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2006 Nissan Armada

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2006 Nissan Armada Review

Durable enough to serve as a workhorse and handsome enough to drive to elegant functions.

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Overview

The 2006 Nissan Armada sport utility vehicle (SUV) is based on the Titan pickup truck. It has enough power to tow heavy trailers, measures large enough to seat eight passengers, and proves capable enough to travel through snow and ice.

The Range

Body Styles: Full-size SUV
Engines: 5.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Armada SE, Armada LE, Armada SE Off-Road

What's New

The 2006 Nissan Armada receives dual-zone automatic climate control and a 60/40-split third row seat. Nissan also gives the Armada LE upgraded side mirrors and a standard tow package to the SE Off-Road. A satellite radio provides an additional option for all models.

Exterior

Once you get over the sheer size of the 2006 Nissan Armada, you see that it has some handsome exterior features. It has a wide stance; its wheels push out toward the corners of the truck. This makes it easier to maneuver in tight spaces and gives it stability on the highway. The large grille is body-colored on the SE trim and chrome on the LE trim.

The Nissan Armada only comes as a four-door SUV with three trim levels: SE, SE Off-Road, and LE. The Base SE features 18-inch alloy wheels, body side molding, automatic intermittent windshield wipers, driver and passenger heated chrome door-mirrors, pearl paint, roof rails, a hinged rear window with a defogger and intermittent wiper, and rear and side platform steps. The SE Off-Road trim adds Rancho shocks, a lower final drive ratio, a trailer towing kit, 17-inch wheels and all-terrain tires, fog lights, and skid plates. The high-line LE model comes with a power liftgate, but it loses all of the offroad features.

Interior

The full-size Nissan Armada offers seating for up to eight passengers and easy-to-use, fold-flat seats: 40/20/40-split in the second row and 60/40-split third-row seats. The split seats offer a wide variety of seating and storage arrangements. Although you lose a seat in the LE model, the two captain's chairs that replace the split bench second-row seat do not diminish its versatility. Buyers find plenty of storage space up front. The number of overhead storage bins offer plenty of storage space in the front passenger compartment. Folding both the second- and third-row seats, provides a total of 97.1 cubic feet of cargo space.

Standard 2006 Nissan Armada SE features include dual-zone automatic climate control, privacy tint on the rear and side windows, three rows of seating, a power driver’s seat, a tire-pressure monitoring system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, rear parking sensors, rear-seat air-conditioning, an eight-speaker stereo with an in-dash CD changer, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. The LE trim includes heated leather seats, driver-seat memory, a power front passenger seat, second-row bucket seats, and an upgraded 10-speaker Bose audio system. Many of these features remain optional on SE and SE Off-Road models. Options for all of the models include a sunroof and rear DVD entertainment system. Optional on the LE trim is a DVD-based navigation system with a rear-view monitor.

Performance & Handling

All Armadas come with a 5.6-liter, V-8 engine paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces 305 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque and the SE. The LE models offer two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The SE Off-Road only comes with four-wheel drive. The Armada reaches a towing capacity of 9,100 pounds.

Despite its size, the 2006 Nissan Armada responds better than most of the other SUVs in its class. The powerful V-8 engine, five-speed automatic transmission, and large torque give the Armada plenty of power to tow a large trailer, traverse rough terrain, or merge into heavy traffic on the highway. The ride feels smooth and comfortable and the well-weighted steering makes it easy to maneuver in daily traffic. It proves nimble for its size; however the brakes, although adequate, do not fare well under repeated hard braking.

Safety

The Nissan Armada comes standard with four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, rear parking sensors, and side curtain airbags that protect all three rows of passengers. A vehicle rollover sensor deploys the side curtain airbags when it senses an upcoming rollover accident. Seat-mounted side airbags for front occupants come optionally on the SE and standard on the LE.

EPA Fuel Economy

Armada SE: 12/17 mpg city/highway
Armada LE: 12/17 mpg city/highway
Armada SE Off-Road: 12/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Very long list of standard and optional features
  • Roomy interior
  • Lots of storage space
  • Fold-flat third row seat
  • Comfortable ride

You Won't Like

  • Leather seats less comfortable than cloth seats
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Large side makes it incommodious to park

Sum Up

Durable enough to serve as a workhorse and handsome enough to drive to elegant functions.

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