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2011 Nissan Armada Review

Still fun and capable but falling behind

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The 2011 Nissan Armada is a full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) with the attributes of a truck, if considering payload and towing abilities, but it still looks sporty. Equipped with a 5.6-liter V-8 engine coupled to a five-speed automatic transmission, the Armada SUV rides like a sedan and exhibits exceptional ergonomics and handling.

The Nissan Armada achieves 0-60 in 6.8 seconds and brakes from 60-0 in 128 feet. Seating eight passengers, the SUV has a spacious interior with a second row of seats that folds flat for even more space. For more cargo area, the last row of seating splits 60/40. Although equipped with Nissan's top-notch safety systems, the Armada gets a mediocre fuel economy 12 mpg city/18 mpg highway.

New for 2011

For 2011, the new SV and SL trims replace the previous SE and Titanium trims, respectively, while the top-of-the-line Platinum carries over unchanged. The Nissan Armada received a new exterior paint called Espresso Black and a new interior color called Almond. To help increase towing capacity to 8200 pounds, all two-wheel-drive models now come with a 2.94 rear axle ratio.

Essentials

Engine: 5.6L V-8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Body Style: SUV
Trims: SL Sport Utility, SV Sport Utility, Platinum Sport Utility

On the Outside

The Nissan Armada is distinguished by a bold front grille, flared fenders, and "hidden" rear door handles. Optional exterior equipment includes fog lamps and a chrome roof rack.

From the Inside

Delivering impressive room for eight passengers and up to 97.1 cubic feet of cargo space, the Armada is designed with a long 123.2-inch wheelbase but a relatively short 207.7-inch overall length. A gated floor-mounted shifter makes the Armada drive and feel like a car.

Driving Performance

Powered by a 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 rated at 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque and paired to a five-speed automatic, 5700-pound Armada can still run from 0 to 60 in under seven seconds. The full-size eight-passenger Armada is designed with a heavy-duty fully boxed ladder frame and control-arm suspension.

Safety Equipment

Standard on the Armada are front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, the last for outboard occupants in all three rows. Also standard are front-seat active head restraints, stability control, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Gas Mileage

Nissan Armada SUV: 12 mpg city/18 mpg hwy

Plusses

  • Robust power
  • Sport-like chassis
  • Prodigious towing capacity
  • Seating for eight passengers

Minuses

  • Poor fuel economy
  • New model on the horizon
  • Inferior interior quality
  • Lack of six-speed transmission

Rating

Still fun and capable but falling behind

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