Nissan Armada Road Test
Essentially a mainstream version of the Infiniti QX80, the redesigned 2017 Nissan Armada is available in rear- and four-wheel-drive configurations. The updated 5.6-liter V8 now makes 390 horsepower. Inside, Nissan focused on giving the spacious interior a premium feeling. A variety of seating configurations are available, allowing seven or eight passengers to fit. Advanced safety systems such as forward-collision warning, auto emergency braking, and blind-spot warning come as part of the optional technology package. One of the biggest needs was an improvement over the old Armada's 13 mpg overall fuel economy. The similar Infiniti QX80 returned 15 mpg overall in our tests. Towing capacity is rated at 8,500 pounds.
All cars come with basic warranty coverage, also known as a bumper-to-bumper warranty. This protects consumers against unexpected problems with non-wear items. Powertrain warranty protects against engine and transmission troubles. Rust through, or corrosion warranty, covers rust to non-damaged components. Roadside aid provides on-location assistance in case of a breakdown and may include limited towing services.
Extended warranties provide peace of mind. Owners of models known to have worse-than-average predicted reliability can mitigate risks with an extended warranty. Generally, we recommend buying a model with better-than-average reliability and skipping this expensive add on. If you do buy an extended warranty, it is key to read the small print to understand what is covered and where you can bring the car for repairs.