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2014 Nissan Armada Platinum Reserve - Long Term Report 1 of 4

The First Impressions of This 8-Seater

Feb 13, 2015
Photographers: Robert Guio
2014 Nissan Armada Platinum Reserve
There has been a lot of buzz in the truck world over the past year surrounding the class of three-row, eight passenger truck-based SUVs. Rumors abound of new models coming; many of the current offerings have been updated; and those that haven’t are slated to be soon. So we felt it would be prudent to slide behind the wheel of one of these large people carriers for a year in an effort to provide our loyal readership with an idea of what it’s like to live with one.
The ’14 Nissan Armada was chosen to spend the next year in our fleet because it is a prime example of the class. With all of the buzz surrounding Nissan, the upcoming ’16 Titan, and even rumors of a new Armada coming soon, we felt it was time to get to know this loveable giant on a more personal level.
Based loosely on the Titan and Patrol, the Armada comes standard with the company’s 5.6L V-8 engine, which produces 317 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission and has an available 2-speed transfer case. Independent suspension is found at all four corners, and the rear is auto-leveling. Nissan offers three trim levels of Armada: SV, SL, and Platinum. We optioned our Platinum trim with the Reserve package, which adds premium-grade two-tone leather seating, wood dash trim, 20-inch dark chrome wheels, and body-color door handles.
Photo 2/6   |   2014 Nissan Armada Platinum Reserve Interior
Driving the Armada is a pleasure; it has plenty of power and a soft, supple ride. Throttle tip-in is quick and can catch people who aren’t accustomed to it off-guard with its snappiness. Steering is heavy and truck-like, which provides great directional stability on the highway, but it can be difficult in tight parking situations.
During our first report period with the Armada we encountered one issue that was fixed under warranty. Very early in testing we had an air conditioning line burst open during a particular hot spell near our Los Angeles headquarters. The local dealership had the line replaced and us on the road in no time and at no cost.
For the first 4,000 miles of testing, the Armada averaged 13.83 mpg in mixed city and highway driving. This is perfectly in line with the EPA’s 14 mpg combined rating. On the open highway we achieved a best of 16.49 mpg, which falls short of its 18-mpg rating. We figure a combination of wind and speed account for the shortcoming, and we’re confident we can squeeze better out of it.
Photo 3/6   |   2014 Nissan Armada Platinum Reserve Info Center
Our Armada has thus far proven to be a valuable asset to the fleet, with plenty of room for people and gear and more than enough power to move it all. We’re excited to see what the next nine months brings as we continue to explore its seemingly never-ending well of versatility.
Long-Term Numbers
Report: 1 of 4
Previous Report(s): None
Base Price: $45,050
Price as Tested: $53,210
Miles to Date: 6,345
Miles Since Last Report: First Report
Average MPG (this report): 15.9
Best Tank (mpg): 19.6 (highway between 70-75 mph)
Worst Tank (mpg): 9.6 (towing 6,600-pound trailer)
Test Maintenance: None
Test Problem Areas: Software recall
Logbook Quotes
“The Armada’s supple leather seats, roomy interior, and plush suspension make it the ultimate lazy road-trip vehicle.”
“For how modern and advanced most of the vehicle feels, I can’t get over how clunky the faux ignition key and driver information center are.”
“Eight full-grown adults fit comfortably for short trips; just make sure the two shortest guys sit in the back.”

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