2008 Nissan Armada

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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.

Model Lineup
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.

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  • Name SE (2WD 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 35500.00 Engine 5.6L/339 City/Hwy MPG 12/18
  • Name SE (2WD 4dr FFV) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 35500.00 Engine 5.6L/339 City/Hwy MPG 12/18
  • Name LE (2WD 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 42000.00 Engine 5.6L/339 City/Hwy MPG 12/18
  • Name LE (2WD 4dr FFV) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 42000.00 Engine 5.6L/339 City/Hwy MPG 12/18
  • Name SE (4WD 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 38300.00 Engine 5.6L/339 City/Hwy MPG 12/17
  • Name SE (4WD 4dr FFV) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 38300.00 Engine 5.6L/339 City/Hwy MPG 12/17
  • Name LE (4WD 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 44800.00 Engine 5.6L/339 City/Hwy MPG 12/17
  • Name LE (4WD 4dr FFV) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 44800.00 Engine 5.6L/339 City/Hwy MPG 12/17
  • Front bucket seats-inc: 8-way pwr driver seat w/manual lumbar, fold-flat manual passenger seat
  • 2nd row 40/20/40 fold-flat split bench seat
  • 3rd row 60/40 fold-flat split bench seat
  • Cloth seating surfaces
  • Center console-inc: laptop storage, CD changer, (2) cup holders, specialized storage for pens, tissue, CDs
  • Tilt steering column
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel w/audio & cruise controls
  • Instrumentation-inc: speedometer, tachometer, oil temp gauge, fuel gauge, PRND-4-3-2-1 display, oil pressure gauge, 7" color display
  • Rear proximity sensors (reverse sonar)
  • Pwr windows w/auto up & down, illuminated switches
  • Pwr door locks w/illuminated switches
  • Engine immobilizer system
  • Security alarm system
  • Remote keyless entry w/remote windows down
  • Delayed pwr retention
  • Dual zone auto air conditioning
  • Rear air conditioning w/front/rear controls
  • Rear heater duct
  • Rear glass defroster
  • AM/FM stereo w/in-dash 6-CD/MP3 player-inc: (8) speakers, radio data system (RDS), dual media playback, satellite radio pre-wiring
  • Glass & diversity antennae
  • Rear seat audio controls
  • Digital clock
  • (4) 12V DC pwr outlets
  • Day/night rearview mirror
  • Dual illum visor vanity mirrors
  • Overhead console w/compass-inc: multiple storage bins for sunglasses, CD/DVD, etc.
  • Interior lighting-inc: (6) overhead dome lights
  • Front bucket seats-inc: 8-way pwr driver seat w/manual lumbar, fold-flat 6-way pwr passenger seat
  • Leather seating surfaces (1st & 2nd rows)
  • Transmission fluid temp gauge
  • Front sonar
  • Rear view monitor
  • Memory settings for driver seat, pedals, outside mirrors
  • Intelligent Key keyless entry & starting system
  • HomeLink universal transceiver
  • AM/FM stereo w/in-dash 6-CD/MP3 player-inc: radio data system (RDS), dual media playback
  • XM satellite radio
  • Bose audio system-inc: 256-watt amp, (11) speakers, subwoofer
  • Wood interior trim
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror
  • Interior lighting-inc: (6) overhead dome lights, footwell lamps
  • Roof rack w/crossbars
  • Lower body step rails
  • Halogen headlights
  • Chrome pwr heated outside mirrors
  • UV-reducing solar glass windshield
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Flip-out rear quarter windows
  • Manual rear liftgate w/flip-up glass
  • Speed-sensitive variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Rear intermittent wiper
  • Chrome door handles
  • Chrome grille w/black mesh insert
  • Halogen fog lamps
  • Pwr rear liftgate w/flip-up glass
  • 5.6L DOHC 32-valve Endurance V8 engine
  • 5-speed automatic transmission-inc: tow/haul mode
  • Vehicle dynamics control system (VDC)
  • 2-wheel limited slip (ABLS)
  • Rear wheel drive
  • 4-wheel independent suspension
  • Front/rear stabilizer bar
  • P265/70R18 BSW tires
  • Full size spare tire
  • 18" x 8" 5-spoke aluminum alloy wheels
  • Engine speed-sensitive pwr steering
  • 4-wheel disc brakes
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
  • 5.6L DOHC 32-valve Endurance V8 flexible fuel (E85 compatible) engine
  • HD battery
  • Auto leveling rear suspension
  • P265/60R20 BSW tires
  • 20" x 8" 6-spoke aluminum alloy wheels
  • 2-speed transfer case w/4-Low & auto 4x4
  • 4-wheel limited slip (ABLS)
  • All-Mode 4-wheel drive
  • Dual front tow hooks
  • Oil pan skid plate
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
    • Electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
    • Driver & front passenger dual stage airbags -inc: occupant sensor
    • Roof-mounted side-impact curtain airbags for all rows
    • Front seat belts w/pretensioners & load limiters
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
    • Vehicle dynamics control system (VDC)
    • Front seat-mounted side-impact airbags

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