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This less expensive version of the Infiniti QX80 is powered by a slick and powerful 390-hp, 5.6-liter V8. We got a paltry 14 mpg overall, however. Though the soft suspension absorbs bumps well, the body jostles frequently. Handling is clumsy, with slow steering and pronounced body roll, but it's ultimately secure. Inside, the spacious cabin has a premium feel, particularly in Platinum trim. Controls are a bit dated, and it's a long reach to some buttons and knobs. Seven- or eight-passenger seating configurations are available, and the third row can power fold and unfold. Advanced safety systems such as forward-collision warning with automatic braking and blind-spot warning are part of the technology package. Available in rear-wheel or full-time four-wheel drive, the Armada can tow a generous 8,500 pounds.

Road Test

The hulking second-generation Nissan Armada is very much a clone of the highbrow Infiniti QX80, a full-sized luxury three-row SUV that has been on sale since 2010. Even though it’s about $20,000 less expensive, the Nissan cedes practically nothing to...

Highs

  • Smooth and powerful engine
  • Plush interior

Lows

  • Clumsy handling
  • Jostles over bumps

Best Version to Get

Even the base SV model comes with standard heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. Moving up to the SL brings standard heated mirrors. And going all-out with the top trim Platinum gets you vented front seats, heated second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel. The Platinum t...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 5.6-liter V8 (390 hp)

Ratings

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Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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