What Changed for 2008:
- Exterior facelift
- Revised interior
- Available 20-inch wheels
- New Music Box 9.3-gigabyte hard-drive radio
- Bluetooth hands-free cell phone link newly offered
- Navigation system now offered with real-time traffic
- New Intelligent Key keyless starting
- New optional power-folding third-row seat
Nissan introduced the Pathfinder Armada full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) for the 2004 model year and simplified the name to Armada the next year. Armada shares its platform with the Nissan Titan pickup and is a sister to the Infiniti Qx56. Rear-wheel drive is standard and 4-wheel drive (4WD) is offered. Standard seating is for 8 with second- and third-row split bench seats that fold flat. Second-row bucket seats are available for 7-passenger capacity with a center walkthrough. Nissan adds technology features for 2008 and says it has revised the Armada's interior to be more refined and luxurious.
Nissan offers the Armada in SE and LE trim, each with rear-wheel drive or 4WD. Standard on SE are 18-inch alloy wheels; automatic headlights; cloth upholstery; fold-flat front passenger seat; reclining and folding second-row bench seat; split folding third-row bench seat; AM/FM stereo with 6-disc CD player; automatic climate control; and power-adjustable pedals. LE models add a self-leveling rear air suspension; 20-inch alloy wheels; fog lights; leather upholstery; heated front seats; second-row bucket seats; Music Box hard-drive radio with XM satellite radio; Nissan's Intelligent Key; power rear liftgate; and seat-mounted side-impact air bags. Available options include a rearview camera; Bluetooth hands-free cell phone link; navigation system; power-folding third-row seat; heated steering wheel; sunroof; towing package; and a rear DVD entertainment system.
The Armada has one engine and transmission combination. Its 5.6-liter V-8 engine produces 317 hp and 385 lb.-ft. of torque. The Armada can be ordered as a flexible fuel vehicle (FFV), so it can run on gasoline or E85, which is a mixture of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. The transmission is a 5-speed automatic with a tow/haul mode. EPA fuel economy is estimated at 12 mpg city/18 mpg highway with rear-wheel drive, and 12 mpg city/17 mpg highway with 4WD. The 4WD is a full-time system that can be driven on dry pavement and includes a 2-speed transfer case for low-range gearing. Nissan's powertrain warranty is 5 years or 60,000 miles. Anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction control and stability control are standard. Double wishbone independent suspension is found at all four corners, and an automatic air rear leveling system is offered. The maximum towing capacity is 9100 pounds.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in frontal impacts the Nissan Armada receives a 4-star rating for the driver and a 5-star rating for the front passenger. It receives a 3-star rating for rollover resistance, and has not been tested for side-impact crashes. Four air bags are standard: dual fronts and side curtains that cover all three seating rows and include rollover deployment. Seat-mounted front side-impact air bags are optional. Other standard safety features include ABS with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution, traction control, stability control, tire-pressure monitor, active front head restraints, and rear obstacle detection. Front obstacle detection and a rearview camera are optional.
Nissan's available Music Box hard-drive radio has 9.3 gigabytes of disk space to hold music files. Files can be ripped directly from CDs. The navigation system is also hard-drive based. It is offered with XM NavTraffic, which reports real-time traffic conditions. A Bluetooth hands-free cell phone link allows cell phone calls to be played over the vehicle's speakers. Nissan's Intelligent Key has a proximity sensor so you don't need to unlock the vehicle as you approach it. It also allows for keyless starting with the fob in your pocket or purse.