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2009 Nissan Armada

$6,134 — $16,954 USED
Sport Utility
7-8 Seats
15 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 3 reviews

The Good

  • 9,100-pound towing capacity
  • Optional rear-seat entertainment system
  • Optional heated steering wheel

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Reliability

What to Know

about the 2009 Nissan Armada
  • Standard 317-hp V-8
  • Seven or eight seats
  • Standard stability system
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Newly available 20-inch wheels

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The Armada and its sibling, the Infiniti QX, are full-size SUVs that can carry up to eight passengers. It comes in SE and LE trim levels, and competitors include the Toyota Sequoia and GMC Yukon.

New for 2009
There are no significant changes to the 2009 Nissan Armada; it was redesigned for the 2008 model year.

Exterior
Built on a long, 123.2-inch wheelbase, the Armada is 206.9 inches long and 78.8 inches wide, which makes it longer and narrower than the Sequoia and Yukon.
  • 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (standard on SE)
  • 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (standard on LE)
  • 20-inch chrome-clad wheels (optional on LE)
  • Standard running boards
  • Standard power heated mirrors
  • Power folding mirrors with integrated turn signals (optional on LE)
  • Optional fog lamps (standard on LE)
  • Optional power liftgate (standard on LE)


Interior
Depending on the seating arrangement, either seven or eight people can fit inside the Armada — eight with a second-row bench seat or seven with second-row captain's chairs. Folding down the front passenger seat yields space for items up to 10 feet long. Overall, there's 188.4 cubic feet of passenger volume, and 20 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. With the second and third row folded, the cargo space grows to 97.1 cubic feet, which is less than its competitors.
  • Cloth or leather seating
  • Faux wood or metal trim
  • Standard dual-zone climate control with rear controls
  • Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
  • Standar...
Vehicle Overview
The Armada and its sibling, the Infiniti QX, are full-size SUVs that can carry up to eight passengers. It comes in SE and LE trim levels, and competitors include the Toyota Sequoia and GMC Yukon.

New for 2009
There are no significant changes to the 2009 Nissan Armada; it was redesigned for the 2008 model year.

Exterior
Built on a long, 123.2-inch wheelbase, the Armada is 206.9 inches long and 78.8 inches wide, which makes it longer and narrower than the Sequoia and Yukon.
  • 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (standard on SE)
  • 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (standard on LE)
  • 20-inch chrome-clad wheels (optional on LE)
  • Standard running boards
  • Standard power heated mirrors
  • Power folding mirrors with integrated turn signals (optional on LE)
  • Optional fog lamps (standard on LE)
  • Optional power liftgate (standard on LE)


Interior
Depending on the seating arrangement, either seven or eight people can fit inside the Armada — eight with a second-row bench seat or seven with second-row captain's chairs. Folding down the front passenger seat yields space for items up to 10 feet long. Overall, there's 188.4 cubic feet of passenger volume, and 20 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. With the second and third row folded, the cargo space grows to 97.1 cubic feet, which is less than its competitors.
  • Cloth or leather seating
  • Faux wood or metal trim
  • Standard dual-zone climate control with rear controls
  • Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
  • Standard eight-way power driver seat
  • Optional power passenger seat (standard on LE)
  • Optional GPS with voice recognition
  • Optional heated steering wheel
  • Optional Bose audio system and hard drive
  • Optional rear DVD entertainment system


Under the Hood
The Armada has only one powertrain offering, a V-8, and comes with a standard automatic transmission. A flex-fuel option allows the engine to burn E85 ethanol in addition to gas (not available in all states). The vehicle is available in rear- or four-wheel drive and has a maximum towing capacity of 9,100 pounds when properly equipped.
  • 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 suspension (standard on LE)


Safety
Safety features include:
  • Standard front, side-impact and side curtain airbags, which cover three rows of seats
  • Standard antilock brakes with brake assist
  • Standard electronic stability system and traction control
  • Standard rear backup sensor, optional front sensor
  • Optional rearview camera


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
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Reliability
(4.0)
Value For The Money
(4.0)
(5.0)

Most reliable car ive owned

by Lexy33 from Rapid city south dakota on July 13, 2017

This car met all of my needs and exactly what i was looking for as to being reliable for me and my family. It has extra room and seating as well which is always a plus with a big family Read full review

(5.0)

Great for the Family!

by OC-longdriver from Nebraska on November 11, 2011

Prior to the arrival of baby #2, we decided to get something with more features and a bit larger than our Pilot. Thought we had settled on the Infiniti QX56 until we spotted this silver LE on the ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 Nissan Armada currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2009 Nissan Armada SE

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall Rollover Rating
3 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
4 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Nissan

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    84 months/100,000 miles from original new-car in-service date

  • Powertrain

    84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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