2013 Nissan Armada Preview

Jeff Youngs | Mar 04, 2013
FAST FACTS
  • New Platinum Reserve package
  • Dual 7-inch headrest system added to Platinum models
  • Slide-on-rod sunvisors standard on all models
  • Power passenger seat standard on SV models
  • USB and VTR jack standard on all models
  • Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System standard on SV models
  • Five new colors: Midnight Garnet, Graphite Blue, Gun Metallic, Pearl White, and Java Metallic

Introduction

The Nissan Armada is a truck-based, full-size SUV, capable of towing 9,100 lbs. with proper equipment. It can accommodate up to eight occupants, in three rows of seating, and is available in 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive. The Armada's platform is the same as the Nissan Titan, the Nissan Xterra, Nissan Frontier, and Nissan Pathfinder. It competes with large SUVs such as the Chevrolet Suburban and the Toyota Sequoia. The Armada is available in three trim levels: SV, SL, and Platinum.

Exterior Features

The base SV trim features 18-inch alloy wheels and rear parking sensors. Four-wheel drive adds fog lights and a power liftgate, which are also standard on the SL trim. The SL also adds 20-inch alloy wheels, auto-leveling rear air suspension, keyless ignition and entry, and a roof rack. The Platinum model adds chrome cladding to the wheels and includes power exterior mirrors, a sunroof, and front parking sensors.

Interior Features

Standard on the SV trim are a 7-inch vehicle information system with color monitor, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear climate control, power accessories including a power driver's seat, flip-out rear quarter windows, remote keyless entry, cruise control, variable intermittent speed-sensitive wipers, dual front map lights, second- and third-row reading lights, 10 cup holders, and multiple storage pockets and compartments. Second row features 40/20/40 fold-flat bench seat with tip-up easy entry for third row, which features a 60/40 split flat-folding bench seat. An 8-speaker sound system provides entertainment. Four-wheel drive upgrades the sound system to an 11-speaker Bose model, and adds Bluetooth connectivity and a rearview camera. The SL trim also includes those features, plus leather upholstery with heated front seats and a power-folding third row. The Platinum trim adds a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation system, heated second-row seats, and other enhancements. With space maximized, cargo capacity is 97 cu. ft.

Optional Features

The new Platinum Reserve package, available with the Platinum trim, adds 20-inch dark chrome wheels, dark chrome grille and outside mirrors, premium grade two-tone Chocolate/Almond leather-appointed seating, and dark satin chrome interior accents. Second-row captain's chairs with center console are available, and many of the upper-trim features are available on lower trims levels. Optional accessories include seat belt extenders, illuminated ash cup, carpeted floor, floor mats, cargo protectors and mats, emergency kits, hood protector, moonroof wind deflector, taillight guards, tent, Class III hitch ball and hitch ball mount, Class IV hitch ball mount, telescoping tow mirrors, vehicle cover, wheel locks, vehicle cover lock, license plate frames, and logoed valve stem caps.

Under the Hood

The Nissan Armada's power plant consists of a 5.6-liter V-8 engine that delivers 317 horsepower and 385 lb.-ft. of torque. It works with a 5-speed automatic transmission; the 4-wheel-drive models employ dual-range gearing.

Fuel Economy

Fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Nissan Armada as rated the EPA are:
  • Armada 2-wheel drive: 13/19/15 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Armada 4-wheel drive: 12/18/14 mpg

Safety

Standard are antilock disc brakes, traction control, front side air bags, and side curtain air bags. The Nissan Advanced Air Bag System incorporates seat belt sensors and an occupant-classification sensor to inflate the dual-stage supplemental front air bags according to crash severity and seat belt usage. Armada also has front side-impact supplemental air bags built into the seat. Roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags add protection in the event of a side-impact rollover. In government crash tests, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2012 Nissan Armada 3 stars (out of 5 stars) for rollover crash protection.

Technology

Nissan is developing what it calls "fatigue-free seats" to reduce driver and passenger fatigue and make long periods of driving a pleasant experience. Through a joint research program with Yamazaki Laboratory at Keio University, using a seat simulator and a musculo-skeletal model for seating analysis, Nissan has reduced loads to the smallest amount on each muscular and spinal area from the seated position, according to the manufacturer.

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