2005 Nissan Armada

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Key Specs

of the 2005 Nissan Armada. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Interior space
  • Cargo room
  • Standard rear backup sensors
  • Standard three-row side-curtain airbags

The Bad

  • Instrument layout
  • Decreased visibility due to thick pillars
  • Difficult entry and exit

Notable Features of the 2005 Nissan Armada

  • 305-hp, 5.6-liter V-8
  • Long-wheelbase layout
  • Seven- or eight-passenger seating
  • RWD or 4WD
  • Standard adjustable pedals

2005 Nissan Armada Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Nissan launched a full-size sport utility vehicle for 2004. Named the Pathfinder Armada, the new SUV was related to Nissan's recently introduced Titan pickup truck.

Jed Connelly, Nissan senior vice president of sales and marketing, promised the Pathfinder Armada would deliver "class-leading room, power, safety features and utility." During 2004, the name was changed to, simply, Armada.

Enhancements are minor for 2005. A power rear liftgate has been added to the SE Sunroof Package, and a Rearview Monitor is included in the Technology group. Front active head restraints and seat belt pretensioners are now standard. SE and LE models gain equipment that was previously part of the Upgrade Package.

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 9,100 pounds.


Exterior
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 chromed version leads the LE. Puddle lamps appear on the LE model. Armadas have an independent rear suspension.


Interior
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 standard or optional depending on the mode...
Vehicle Overview
Nissan launched a full-size sport utility vehicle for 2004. Named the Pathfinder Armada, the new SUV was related to Nissan's recently introduced Titan pickup truck.

Jed Connelly, Nissan senior vice president of sales and marketing, promised the Pathfinder Armada would deliver "class-leading room, power, safety features and utility." During 2004, the name was changed to, simply, Armada.

Enhancements are minor for 2005. A power rear liftgate has been added to the SE Sunroof Package, and a Rearview Monitor is included in the Technology group. Front active head restraints and seat belt pretensioners are now standard. SE and LE models gain equipment that was previously part of the Upgrade Package.

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 9,100 pounds.


Exterior
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 chromed version leads the LE. Puddle lamps appear on the LE model. Armadas have an independent rear suspension.


Interior
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 standard or optional depending on the model. 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 305 horsepower and 385 pounds-feet of torque. It works with a five-speed-automatic transmission. Four-wheel-drive models have a two-speed transfer case with 4-Low and Auto 4x4 technology.

Safety
Side curtain-type airbags help protect occupants in all three rows. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags are standard in the LE and SE Off-Road. Nissan's Vehicle Dynamic Control electronic stability system includes traction control. A tire-pressure monitor is standard.

Driving Impressions
Because it's built on the same platform as the Titan pickup, the Armada's trucklike ride quality isn't too surprising. On the whole, this SUV doesn't feel quite as solid as the Titan. The Armada is pleasantly quiet and emits only minimal truck sounds.

Steering is relatively light, and the Armada handles a tad loosely for a truck-based model. But it steers capably enough and maneuvers with reasonable confidence in turns. Performance is strong but not exceptional.

Second-row legroom is abundant. Getting in and out requires a bit of a climb, but the running boards help. The driver enjoys a comfortably cushioned seat.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.0)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

What Drivers Are Saying

(3.0)

Overall good, just bought one that's too old

by amore07 on July 24, 2018

Overall I loved this car but we just got a bad deal on one that was 13 years old. So the lines started to rust out underneath. If it was in the budget, I would have bought a newer version of this. ... Read full review

(5.0)

My 2005 has 200K miles with $71 in total repairs

by Sandy on November 2, 2017

The 2005-7 Armada has to be the most reliable SUV ever built. My water pump went out at 170K miles, I replaced it myself in an hour for $71, now with a lifetime autozone warranty. I've done the usual ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2005 Nissan Armada currently has 5 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Armada received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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