2014 Nissan Armada Platinum Reserve Long-Term Report 2 of 4

An Update On Our Passenger Hauler

May 25, 2015
Photographers: Robert Guio
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).
Photo 2/3   |   Third Row Seating
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.
Photo 3/3   |   Nissan Mointor In Headrest
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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