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2019 Nissan Armada

2019 Nissan Armada

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$25,271 — $69,905 NEW and USED
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7-8 Seats
15-16 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Premium cabin materials in uplevel trims
  • 8,500-pound maximum towing capacity
  • Navigation system standard
  • 360-degree camera system available
  • Second-row room

The Bad

  • Second-row bench seat doesn’t slide
  • Snug third-row seat
  • Minimal cargo room behind third row
  • High cargo liftover height
  • Handling
  • Dated multimedia system
2019 Nissan Armada exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Nissan Armada
  • Automatic emergency braking now standard
  • Seats up to eight in three rows
  • 390-hp V-8 standard
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Power-folding third row available

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2019 Nissan Armada Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Fred Meier

The verdict: The Armada full-size SUV is quiet, comfortable (in the first two rows), well-equipped and easy to like, but you’ll have to overlook its dated media tech, tight third row and trucklike handling.

Versus the competition: Despite shortcomings, the Armada delivers luxury, capability and an above-average tow rating at a price well below comparably equipped full-size SUVs from Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota.

Nissan’s Armada was fully redesigned for 2017 and rolls into 2019 with significant updates, including more standard safety and driver-assistance technology. Even so, it’s still much the same as the 2018 model that finished a very strong second to the more expensive Ford Expedition in our 2018 Full-Size SUV Challenge. The Armada also got a small price increase for 2019, though it still undercuts most comparable full-size, body-on-frame SUVs.

The Armada, which shares underpinnings and design with its more expensive Infiniti QX80 corporate sibling, offers a high-quality interior and ample standard features in each of its four trim levels: SV, SL, Platinum and Platinum Reserve. V-8 power and a high towing capacity are standard, and you can get rear- or four-wheel-drive on all of them. The Armada competes with mainstream-brand full-size SUVs, including the Expedition, Chevrolet Tahoe and Toyota Sequoia. Compare features and specs of all four in detail here. Like the Sequoia, the Armada is one-size-fits-all – there’s no stretch version to compete with Chevy’s Suburban or Ford’...

The verdict: The Armada full-size SUV is quiet, comfortable (in the first two rows), well-equipped and easy to like, but you’ll have to overlook its dated media tech, tight third row and trucklike handling.

Versus the competition: Despite shortcomings, the Armada delivers luxury, capability and an above-average tow rating at a price well below comparably equipped full-size SUVs from Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota.

Nissan’s Armada was fully redesigned for 2017 and rolls into 2019 with significant updates, including more standard safety and driver-assistance technology. Even so, it’s still much the same as the 2018 model that finished a very strong second to the more expensive Ford Expedition in our 2018 Full-Size SUV Challenge. The Armada also got a small price increase for 2019, though it still undercuts most comparable full-size, body-on-frame SUVs.

The Armada, which shares underpinnings and design with its more expensive Infiniti QX80 corporate sibling, offers a high-quality interior and ample standard features in each of its four trim levels: SV, SL, Platinum and Platinum Reserve. V-8 power and a high towing capacity are  standard, and you can get rear- or four-wheel-drive on all of them. The Armada competes with mainstream-brand full-size SUVs, including the Expedition, Chevrolet Tahoe and Toyota Sequoia. Compare features and specs of all four in detail here. Like the Sequoia, the Armada is one-size-fits-all – there’s no stretch version to compete with Chevy’s Suburban or Ford’s Expedition Max.

Imposing Outside

The Armada has an imposing look, with a high and wide grille, hefty front bumper, and a high beltline above slab-like sides. I’m not much of a fan of vent trim on front fenders, but in this case it helps break up the mass. A flat roof with a large, crescent-shaped back pillar is a familiar Nissan element, shared with the QX80 and the brand’s global Patrol SUVs. Dark-painted running boards are standard and much appreciated, allowing for semi-graceful entry into the tall Armada, which has just more than 9 inches of ground clearance. All but the base trim get 20-inch alloy wheels, up from the SV’s 18s, which look a little lost on the truck.

Luxury Inside

The interior materials and design of my Platinum Reserve SUV played above its price. There’s a luxury look and feel to the interesting colors, soft-touch and padded surfaces, quality two-tone leather and vinyl coverings, and classy headliner fabric that also wraps the windshield pillars. But even the base, SV interior doesn’t look cheap, with patterned dark gray cloth seats. Materials quality holds up in the second row, though the third row is predictably more Spartan, with more plastic. Seats in the first two rows are wide, comfortable and supportive, albeit without a lot of side bolstering. The cabin is impressively quiet.

My Platinum Reserve test vehicle was a seven-seater with the optional second-row captain’s chairs ($450). If you need eight seats you can go with the standard 60/40-split folding rear seat, even on the top trim level. The seating package includes a center console between the chairs with two useful storage spaces and cupholders, but the tradeoff is it leaves no center aisle for kids to scramble through to get to the third row. The second-row buckets tip forward for third-row access, and while there’s no power tilting feature available, its lever-actuated tip was easy to use with one hand. It opens a reasonable path to a third row that’s surprisingly tight given the Armada’s size.

For starters, the back row seats three if you count the seat belts, but there’s only room for two at best. Legroom is in short supply — just under 30 inches, which is almost 25 percent less than you get in the backseat of a subcompact Nissan Versa Note — and the cushion is low, leaving knees high for adults or teens. The second-row seats don’t slide to allow legroom sharing, and even with the captain’s chairs the console means there’s no space to stretch out legs between the chairs. Headroom is adequate even for a tall adult, however, and a power recline helps comfort. There are four third-row cupholders, but no accessory power (there’s a 12-volt outlet in the cargo area). Still, the Armada’s third row is more accommodating than the Chevy Tahoe’s, even if it’s shamed by the new Ford Expedition’s. That said, if third-row space is your top priority, you might want to skip all these truck-based SUVs in favor of a more space-efficient car-based three-row crossover.

Cabin storage is adequate, with a small bin under the center console armrest, rear console storage and three center console cubbies (two covered) for devices and other items. Unfortunately, those cubbies have hard plastic bottoms that allow small items to rattle when driving on rougher pavement. The front cupholders are sized for cups that match the big SUV, with no grips for smaller diameters. My Starbucks metal go cup rode loosely and often at an angle in the cupholder’s big opening.

Interior Tech Mixes Latest and Dated

Higher trim levels include an expected range of mostly standard luxury features, from seat, steering and mirror memory to a heated steering wheel. Even the base SV includes 13-speaker Bose audio and in-car navigation. Platinum and Platinum Reserve models include a rear entertainment system with dual 8-inch seatback screens, wireless headphones, a DVD player with an HDMI input, and a 120-volt household outlet.

Overall, though, the Armada’s technology is an inconsistent mix of the latest and the dated. That starts with the dashboard’s busy array of old-school buttons and switches. I welcomed the direct access to often-used controls and found them logically arranged, but there are newer designs that similarly manage to avoid touchscreen dependence, but with far less visual clutter and controls with a more upscale feel.

For 2019, higher-trim Armadas get a new video rearview mirror with a big viewing area, as well as a bigger conventional backup mirror when not using the video than many of these new systems. Also helping drivers negotiate the Armada’s 41.3-foot turning diameter is a 360-degree camera system that’s standard on all but the SV.

Sharing the stage with these modern conveniences is an ancient 1990s-style monochrome driver information screen between the gauges and a smallish, rectangular 8-inch touchscreen system in the dashboard that needs more speed, higher resolution and much more up-to-date graphics. The screen position is also a stretch for the driver; it has a knob controller with shortcut buttons that’s closer but still high on the dash, positioned just below the screen itself rather than at hand on the center console. A more sophisticated big-screen system that’s closer to you and has only needed knobs and shortcuts would significantly raise the luxury quotient.

Meanwhile, another juxtaposition of new and old-school is multiple USB ports front and rear, as well as optional wireless phone charging and a newly available Wi-Fi hot spot — but no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto integration, even though Nissan includes them in many models.

Holds a Little, Tows a Lot

As with the small third row, cargo space is less than you might expect given the Armada’s size. Space behind the third row is 16.5 cubic feet — comparable to a Tahoe but less than an Expedition or Sequoia — and the height is substantial. The split, folding third-row seatback — powered on all but the SV — folds down to open up 49.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row. There’s a total of 95.4 cubic feet with all the seatbacks folded. Both those specs are comparable to the Chevy but trail the Ford and Toyota.

The Armada beats them all when it comes to the weight it can tow, with a rating of up to 8,500 pounds. A standard self-leveling rear suspension is a plus for big loads, whether onboard or pulled behind, and the Armada’s big side mirrors and 360-degree camera system aid towing. But some issues arose during Cars.com’s 2018 full-size-SUV towing tests, and the 2019 is virtually the same in regard to towing. You can get full details on our towing evaluation versus the Armada’s closest rivals here.

How It Drives

The standard 5.6-liter V-8 puts out 390 horsepower and 394 pounds-feet of torque — plus a satisfying low-frequency growl when prodded. It’s paired with a seven-speed automatic that shifts smoothly and positively. While the big Armada feels a little heavy off the line, it comes on strong with willing downshifts and plenty of power for on-ramps, merging and passing. The powerful V-8 is thirsty, however, with an EPA rating of 14/19/16 mpg city/highway/combined with rear-wheel drive, 1 mpg less in each category with all-wheel drive. No full-size SUV is a fuel-sipper, but the Armada’s ratings are on the low end, along with the Toyota Sequoia.

The Armada has a very comfortable ride, easily soaking up bumps on broken or uneven pavement. Even so, it exhibits plenty of body motion, and there’s substantial body lean when pushed. Its handling feels noticeably less planted than a similar QX80 I drove. That SUV had Infiniti’s Hydraulic Body Motion Control system, which isn’t available on the Armada. The Armada’s speed-sensitive steering is lighter and more in need of corrections than I would like, but its brakes have a good, linear feel and kept all that mass in a straight line on hard stops.

Rear-wheel drive is standard, and a capable four-wheel-drive system is available. In addition to automatic electronic all-wheel drive, it offers locking four-wheel-drive high and low when you want them for the appropriate conditions or terrain (very low traction or climbing). Drive modes also include Snow and Tow settings.

Safety and Driver Assistance

The standard safety portfolio has expanded for 2019 to include adaptive cruise control and a front collision system with automatic emergency braking. Both were previously standard only on top trim levels, optional on the SL and not available on the SV. That’s still the case for 2019 for lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert.

A new standard safety feature for 2019 is Rear Door Alert, which is meant to help you not forget the laptop (or toddler) you put in the backseat. It warns the driver if a rear door was used at the start of a trip but not accessed again when it ended, including a horn beep if you walk away.

Families with smaller children should note that the Armada got mixed scores in Cars.com’s most recent Car Seat Check. The third row in particular was downgraded for access and child-safety seat issues in our full Car Seat Check here.

The 2019 Armada is rated four stars out of five overall in NHTSA crash testing — equal to the Tahoe’s overall score but short of the Expedition, which was awarded five stars.

Value Is a Core Appeal

Armada pricing is up slightly for 2019, starting at $48,495 for a well-equipped base SV (including a $1,395 destination charge). Add $3,000 for all-wheel drive. It tops out with a loaded all-wheel-drive Platinum Reserve that starts at $64,725. Not cheap, but it undercuts its closest rivals at every trim level with more features and luxury for a lower price — and the widest margin comes at the top.

I found the 2019 Armada to be a comfortable and all-around capable SUV for the price that’s easy to live with in daily driving — as long as you can overlook some rough edges and detail lapses. It’s good at a lot of things, fails at a few and really excels at one: value.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
25 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(5.0)

2019 Nissan Armada - Great SUV!

by HighPoint Insurance from Alexander City, Alabam on July 18, 2020

This SUV has so much room and very luxurious. A little hesitant to give us my Lexus GX but wanted the size of the Armada! No regrets! Read full review

(3.0)

Bugs, issues and more trouble

by Tag 5774 from Columbus Ohio on June 20, 2020

This is my third visit to the dealer In two months with this car. The guys are getting to know me on a first name basis. Nothing else to say. Buy the infinity Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Nissan Armada currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2019 Nissan Armada SV

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

Overall
4 Star
Overall Front
3 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
3 Star
Driver's
2 Star
Passenger's
3 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 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

    N/A

  • 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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