I did what you are doing now...
January 22, 2014
For several months, I did what you are doing right now - Researching, Comparing, Reading Reviews.
Afterwards, I bought a 2013 Armada with the Platinum Reserve Package. So I will naturally feel good about my purchase. But here’s what my experience has been thus far:
This model is a fantastic value and comparable to its Infinity cousin. The amazingly spacious interior is a mobile living room, including plush leather, fatigue reducing seat design, TV's w/ wireless headphones, heated front and second row captain’s chairs, a user friendly Navigation/IPod/XM, along with heated steering wheel and easy third row access with the touch of a finger. The third row lays down with the push of a button. But even with it up, you'll find ample room & storage behind the third row and elsewhere to put everyday items.
The exterior is both classy and sporty. The blacked out chrome on this package is a great look.
It handles very well. Good pickup when needed. Very smooth ride at cruising speeds. But I'm also able to feel the road, which I tend to prefer over something that just floats. You sit high above the road and feel very much in control. You'll notice it will take a bit more brake pressure to a stop, but you get used to it. The front and rear sensors are a great asset when parking.
Gas Mileage is what you would guess. It will guzzle, especially in the city. Highway is a bit more efficient and digestible. I tend to fill it up at half or quarter tank just to curb the fill up costs. But you don't get this car for the gas mileage.
After almost a month, I love ours more and more. I feel this model Armada is even nicer than some of its more expensive counterparts. You'll be King of the Road and your family will be in the lap of luxury. I see an awful lot of used Suburbans, Tahoes, & Yukons. But you won’t see many used Armada’s. I assume because the people who bought them still own them’for a reason. I’m convinced you won't find a nicer full size SUV at this price. I hope this helps! Thanks.