Nissan's first full size sport utility vehicle came in form of Nissan Armada in year 2004 as Pathfinder Armada. Successively Lincoln Navigator from Ford, Cadillac Escalade, Infinity QX65 made their entry. Armada is closer kin to QX80.
Base SV comes with 13 speaker Bose stereo, rear view camera, navigation, dual power seats, SL version adds more to this as leather, power operation for third row seats, a power liftgate 20 inch wheels, while Platinum trim has heated and cooled front seats, seat heaters for second row, sunroof, dual rear seat entertainment screens, also includes driver assist tech which remain optional on SL.
Comes with new small cabin but do provide a luxurious look, has traditional touchscreen with knobs and buttons. Second row has moderate headroom and legroom.
Platinum comes with two captain chairs with removable center console while standard has three person bench. Third row gets more uncomfortable with reduction in upper height and floor length. Cargo space got shrink and is high which makes difficult to load heavy luggage. Ford Expedition provides more cargo space and better third row in same segment.
Armada's 8500 pound tow rating and off road ability remains unmatched with trailer hitch is standard. It provides 9.1 inch ground clearance and skid plate under radiator.
Equipped with revised 5.6 liter V-8 adapting direct fuel injective able to produce 390 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque paired with seven speed automatic transmission now provides a better wider ratio speed. Infiniti provides 400 hp and 413 lb-ft.
Being more heavier to old Titan (by 100 to 300 pounds) Petrol Armada fuel economy did not see significant improvement, even EPG rating remains same. Clocked 6.2 seconds to touch 60 mph. Armada having acoustic windshield and front door glass makes it a silent ride.
Four wheel drive in Armada with steel springs, 20 inch wheels makes better and gripper ride. Driver confidence gets diminished with overboosted steering.
More expensive to Infinity QX80, less off road heroics to Toyota Land Cruiser, it will remain hard for Armada to prove in big SUV segment.