The 2014 Nissan Armada offers an available all-wheel drive, 9,000-pound maximum towing capacity, powerful V8 engine, seven- or eight- seating capacity, and foldable third-row seats, among others. It is a good full-size SUV choice for those with big families and towing jobs. However, several vehicles in the class are more fuel-efficient and behave better on the road.
UNDER THE HOOD
Powering the 2014 Nissan Armada is a 5.6-liter V8 engine which makes 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque. It comes with a 5-speed automatic transmission and can go with either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive system.
The 2014 Armada delivers below-average fuel economy for the class. Based on EPA estimates, rear-wheel-drive models return 13 mpg in the city, 19 mpg on highways and 15 mpg combined. All-wheel-drives get lower figures—12 mpg, 18 mpg and 14 mpg, respectively.
ON THE ROAD
The 5.6-liter V8 engine has enough muscle to pull the big Armada around and allow it to pull off quick acceleration. Ride quality is good, but only on smooth pavements. It deteriorates over imperfect roads. This is quite disappointing because several large SUVs in the market ride more smoothly and smother bumps more effectively.
Moreover, steering feels heavy, making the Armada a handful in tight spaces. Test drivers actually recommend that shoppers opt for other full-size SUVs that are easier to drive and deliver better fuel economy.
INSIDE THE 2014 ARMADA
The gauges and the layout of controls in lower trim levels are simple and easy to understand. But the Platinum trim clutters the center stack with too many controls as it equips the Armada with a navigation system.
Front and second-row seats are comfortable enough. There’s generous amount of headroom and legroom both with the standard second-row bench seat and captain’s chairs. The third-row, though, has less legroom than in other full-size SUVs.
The maximum cargo space of the 2014 Armada sits at 97 cubic feet. Although this may sound like a big number, it is still over 10 cubic feet less than what many of its rivals offer.
The 2014 Nissan Armada comes in three trim levels: SV, SL and Platinum. Here are some noteworthy features that come standard in each trim.
SV: 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, rear sonar system, vehicle information system with 7-inch color monitor, Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, 14 beverage holders, cargo tie-down hooks and under-floor storage, 8-way power seats with lumbar support, second-row 40/20/40 split fold-flat bench seat, third-row 60/40 split fold-flat bench seat, cloth upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, satellite radio, 8-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio system, USB/iPod connection, auxiliary audio/video input jacks
SL: 20-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, dual front tow hooks, power liftgate, keyless entry/ignition, rearview monitor, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, power third-row seat, leather upholstery, wood interior trim, 11-speaker Bose audio system
Platinum: 20-inch chrome-clad wheels, power-folding heated side mirrors with puddle lights and turn signals, front sonar system, navigation system with voice recognition, memory system, heated second-row seats, heated steering wheel, entertainment system (includes 7-inch monitors, DVD player, remote control and two wireless headphones)
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