• Excellent V-8 engine
  • Impressive towing capacity
  • Low-range four-wheel drive
  • Trucklike driving experience
  • Dismal fuel economy
SUM UP An old-school SUV.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Armada in 2013

The new Platinum Package includes twenty-inch wheels, chocolate/almond leather upholstery, and dark satin chrome accents. A USB port is standard on all models, Bluetooth is standard on SLs, and a power passenger seat is standard on SVs. There are five new paint colors: midnight garnet, graphite blue, gun metallic, pearl white, and Java metallic...more

Overview

The Armada is something of a rarity in new-car lots: a truck-based, eight-passenger SUV. Large SUVs aren’t as popular as they were a decade ago, but the Armada does some things that other vehicles can’t. It easily takes on unpaved terrain, thanks to a tough truck chassis and beefy low-range four-wheel drive, and it can tow up to 9000 pounds. The three-row cabin isn’t quite as cavernous as the exterior dimensions suggest, but 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, 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, and a rear-seat DVD player. The sole powertrain is a stout 5.6-liter V-8 and a five-speed automatic transmission, with rear- or four-wheel drive. Four-wheel-drive models have a low-range mode with crawl ratios for extreme towing or off-roading. 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.

Safety

Front, front side, and side curtain air bags are standard, as are stability and traction control, ABS with brake assist, and a tire-pressure monitoring system.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Nissan Armada

  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Ford Expedition
  • GMC Yukon
  • Toyota Sequoia

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2013 Armada Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Rear Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Auto On Headlights
  • Compass
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Trunk/Liftgate
  • Power Trunk Pulldown
  • Power Windows
  • Vehicle Information Center

Exterior

  • Privacy Glass
  • Roof Rail
  • Side Steps

Interior

  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

Safety

  • Adjustable Pedals
  • Auto Day/Night Mirror
  • Brake Assist
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Fog Lights
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear View Camera
  • Stability Control
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Third row seat

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • iPod Connector
  • Satellite Radio

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • Homelink Universal Transmitter

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy Wheels
  • Full Spare Tire

Trucks and Towing

  • Tow Hooks
  • Trailer Harness
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