2017 Nissan Armada

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$44,900–$60,490 MSRP range

Key Specs of the 2017 Nissan Armada

Armada base trim shown

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

Our Take

The good

  • Premium cabin materials (Platinum trim)
  • 8,500-pound maximum towing capacity
  • Standard navigation system
  • Available 360-degree camera
  • Second-row room

The bad

  • Second-row bench seat doesn't slide
  • Snug third-row seat
  • Minimal cargo room behind third row
  • High cargo lift over height
  • Handling
  • Fuel economy
  • Outdated multimedia system
2017 Nissan Armada exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2017 Nissan Armada

  • Redesigned for 2017
  • Seats up to eight in three rows
  • 390-hp V-8 engine standard
  • RWD or 4WD
  • Power-folding third-row seat available
  • Collision warning with automatic braking available

2017 Nissan Armada Road Test

Jennifer Geiger

The Armada skipped the 2016 model year and is back for 2017 with shapelier styling, a more upscale interior, a revised powertrain, and additional safety and convenience features. Click here to compare the models side by side. It competes against other three-row behemoths like the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia; compare them here.

Exterior & Styling

I rode in the previous-generation Armada to a trailhead on a hiking trip in Utah, and the boxy, rugged-looking SUV was at home wearing a mantle of dust and dirt, crawling over rocks in the desert. In what I can only assume was an effort to give the Armada a more upscale look (similar to the Infiniti QX80 on which it’s based) and increase its appeal to a wider base, Nissan has softened the SUV’s edges and turned it into a lumpy, oddly shaped Project Runway fail.

The front end is its best side; its stout, stern face resembles the brand’s other trucks. Things get slippery after that, with awkwardly placed curves and swooping angles replacing the previous model’s crisp lines and sharper, truckier silhouette.

How It Drives

In terms of ride, bump absorption is decent, but you probably won’t notice because the Armada’s handling is a roller-coaster ride of dips and bobs, lurches and lunges. Sweeping curves are a glaring weakness; it rolls through corners with an unsettling, tippy lean. It doesn’t feel planted on the highway, either, due to vague, numb steering that’s prone ... Read more

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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Latest Reviews

(4.0)

Nice suv but very overpriced

by Young on February 21, 2018

I think it is very well made, but a cheaper looking version of the infinity’s qx80. Unfortunately it is still pricey even for the base model. If the gas price go up, expect the value of this high pri... Read full review

(5.0)

Show stopper looks

by Janettrusler from Melbourne florida on January 30, 2018

Traded in an Escalade for the 2017 Armada. Hesitant about the two tone paint and wheel well trim. Seeemd dated. .. . until I found that the metallic gray has matching body and wheel well trim paint co... Read full review

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