2015 Nissan Armada Review

2015 Nissan Armada

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The very first Nissan Armada was originally launched back in 2003, which was marketed and sold as a 2004-year model. It was one of the few full-sized SUVs that were really designed for rougher terrains and it looks like its successor if following the same path. The newest iteration of the Nissan Armada will feature enhancements in terms of a more powerful engine and improved transmission system, as well as both exterior and interior design. The 2015 Nissan Armada will be based on the Nissan’s new F-Alpha platform, the same platform underpinning the Nissan Titan, Xterra, Frontier, as well as the Pathfinder. The new Nissan Armada looks really promising and we really look forward to seeing it on the streets.

2015 Nissan Armada Side View

Powertrain and Performance of 2015 Nissan Armada

In terms of performance, the new Armada will have a powerful engine under its hood. It will, most likely, be a well-known 5.6-liter Endurance V8 engine, capable of producing 317 horsepower (around 236 kW) and a maximum torque output of 385 pounds-feet (around 522 Nm). The transmission accompanying the engine is a 5-speed automatic, but there are rumors that 7-speed automatic will replace it. The car will be offered in rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive variant and it is up to the buyer to decide.

As far as the fuel economy is concerned, it is rather disappointing, to say the least, even for such a large SUV. The EPA’s fuel economy estimates are 13 mpg in the city, 19 mpg on the highway and 15 mpg combined, given the rear-wheel drive, which is on a very low level. The all-wheel drive offers even worse fuel consumption, with the ratings of 12 mpg in the city, 18 mpg on the highway, for a combined mileage of 14 mpg. The Nissan Armada’s towing capacity, however, beats most of the competitors, with its capability to tow up to 9,000 pounds. Impressive.

2015 Nissan Armada Engine

2015 Nissan Armada Interior Design and Safety Features

2015 Nissan Armada offers plenty of headroom and legroom on front seats and second-row bench, but the legroom on the third-row bench is a bit short, compared to the offerings from other similarly-sized SUVs. The dashboard is very well equipped, with logically laid-out, straightforward and easily-accessible buttons and switches. Cargo space is not that impressive, since the Armada offers only 97 cubic feet of cargo space, with all rear seats folded down. The competitive models offer much more. Feature-wise, the base Nissan Armada will come well equipped, featuring abundance of equipment, such as dual-zone air conditioning, rear climate controls, cloth upholstery, 8-way electric-powered driver seat and a 4-way electric-powered front passenger seat, tilt-only steering wheel.

2015 Nissan Armada Dashboard

As far as the entertainment features are concerned, the new Armada will feature Bluetooth and Wi-Fi phone connectivity, an 8-speaker sound system with a 6-CD charger, satellite radio and USB and auxiliary audio input jacks. The car will come with many safety features as well, including traction and stability control, front seat side-impact and side-curtain airbags, rear parking sensors are standard across entire Armada range, but front parking sensors are available only in the Platinum trim level. Rearview camera is an option in the base trim level.

2015 Nissan Armada Back Seats

Exterior and Trim Levels of new Armada

The 2015 Nissan Armada will feature three trim levels – the base SV, the mid-range SL and the top trim level, the Platinum. Option for RWD and AWD is given across all trim levels, and all can, again optionally, accommodate 7 or 8 passengers, depending on the seating configuration. Exterior wise, the new Armada will feature large, rhomboid-shaped headlights, featuring LED low beams and halogen high beams. The new Armada will feature Nissan’s signature V-Motion grille, with the Nissan’s logo positioned at the center. The front air intake will use most of the space on the front bumper, leaving some room at each side, for fog light holes. Chromium elements are omnipresent and are featured on the grille trim, side mirrors, windows and door handles. The car will be 209 inches long. The base SV model will feature 18-inch alloy wheels, while the 20-inch alloy wheels are reserved for the SL and the Platinum trim levels.

2015 Nissan Armada Exterior

Price

The starting price point for the basic SV trim level, including all the standard equipment is around $49,000, to $53,000. Unfortunately, many of the Armada’s competition are able to outrank it, for the same or similar price and Nissan needs to improve its full-sized SUV as soon as possible.

 

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