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2017 Nissan Armada Review

The 2017 Nissan Armada has a quiet ride, a powerful engine, and spacious second-row seats. Despite its strengths, the Armada finishes toward the bottom of our large SUV ranking because of its uncomfortable first- and third-row seats, outdated infotainment system, and below-average cargo space.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine
  • Quality cabin materials
  • Sprawling second-row seats
  • Disappointing first- and third-row seats
  • Outdated infotainment system
  • Subpar cargo space




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 Nissan Armada Overview

Is the 2017 Nissan Armada a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Nissan Armada is a good large SUV, but it falls short of rivals when it comes to fuel economy, seating comfort, in-cabin technology, cargo space, and predicted reliability. Still, it can tow more than most competitors, and it has a quality interior that remains quiet even at highway speeds.

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We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, the total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 14 professional evaluations for this 2017

Nissan Armada review to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2017 Nissan Armada?

There are almost 700 listings for this vehicle on our site, ranging in price from $30,000 to $49,900. The average list price is $40,400. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Nissan Armada Cost to Own?

Projected five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Armada are $29,083. That’s slightly above average in the large SUV segment.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Armada?

The 2018 Nissan Armada starts at $46,090, which is $6,000 higher than the average price of a 2017 model. The Armada gained standard NissanConnect services, satellite radio travel information, hands-free texting, and additional USB port for 2018. Otherwise, there are no differences between the two model years. Unless you need those features, save your money and buy the 2017 Armada.

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You can’t find a new large SUV for the average price of a used 2017 Armada. However, there are some great new midsize SUVs with three rows within that price range. The 2018 Honda Pilot, for example, starts at $30,900 and comes standard with a capable V6 engine. A V6-equipped 2018 Toyota Highlander starts at $33,280, and the 2019 Kia Sorento with a V6 starts at $31,290.

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Which Model Year of the Nissan Armada Is Best?

Nissan completely redesigned the Armada for 2017 (there was no 2016 Armada). Unlike earlier models, the second-generation Armada has a standard 390-horsepower V8, a seven-speed automatic transmission, navigation, an 8-inch touch screen, heated front seats, and a 13-speaker Bose audio system. These models also have fresher interior and exterior styling compared to the previous generation. You’ll pay a bit more, but the 2017 is the better vehicle.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Nissan Armada?

J.D. Power gave the 2017 Nissan Armada a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2017 Nissan Armada Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Nissan Armada has no open recalls.

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Which Used Nissan Armada Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Armada has three trim levels: SV, SL, and Platinum. The base SV trim comes with navigation with voice recognition, an 8-inch touch screen, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable heated front seats, and satellite radio.

The midlevel SL trim has the right mixture of features to make it the best choice for most buyers. Its features include remote start, a power-folding third row, a 360-degree parking camera, a power liftgate, and leather upholstery.

Upgrade to the Platinum for even more luxury. It adds a power-sliding moonroof, ventilated front seats, a family entertainment system, and a suite of active safety technologies.

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What Does Nissan's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Nissan offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each Nissan CPO vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like rental car reimbursement, a three-month SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a Security+Plus Extended protection plan, towing, and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

Nissan’s CPO program is about average for an affordable auto manufacturer, according to our research. Mazda, Honda, and Chevrolet all have more robust programs.

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How Safe Is the Armada?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2017 Armada.

A rearview camera comes standard. Available active safety features include front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree parking camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, and backup collision intervention.

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2017 Nissan Armada Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Nissan Armada or 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe?

The 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe is one of our top-ranked large SUVs. The Tahoe has an abundance of soft-touch materials making it one of the nicest interiors in the segment. The Tahoe also has an easy-to-use infotainment system with features like Apple CarPlay, wireless device charging, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, none of which are available in the Armada. The Tahoe has responsive steering, delivers a quiet ride, and gets better fuel economy than the Armada. The choice is easy: Go with the Tahoe.

Which Is Better: 2017 Nissan Armada or 2017 Make Model?

The 2017 Toyota Sequoia and the Armada both have powerful V8 engines, though the Sequoia has better handling and a more cushioned ride. Inside, the Sequoia features Toyota's Entune infotainment system, which has a user-friendly interface. The Armada has less cargo space than the Sequoia, and its infotainment system looks antiquated by comparison. The Sequoia is the better choice.

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2017 Armada Performance

How Does the 2017 Nissan Armada Drive?

The 2017 Armada has good agility for a large SUV, and it doesn't have too much body roll when taking turns. It delivers a cushioned ride in most situations, and four-wheel-drive models handle off-roading.

A 390-horsepower V8 teams up with a seven-speed automatic transmission to move the Armada along effortlessly. It has plenty of power for easy passing and merging on the highway.

Does the 2017 Nissan Armada Get Good Gas Mileage?

The standard 2017 Armada returns 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway, which is lower than many other large SUVs. The Armada with four-wheel drive is rated at 13/18 mpg city/highway.

2017 Nissan Armada Towing Capacity

The Armada has a maximum towing capacity of 8,500 pounds when properly equipped.

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2017 Armada Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Armada Seat?

The standard Armada seats eight, but it's available with second-row bucket seats that drop the seating capacity to seven. The front seats aren’t as comfortable as one might expect for a large SUV, but the reclining second row is terrific. Whether you opt for the captain's chairs or not, the second row has loads of legroom and headroom. As in most three-row SUVs, the third row is short on space for most adults.

Heated, four-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. Leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Nissan Armada?

There are four full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats: two in the second row and two in the third row. Middle-seat tether anchors are available in both rows, too. Overall, the LATCH system is fairly easy to use.

2017 Nissan Armada Features

Standard features include a 13-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, navigation, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a USB port. Available features include a rear-seat entertainment system with dual 7-inch monitors, a DVD player with a remote control, two wireless headphones, and audio/video input jacks.

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2017 Nissan Armada Dimensions

Nissan Armada Cargo Space

The 2017 Armada has 16.5 cubic feet of space with all three rows up, which is less cargo space than most large SUVs offer. Folding the third row opens up 49.9 cubic feet, further expanding to 95.4 cubic feet with the second and third rows down.

2017 Armada Length and Weight

The 2017 Nissan Armada measures 17.4 feet from front to back. Its curb weight ranges from 5,576 to 5,963 pounds. The gross vehicle weight rating goes from 7,300 to 7,500 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Nissan Armada Built?

Nissan manufactured the 2017 Armada in Japan.

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