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2013 Nissan Armada Review

Although reviewers liked the 2013 Nissan Armada's strong V8 engine, it gets poor fuel economy and has little cargo space for the class. Some critics also found its ride uncomfortable.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong acceleration
  • Uncomfortable ride on rough roads
  • Limited cargo space for the class
  • Some cheap cabin materials




Critics' Rating: 6.8
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2013 Nissan Armada Overview

The 2013 Nissan Armada has a standard V8 that most reviewers said delivers strong acceleration. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard, and auto journalists said it has seamless shifts. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 13/19 mpg city/highway, which is on the low end of the class. Some test drivers reported that the Armada generally has ponderous handling and that its ride is uncomfortable over rough roads. However, a handful of reviewers said that the Armada takes corners with very little body lean. The 2013 Armada's maximum towing capacity is 9,000 pounds.

Some critics noted that the 2013 Nissan Armada's interior quality falls short of that offered by rivals, but others found the overall design handsome and the cabin solidly built. The Armada seats up to eight, and reviewers found the front and middle rows comfortable. Some critics said the third row is cramped, but others appreciated the third row's elevated seating position relative to the other rows. The 2013 Armada offers 97.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which is the lowest maximum cargo capacity in the class. Bluetooth and dual-zone automatic climate control are standard. A rearview camera, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, leather seats, heated front seats, heated middle-row captain's chairs, a USB port and navigation are available. Test drivers noted that there are a lot of buttons on the Armada's center stack but that they are all logically arranged.

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Other SUVs to Consider

Test drivers noted that the 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe has composed handling and a comfortable ride. It also get better fuel economy than the Armada and has more overall cargo space.

The 2013 Ford Expedition impressed reviewers with its car-like ride and communicative steering. It also has more overall cargo space than the Armada, and test drivers commented that its third row offers plenty of space for adults to sit comfortably.

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