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2023 Nissan Armada Review, Pricing, and Specs

Overview

To feed the big-power SUV market, Nissan stuffs every Armada with a 400-horsepower V-8. It gives even the base model plenty of punch, and it comes with an impressive 8500-pound towing capacity. Offered with rear or all-wheel drive, the Armada is a three-row bucket of fun and class. At the top end of the Armada trim levels, quilted leather heated seats, headrest-mounted display screens and open-pore wood trim give this Nissan some Bentley energy. Recent updates have gifted the Armada with more power and refreshing styling, but it cannot be avoided that big power requires solutions to the liter. While it’s not the best of the Mondo SUV lineup compared to the Chevy Tahoe, Jeep Wagoneer, or Ford Expedition, the Armada’s style and powerful engine make it strikingly attractive.

What’s new for 2023?

After the Armada received a major refresh for 2021, the 2023 Nissan SUV’s changes are subtle. Nissan adds Amazon Alexa to Armada SV, SL and Platinum. Remote start, LED fog lights and an auto-dimming rearview mirror are all added as standard equipment for Armada SV. The 2023 Armada SL adds a heated steering wheel to its host of standard luxuries.

Prices and which one to buy

We think the SL trim is the best value. In addition to all the desirable standard features it inherits from the base SV model, it comes with a 13-speaker Bose sound system, 20-inch rims, leather interior appointments, a power liftgate, a heated steering wheel, and a sunroof. The SL also unlocks the optional second-row captain’s chairs, which we’d add.

Engine, transmission and performance

A powerful 5.6-liter V-8 mated to a civilized seven-speed automatic transmission is the Armada’s only powertrain. The engine, which gained 10 horsepower and 19 pound-feet of torque in 2021, produces 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque on premium fuel. It fits either rear- or four-wheel drive. We haven’t tested an Armada with the revised V-8, but we drove one and appreciated his effortless push. Despite its large proportions, the Armada rode surprisingly well thanks to its fully independent suspension, but its handling was no match for the agile. Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon. Our test vehicle had a smooth and quiet ride, despite rolling on 22-inch wheels (18-inchers are standard). Its soft-riding nature didn’t negatively affect our sense of control, but its steering was imprecise and slow to respond, allowing the SUV to wander on the highway like a member of its Spanish namesake.

Towing and payload capacity

The maximum towing capacity for the 2023 Nissan Armada is a hefty 8500 pounds. That’s true for rear and four-wheel drive models. It’s not as much as the Jeep Wagoneer, but it’s above competitors like the Chevy Suburban and Tahoe.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

All Armadas are powered by the same V-8 engine and automatic transmission, a combination that makes the Nissan less fuel efficient than most of its competitors. The EPA estimate the rear-drive version will earn 14 mpg in the city and 19 on the highway. Adding all-wheel drive to the mix cuts both numbers by 1 mpg. Once we can run one on our 75-mph fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regime, we can evaluate its actual mpg. For more information on the Armada’s fuel consumption, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, comfort and cargo

A soft and spacious interior complements the Armada’s classy outer shell. Its cabin is well insulated from outside noise, and most materials are attractive and soft. The Armada has three rows of seats and can accommodate up to eight passengers, but capacity drops to seven with the optional second-row captain’s chairs. These fold up easily and quickly with a handle that makes the seat jump forward; however, resetting the seat must be done manually. The power-folding third row (standard on the SL and up) can be raised and lowered with buttons in the cargo area or on the third-row armrests, but snails move faster. Compared to newer rivals, the Armada feels just as fancy—if not fancier—but its third-row legroom isn’t as generous. The top-of-the-line Platinum model features padded seating surfaces and faux open-pore wood trim, accentuating the luxury SUV vibe.

Infotainment and connectivity

Every Armada features a large 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with rotary controls for volume and mood. The unit sprouts from the top of the center stack and comes with built-in navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio (subscription required), standard Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay, and wireless smartphone charging. The mid-level SL model adds a 13-speaker Bose sound system, and the top-of-the-line Platinum trim features a rear-seat entertainment system with dual 8.0-inch screens.

Safety and Driver Assistance Features

Each Armada has a host of standards driver assistance technology. For more information on the Armada’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard automatic emergency braking
  • Standard lane departure warning and lane keeping assist
  • Standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert

Warranty and Maintenance Cover

The Armada’s warranty coverages are more or less average. Nissan also offers no complimentary scheduled maintenance, unlike the Tahoe and Yukon.

  • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

Specifications

Specifications

2021 Nissan Armada

VEHICLE TYPE
front engine, rear or four wheel drive, 7 or 8 passenger, 4 door wagon

BASE PRICE (C/D IS)
Trim level 1, $49,000

ENGINE TYPE
DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

Displacement
339 inches35552 cm3

Force
400 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque
413 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

TRANSMISSION
7-speed automatic

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 121.1 inches
Length: 208.9 inches
Width: 79.9 inches
Height: 75.8 inches
Passenger volume: 156–157 feet3
Cargo volume: 17 feet3
Combat weight (C/D east): 5700–6000 lbs.

PERFORMANCE (C/D IS)
60 mph: 5.8–5.9 sec
1/4 mile: 14.6–14.7 sec
Top speed: 130 mph

EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D IS)
Combined/City/Highway: 15–16/13–14/18–19 mpg

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