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2008 Nissan Armada Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Nissan Armada was new.

The Nissan Armada delivers powerful and relatively agile performance, but can't match the style or predicted reliability of others in its class.

7.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 7.5
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Impressive V8 power and a smooth transmission
  • Good handling, especially considering its substantial mass
  • Interior is comfortable and spacious
  • Mixed reactions to Armada's aggressive exterior styling
  • Entry and exit into the cabin can be a chore
  • Predicted reliability is questionable

2008 Nissan Armada Overview

The 2008 Nissan Armada is a strong, nimble performer that can handle whatever SUV owners might throw at it, but in a competitive class, others offer nicer interiors and better predicted reliability. Though the Armada isn't the cheapest SUV in the class, some reviewers see it as a good value for its size and off-road prowess. That's where the Armada's value is likely to end, however: it has one of the worst EPA-estimated fuel economies in the class.  With gas costing over four dollars a gallon, the Armada's dismal fuel economy is a drain on its overall value equation. 

  • "The Armada puts the right stuff in a lot of the right places for buyers desiring a full measure of the large SUV experience," -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Overall, the Armada is a nice debut effort by Nissan, even though you have to wonder why the automaker chose now to roll it out with super-size SUVs not exactly getting the most positive publicity of late." -- The Sacramento Bee
  • "I found the Durango easier to maneuver, quite comfortable and less imposing on city streets. The trade-off, of course, is that it is not as roomy." --The New York Times
  • "Both the Armada and QX56 are built on the excellent, highly competitive full-size Nissan Titan pickup truck platform. But what succeeds as a pickup here just doesn't make it as an SUV." -- The Washington Post
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