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By Cars.com Staff
June 24, 2011
The Armada is a full-size SUV that can carry up to eight people in three rows. The Armada comes in SV, SL and Platinum trim levels, and its competitors include the Toyota Sequoia and Chevrolet Tahoe.
New for 2012
Minor changes include the addition of a power liftgate and heated front seats on SL models. Platinum trims gain second-row heated seats.
There is a distinct slope to the roofline behind the second-row seats, breaking up what would otherwise be a conventional SUV shape. There are also standard chrome roof rails. Exterior features include:
18- or 20-inch wheels
Standard running boards
Standard power side mirrors that can be heated and folded
Optional integrated turn signals for side mirrors
Optional fog lamps
Optional power liftgate
The Armada can seat up to eight people. Interior features include:
Cloth or leather seating
Available faux wood or metal trim
Standard dual-zone automatic climate control, plus rear controls
Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
Standard eight-way power driver's seat
Optional power passenger seat
Optional navigation system with XM traffic information
Optional heated steering wheel
Optional heated front seats
Optional Bose stereo with hard drive
Optional backseat entertainment system
Optional Bluetooth connectivity
Under the Hood
The Armada has only one powertrain offering, a V-8, and it comes with a standard five-speed automatic transmission. The SUV is available with rear- or four-wheel drive and has a maximum towing capacity of 9,000 pounds when properly equipped. Mechanical features include:
Standard 317-horsepower, 5.6-liter V-8 with 385 pounds-feet of torque
Standard five-speed automatic transmission
Standard speed-sensitive power steering
Optional auto-leveling rear suspension
Safety features include:
Standard side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags that cover all three rows of seats
Standard antilock brakes with brake assist
Standard electronic stability system and traction control
Standard rear parking sensors
Optional backup camera
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