This large, truck-based SUV has an independent rear suspension and seating for eight. The Armada is powered by a smooth-revving and lively, if noisy, 5.6-liter V8 engine coupled with a slick five-speed automatic. Fuel economy, at 13 mpg overall, is abysmal. The Armada is quick but unrefined. Handling is relatively responsive for such a hulking brute, but the ride is quite stiff. Interior quality is so-so, and the fact that this design dates back to 2003 is evident in many places. It is difficult for children to reach the high-mounted exterior rear-door handles. Rear cargo space and towing capacity are generous. A 2017 redesign with more power and a seven-speed automatic will debut this fall.