Nissan launched its full-size Armada sport utility vehicle for 2004. The Armada is related to Nissan's Titan pickup truck.
For 2007, the Armada's standard 5.6-liter V-8 gets a nominal power boost thanks to better airflow. It's also newly equipped to run on either regular or ethanol-based E85 fuel.
Dual-zone automatic climate control and a 60/40-split, folding third-row seat are standard, and the Armada's stereo can play MP3 CDs. A Tow Package is standard on the SE Off-Road model.
Manufactured in Mississippi, the Armada is offered with rear- or four-wheel drive in SE, SE Off-Road and upscale LE versions. Towing capacity is as much as 9,100 pounds when properly equipped.
Despite its large dimensions, the Armada displays a kinship to other Nissan SUVs. Built on a long, 123.2-inch wheelbase, the SUV is 206.9 inches long overall.
Running boards and heated power mirrors are standard. A body-colored grille appears on SE models and a chrome version leads the LE. Armadas have an independent rear suspension, which is uncommon for body-on-frame vehicles.
Depending on the seating arrangement, either seven or eight occupants can fit inside the Armada. Flat-folding second- and third-row seats are standard, and second-row captain's chairs are available. Folding down the front passenger seat yields space for items up to 10 feet long.
Seton leather seating surfaces are standard in the LE. Privacy glass is used for the rear liftgate and the second- and third-row side windows. Flip-out rear quarter windows are powered on the LE.
A DVD-based entertainment system and Nissan's navigation system are optional. Adjustable brake and gas pedals are standard. Standard rear sonar sensors warn of nearby objects while the vehicle is backing up.
Under the Hood
Nissan's Endurance 5.6-liter V-8 develops 317 horsepower and 385 pounds-feet of torque, a 12-hp increase over last year's model. The engine works with a five-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel-drive models have a two-speed transfer case with 4-Low and Auto 4x4 technology.
Side curtain airbags help protect occupants in all three rows. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags are standard in the LE and SE Off-Road. A standard electronic stability system includes traction control. A tire pressure monitoring system is also standard.