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2017 Nissan Armada Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Nissan Armada was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.3

The 2017 Nissan Armada has a quiet and attractive interior that uses mostly quality materials. Some reviewers even note that the Armada's cabin holds its own when compared to luxury vehicles like the Armada’s luxury cousin, the Infiniti QX80. That quality doesn't extend throughout the interior, however. The infotainment system is antiquated compared to rival systems, and the Armada offers less cargo space than several competitors. The front seats don't have as much room as you'd expect in a large SUV either, although the second-row seats are expansive.

  • "Essentially a de-contented Infiniti QX80, the 2017 Nissan Armada is a wonderful surprise for anyone who wants to benefit from luxury levels of refinement at a bargain price." -- New York Daily News
  • "The interior is very quiet at all speeds -- really, the 2017 Nissan Armada feels more like a luxury SUV than many of its competitors. It's reasonable to compare the Armada with SUVs like the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Acadia. The seats are comfortable, and there's plenty of room in the second and third rows." -- AutoTrader
  • "As detailed in its Chicago show unveiling, and as you'd expect of a vehicle in this price class, the 2017 Armada is attractively appointed inside and comes with an attractive array of standard features. Tops on the list: standard navigation with an 8-inch center dash touch screen." -- Kelley Blue Book

Seating

Like most large SUVs, the Armada seats eight, though optional second-row bucket seats reduce seating capacity to seven. Reclining second-row seats are standard, and they tip forward for easier access to the third row. You’ll immediately notice the spacious second-row seats, which – according to Nissan – have best-in-class head- and legroom. That means great things for adult passengers, but it should also make things easier on parents trying to install a child’s car seat. The second-row seats also feature LATCH connectors, letting you secure compatible car seats without using the seat belt.

With such a big vehicle, you might also expect the front seats to be expansive, but they’re actually more confined than many rivals' front seats. In the Armada, the front seats don't move back that far, and steering wheel adjustability is limited, so you may have trouble finding a comfortable driving position or seeing all of your important gauges.

The third row is also pretty cramped, though that isn't uncommon for an SUV. The cushions are low, creating a potential problem for taller riders, and there's probably not enough legroom for most adults. In short, the third row should probably be reserved for children.

Cloth upholstery is standard, as are power-adjustable front seats and heated front seats. Leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

  • Nissan points out the Armada has standard eight-passenger seating, and there are enough cushions for that many backsides. The step-up-and-in for the seats at the four doors is easily done, and once there you could have at least 6-footers in those five spots with comfort. Not surprisingly, the ‘way back’ third row is best left for kids and emergencies." -- Automobile Magazine
  • There's only good (rather than the somewhat expected ‘great’) legroom in front, but headroom is sufficient even for tall folks. By contrast, the 2nd row offers vast amounts of leg and head room. Its seats flip forward to open a large portal to the 3rd row, though an even higher floor makes it a bit of a climb to get back there. My 5'9 frame fit with room to spare, but the low seat cushion forces a knees-up posture for adults." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Inside, the seating position is a little unusual - the front seats don't travel back as far as many drivers (including me) would like and the steering wheel, gauges and controls are unusually low. The steering wheel adjustability is also limited; it doesn't raise far enough for many taller drivers' tastes. It's a commanding view out of the cabin, but for such a big truck, it's surprisingly tight on front passenger space." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

Standard features in the Armada include push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a rearview camera, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a USB port, and voice recognition.

Available features include a power moonroof, Bluetooth streaming audio, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view camera system, blind spot monitoring, backup collision intervention, forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.

Some of the Armada's standard features, such as dual-zone automatic climate control and a premium audio system, are only optional in class rivals like the Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Tahoe.

The infotainment system, traditionally the hub of a vehicle's comfort and convenience features, seems out of date compared to rival systems, despite the fact that the Armada is redesigned for the 2017 model year. The system doesn't have some of the latest smartphone connectivity options, like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and it won't be able to accommodate them in the future without a complete overhaul. The infotainment system features knobs and buttons (like radio presets), which are nice redundancies for the touch screen, but they also wouldn't look out of place in a car from the early 2000s. The overall layout is confusing at first, and the touch screen may be hard to reach for some drivers.

Most of the available technology in the Armada is driver-assistance-related, but there are plenty of active safety features to add, including a surround-view camera, forward collision warning, and backup collision intervention, which means the Armada will help keep you safe from all angles. Parents will also appreciate the dual-screen entertainment system, which can keep hyperactive children entertained on long car rides.

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  • The infotainment system may be hopelessly dated, but Nissan partially makes up for that with driver assistance features including adaptive cruise control, a blind spot monitoring system and, of course, the surround view monitor." -- CNET
  • "Unlike many cars today, the infotainment system (audio/navigation/phone) features good ol' knobs and buttons, with not a console control knob in sight (though there is one for the 4WD settings). There are six physical station preset buttons that are duplicated on the dashboard touchscreen. Navigation controls are separated into their own panel, which helps avoid button confusion. All these controls are easy to reach except for the touchscreen, which is a bit of a stretch. Oddly, there is only one USB port, which we find a bit limiting in this day and age. Climate controls consist of rotary temperature knobs augmented with less-convenient repetitive-step pushbuttons for fan speed and mode." -- Consumer Guide
  • The overall design is attractive, and the navi/info screen sits high, just below the sight line and reasonably well-placed against glare. There's a fair old sea of buttons below that, but they are separated by function: navi at the top, audio in the middle, heater/air below. It isn't the most intuitive of layouts, but it works once you've had a bit of time with it." -- Automobile Magazine

Cargo

The Armada comes up a bit short on cargo space. It has 16.5 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 49.9 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 95.4 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. Those estimates lag behind many other large SUVs', and it's even less spacious than some crossovers like the Chevrolet Traverse.

A split-folding third-row seat is standard, and the second and third rows of seats fold flat for easier storage of your items. A power liftgate and power-folding third-row seats are available, letting you control either function with just the touch of a button. However, the switch for the third-row seats is actually within reach of the people sitting in the third row, so your kids could accidentally hit it while they're sitting back there.

With a full carload of people, you probably won't have enough space for everyone's luggage, but you can easily manage a trip if you don't need to use the third row. The liftover height for the cargo area is high, however, so loading heavier objects is more difficult in the Armada than in some competitors.

  • "Cargo space has shrunk as well, which means that it's an area where the new Armada won't be winning any bar bets against other big sport-utes. The full-size spare is tucked well up underneath for a better departure angle, making for a cargo floor that's uncomfortably high for hoisting heavy luggage aboard. You'll find a more livable third row in the Ford Expedition and more cargo space in some three-row crossovers." -- Car and Driver
  • "Awkwardly, Nissan mounts controls for the power-folding third-row seat at window-switch level in the third row, meaning that kids may try to fold themselves or their siblings into the floor. You'll want them folded, too (the seats, not the kids), because the Armada can either carry extra people or some cargo, but not both at the same time. Behind the third-row seat, just 16.5 cubic feet of load space is available. Given that you'll need to stack things Jenga-style to use all of it, this simply is not practical." -- New York Daily News
  • "Interior storage is quite good, with large glovebox, console box, and door map pockets augmented with a couple of small stash bins." -- Consumer Guide

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