City/Hwy
ENGINE
5.6L V8
HORSE POWER
317 hp
@ 5,200 rpm
TORQUE
385 ft lb
of torque @ 3,400 rpm
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The 2015 Nissan Armada is an odd player in the large SUV segment. It has been on the market in current guise for 11 model years now, yet Nissan has somehow found ways to keep this large, eight-passenger SUV somewhat relevant among its more refreshed competitors. The truck-based Armada has a very comfortable ride that makes it a great road-trip vehicle. Inside, materials are high quality, there are a lot of cargo storage options (supplemented by power-folding third-row seats), and the view of the road is commanding. The Armada’s only engine choice, the 317hp 5.6L V-8, has remained unchanged since the model’s introduction, but it still feels quite powerful and helps deliver a top-of-class 9,000-pound towing capacity. Nevertheless, its age really starts to show when compared side by side with the recently revised Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Tahoe. The future of the Armada is unknown. There’s a chance a new Armada based on the 2016 Titan may debut, but considering its miniscule sales, it’s just as likely to be dropped in the next few years.

REVIEW

We’ve said it before and it needs to be said again: this thing is a road trip machine. In the time since our last report, we’ve clicked off a majority of the miles on our ’14 Nissan Armada on the open road. Everybody that rides in or drives the Platinum Reserve comments on its amazing ride quality and comfortable interior. Driver fatigue is a near non-issue, and if it weren’t for fuel stops and bio breaks, one could conceivably cruise forever.
While we do have our complaints, they are all relatively minor so far. The front and second row seats are equipped with seat heaters, which work great. However, the switchgear used to activate the heaters is a simple toggle. This isn’t so much a problem as it’s an annoyance when the heaters get inadvertently left on (front seats) or turned on (rear seats).
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In our last report we noted the faux ignition key. If you’re not familiar, the Armada uses a keyless fob system, similar to most new cars and SUVs on the market. However, instead of the now-familiar push-button ignition, Nissan chose to use a knob in place of the key. That’s fine, except several of our testers have inadvertently reached for both the four-wheel-drive selector and the volume dial instead of the ignition. Their proximity to one another lends itself to this embarrassing mistake.
Speaking of the fob, we also have a bone to pick with the keyless door unlocking system. Each front door handle has a button on it, and when the fob is within a certain distance, pressing this button is supposed to unlock the doors. When this feature works it’s great, but the doors only unlock about 50 percent of the time. With so many good systems on the market, we wish this could be improved.
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During our first report period the Armada averaged 13.83 mpg in mixed driving. Proving extraordinarily consistent, during this second period we’ve averaged 13.84 mpg. Our best highway tank this time around netted 16 mpg, still well below the 18-mpg EPA highway rating. We’ll keep trying.
For the next report we’re going to hitch up a trailer and test out the Armada’s 9,000-pound tow rating, and hopefully get it a bit dirty to stretch its four-wheel-drive legs. Overall, we’re still extraordinarily pleased with the vehicle’s comfort and performance. The complaints we have are all pretty minor in the grand scheme of things—thus far anyway.
Long-Term Numbers
Report: 2 of 4
Previous Report(s): Mar./Apr. ’15
Base Price: $52,860
Price as Tested: $55,945
Miles to Date: 7,182
Miles Since Last Report: 2,771
Average MPG (this report): 13.84
Best Tank (mpg): 16.49
Worst Tank (mpg): 11.29
Test Maintenance: Oil change, tire rotation, windshield washer fluid refill
Test Problem Areas: None
Logbook Quotes
“The seat heaters work amazingly well! But the rocker switches to activate them often lead to forgetting to turn them off and unexpected roasted bums.”
“Weather alerts from the navigation system are fun at first, but they tend to get annoying after a while. However, traffic alerts are spot on.”
“Don’t order the tow mirrors unless you plan to tow often: They are actually quite difficult to use in daily driving.”
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$38,410
13 / 19
5.6L V8
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2014 Nissan Armada

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$37,590
13 / 19
5.6L V8
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2013 Nissan Armada

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$36,890
13 / 19
5.6L V8
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2012 Nissan Armada

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$39,870
13 / 19
5.6L V8
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$38,490
12 / 18
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2010 Nissan Armada

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$37,510
12 / 18
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$35,500
12 / 17
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