The second-generation Armada is a muscular, lumbering, fuel-chugging SUV. And despite its lavish appointments and comfortable, quiet interior, there’s no masking its old-school traits.

The leather and wood-coated cabin in our Platinum felt more like something from Nissan’s upscale Infiniti division. No surprise, because the Armada is based on the QX80. The layout looks fancy, but it’s a long reach to some of the controls strewn about the button-filled center stack. Connectivity options are limited, with only one USB port for the entire vehicle. Wide front seats provide good long-trip comfort, but the surfboard flatness and slick leather don’t give you much traction. The optional second-row captain’s chairs recline but can’t move fore and aft. The cramped third row is a kids-only zone.

The sweet-sounding V8 moves the hulking Armada with authority, and the seven-speed automatic delivers smooth and responsive shifts. Alas, a paltry 14 mpg overall is the downside. Tow capacity is rated at a beefy 8,500 pounds. Slow steering and a top-heavy sensation make the Armada feel klutzy through corners, though it’s ultimately secure. The Nissan soaks up harsh hits with ease, but its soft suspension can cause occupants to sway side to side like they’re on a vessel in a rough sea.

Forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard on the Platinum or as part of the Technology option package.

Read the complete Nissan Armada road test.

2017 Nissan Armada Review

HIGHS: Smooth and powerful drivetrain, quietness, towing capacity, fit and finish
LOWS: Agility, unsettled ride, fuel economy
POWERTRAIN: 390-hp, 5.6-liter V8 engine; 7-speed automatic transmission; four-wheel drive
FUEL: 14 mpg
PRICE AS TESTED: $63,020


Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the May 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.