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2012 Nissan Armada

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2012 Nissan Armada Review

Capable and fun but not best in class

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The full-size Nissan Armada is a versatile vehicle, offering a towing capacity of 9000-pounds when properly equipped while also offering surprisingly strong performance numbers. The Armada has room for eight, adding to its versatility. This full-size SUV is available in three trims: SL, SV, and Platinum. Powering this 5500-pound vehicle is a 5.6-liter V-8 engine that produces 317-horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. The engine and the Armada are the perfect pair, as the engine works wonders for this behemoth of a vehicle. The Armada accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 6.8 seconds, a pretty amazing time for a vehicle of this stature. The Armada does receive a few changes for 2012, although very minor. A few changes include 2nd row heated seats on the platinum model, heated front seats on the SL model, and a new paint color, Brilliant Silver, is also offered. The Armada may be massive, but it attempts to offer much more than your average full-size SUV.

The Range

Body Style: SUV
Engines: 5.6L, V-8
Transmissions: 5-speed automatic
Models: SL, SV, Platinum

What's New

The Armada receives a few minor changes for 2012. The SL gets heated front seats, as well as a standard power liftgate that the SV Driver Package also received. The Platinum model receives 2nd row heated seats, along with a 2nd row padded armrest with the Captain's Chair option. A new exterior color, Brilliant Silver, is also offered.


The Armada is both wide and very long at just over 17 feet. The exterior of the Armada features a rugged and sporty side. All models are equipped with chrome front-door handles, body-color rear door handles, halogen headlights, and tinted glass on the 2nd and 3rd row windows. SL and Platinum models contain more features, such as a chrome roof rack and chrome tailpipes.


The interior of the Armada is much like that of the exterior, big. It offers class-leading 2nd row roominess, and best-in-class interior overhead. Seton Leather seating is standard on Armada SL and Platinum models, while cloth seating is standard on the Armada SV. A Bose audio system is available, with 11 speakers generously spread throughout. The Platinum model includes a standard navigation system with XM NavTraffic.

Performance & Handling

The 2012 Armada puts up remarkable performance numbers for its size. It is powered by a 5.6-liter V-8 engine that produces 317 horsepower and 385 lb-feet of torque. This is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. Also, the engine features an electronic "drive-by-wire" throttle for precise control. All this allows the Armada to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 6.8 seconds.


The Armada features numerous safety features including six standard airbags; dual-stage front supplemental airbags, roof-mounted curtain supplemental airbags, and front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental airbags. Other safety features include 3-point front seat belts with dual pretensioners and load limiters, zone body construction with front and rear crumple zones, and an engine immobilizer.

EPA Fuel Economy

Armada: 12 mpg city, 18 mpg highway

You'll Like

  • Lots of power
  • Endless interior room
  • Generous towing capacity

You Won't Like

  • Bad fuel economy
  • No six-speed

Sum Up

Capable and fun but not best in class

If You Like This Vehicle

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See the New 2014 Armada.

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