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2011 Nissan Armada Review

The 2011 Nissan Armada has many traits that make it a compelling choice among 2011 large SUVs, including a strong engine and good handling for its size. However, reviewers said that the Armada comes up short when compared with its rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Good handling
  • Strong engine
  • Easily foldable rear seats expand cargo capacity
  • Subpar fuel economy
  • Outdated interior design
  • Can’t hold as much cargo as competitors




Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2011 Nissan Armada Overview

When it was new, reviewers were generally pleased with the 2011 Armada’s power and handling. However, they found that the Armada emptied the fuel tank especially fast – even for a large SUV. The 2011 Nissan Armada has a 5.6-liter V8 engine and comes with either rear- or four-wheel drive. It can tow up to 9,000 pounds, which makes it just as capable as many competing large SUVs. Two-wheel drive versions get an EPA-estimated 13/19 mpg city/highway, while four-wheel drive models get 12/18 mpg. These numbers are low for the class.

Inside, the Armada seats up to eight. Reviewers generally found the front seats comfortable, but also noted that the third row was small and difficult to access, which is typical of many third-row seats, however. The Armada has a maximum cargo capacity of 97.1 cubic feet, which is less than what many competitors offer.

Reviewers also commented that the Armada’s interior fell short of many rivals because it saw few changes since its introduction in 2004. Standard equipment includes power windows, mirrors and door locks, as well as dual-zone automatic climate control. Features available on upper trims include heated leather seats, a backup camera, Bluetooth, a Bose stereo, power-folding third-row seats, a power liftgate and a navigation system.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Ford Expedition is a worthy alternative to the Armada. When it was new, reviewers liked the Expedition’s versatile, comfortable interior, which is especially good if you need a useable third-row seat. Their main gripe was that the Expedition’s handling wasn’t as refined as it could be. The base Expedition can carry more cargo than the Armada, while the long-wheelbase Expedition EL offers even more cargo space.

Another alternative is the 2011 Chevrolet Suburban. Comparable in size with the larger Expedition EL, the Suburban can seat a maximum of nine, and heavy-duty models can tow up to 9,600 pounds. The base Suburban also gets better fuel economy than the Armada, with 15/21 mpg city/highway fuel economy. Reviewers also found that for an SUV of its size, the Suburban drives and handles well.

Compare the Armada to the Expedition and Suburban »

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