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2012 Nissan Armada SL SUV

2012 Nissan Armada Review

(0 Stars)  An old-school SUV.

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Overview
The Armada is something of a rarity in new-car lots: a truck-based, eight-passenger SUV. Although large SUVs are not as popular as they once were, there are still buyers who need the strength and versatility of just such a vehicle. The Armada can tackle unpaved terrain thanks to a tough truck chassis and beefy low-range four-wheel drive. It can also tow up to 9000 pounds. A third-row seat is standard. Although the cabin isn't quite as cavernous as the exterior dimensions suggest, space is plentiful. The quality of some interior materials is wanting, but the space can be dressed up with optional wood trim and leather. The Armada comes with such standard items as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, eighteen-inch wheels, automatic headlights, a power driver's seat, an eight-speaker sound system, and power-adjustable pedals. The lengthy options list includes push-button start, a power liftgate, Bluetooth, touch-screen navigation, a rear-seat DVD player, and twenty-inch wheels. The sole powertrain is a stout 5.6-liter V-8 and a five-speed automatic transmission, with either rear- or four-wheel drive. Rear-wheel-drive models get 1 extra mpg, but with a beast this thirsty, that's a negligible improvement. Four-wheel-drive models have a low-range mode with crawl ratios for extreme towing or off-roading needs. Compared with its rivals, the big Nissan drives more like a truck and less like a luxury machine. It is, however, still a worthy choice if you need to haul a big family, travel through the woods, and tow a boat--all at the same time.

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2012 Armada SL Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 5.6L V eight-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 13 MPG city, 19 MPG highway, 15 MPG combined and 420 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
28.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 317 hp @ 5,200 rpm; 385 ft lb of torque @ 3,400 rpm

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'12 Nissan SL SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
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Rear Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Roof Rail
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Side Steps
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Adjustable Pedals
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Limited Slip Differential
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Parking Distance Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
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Third row seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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Full Spare Tire
  Trucks and Towing  
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Tow Hooks
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Trailer Harness
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Trailer Hitch
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