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2018 Nissan Armada Review

The 2018 Nissan Armada ranks in the middle of the large SUV class. The Armada has balanced handling, strong engine performance, and a good predicted reliability rating, though it doesn’t offer as much cargo room or seating space as its top rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Beefy V8 engine
  • Pleasant handling
  • Roomy first and second rows
  • Dated infotainment system
  • Awkward to park
  • Poor fuel economy




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.5
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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2018 Nissan Armada Overview

Is the 2018 Nissan Armada a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2018 Nissan Armada is a fine option if you’re shopping for a used large SUV. The Armada is just as capable of hauling heavy loads as it is shuttling the kids to soccer practice.

The 2018 Armada has many highlights:

  • Upscale cabin with seating for eight people
  • Spacious first- and second-row seats
  • Comfortable ride and balanced handling
  • Strong V8 engine with brawny towing ability
  • Good predicted reliability rating
  • Many available safety features
  • Lower-than-average prices

It does have a few drawbacks though:

  • Outdated infotainment system with poor graphics
  • No support for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
  • Less cargo space than many competitors
  • Third row is snug for adults
  • Awkward to maneuver in tight parking spots
  • Low fuel economy compared to other large SUVs

Consider alternatives like the 2018 Chevrolet Suburban and 2018 Ford Expedition Max if you want a three-row SUV with better gas mileage, roomier third-row seats, and a larger cargo area. Both of these models also have sleeker infotainment systems that include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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How Much Is the 2018 Nissan Armada?

Based on listings for the 2018 Nissan Armada on our site, the average price is $37,900, which is much lower than average for the class. Prices range from $27,000 to $47,400 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Nissan Armada Cost to Own?

The Armada’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $30,600, or $6,120 per year. That’s slightly higher than average for a large SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Armada?

The 2019 Nissan Armada starts at $47,100, but it can top $66,000 in its higher trim levels. You'd likely spend less for a used 2017 or 2018 model, which has similar styling, convenience features, and driving dynamics. That said, it may be worth upgrading to a 2019 model if you want active safety features. The 2019 Armada comes standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. These features were limited to the Armada’s top trim levels in 2017 and 2018 models.

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You can save even more money by shopping for a previous generation Armada. These SUVs cover the 2004 through 2015 model years (the Armada was on hiatus for the 2016 model year). They offer comparable seating and cargo space to the newer models. However, these models don’t accelerate or handle as confidently, and they offer fewer safety features. Stick with a newer model from 2017 and later.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Nissan Armada?

The 2018 Nissan Armada has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Nissan Armada Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2018 Nissan Armada.

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Which Used Nissan Armada Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Nissan Armada is available in four trims: SV, SL, Platinum, and Platinum Reserve. All models have a 390-horsepower V8 engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available. The base SV model is a good pick for most shoppers, given its wide array of convenience features. You’ll want to choose one of the Platinum trim levels if you’re looking for advanced safety features though.

  • Nissan Armada SV: The entry-level SV trim has an 8-inch navigation screen, a 13-speaker Bose stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, a CD player, Bluetooth, four USB ports, keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rearview camera, parking sensors, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
  • Nissan Armada SL: The SL trim level adds a 360-degree camera system, a power liftgate, remote start, leather upholstery, power-folding third-row seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated side mirrors, and 20-inch wheels.
  • Nissan Armada Platinum: The Platinum trim comes with a rear-seat entertainment system, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, forward collision warning with brake assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and a moonroof.
  • Nissan Armada Platinum Reserve: The Platinum Reserve trim adds two-tone leather upholstery, wood interior trim, and dark chrome exterior accents.

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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?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Armada an overall safety rating of four out of five stars. The SUV received five stars in the side crash test but only three stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests.

At the time of writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not tested the 2018 Nissan Armada.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • front and rear parking sensors

Available advanced safety features:

  • Around View Monitor (a 360-degree camera system)
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking
  • adaptive cruise control
  • lane departure warning
  • lane keep assist

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2018 Nissan Armada Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Nissan Armada or 2018 Toyota Sequoia?

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia and 2018 Nissan Armada have a lot in common, for better and worse. Both of these full-size SUVs offer strong V8 engines, a comfortable ride, and respectable performance over rough terrain. Both also earn poor fuel economy ratings and have outdated infotainment systems. For most shoppers, though, the Sequoia is the better buy. It has a roomier third-row seat and a larger cargo area. It also comes standard with a huge suite of active safety features, including blind spot monitoring and forward collision warning. These features are only available as options on the Armada.

Which Is Better: 2018 Nissan Armada or 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe?

The 2018 Chevy Tahoe is another compelling pick in the large SUV class. The Tahoe is similarly practical; it offers comparable seating and cargo space, many of the same available safety features, and a cushioned ride. However, the Tahoe outshines the Nissan with its fuel economy and in-cabin tech; it yields a superior 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, and it sports a slick infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Check out the Tahoe first.

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2018 Armada Performance

How Does the 2018 Nissan Armada Drive?

The Nissan Armada feels athletic for such a big SUV. Highlights include a stable ride, composure around turns, quick steering, and assured brakes. The Armada's suspension soaks up most road surfaces nicely, though larger bumps and potholes can jolt the SUV around; this is more common on models equipped with the available 20-inch wheels.

The Armada’s V8 engine is muscular, and it easily accelerates the SUV up to speed. It also offers strong passing power on the highway, thanks in part to the smooth seven-speed automatic transmission. The Armada is available with high- and low-range gearing, and it has 9.2 inches of ground clearance, making it a capable rig for light off-roading and trudging through muddy trails. Still, there are better – and cheaper – options if you’re looking for an off-roader.

One of the Armada’s biggest drawbacks is that it can be difficult to park and maneuver in tight areas due to its wide turning radius and extra-large proportions.

  • Engine: 5.6-liter V8 with 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque
  • Drivetrain: rear-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: seven-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Nissan Armada Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Armada’s fuel economy is among the worst of any SUV on the market.

  • RWD: 14/19 mpg city/highway
  • AWD: 13/18 mpg
2018 Nissan Armada Towing Capacity

The 2018 Armada is rated to tow up to 8,500 pounds when properly equipped.

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2018 Armada Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Armada Seat?

The 2018 Nissan Armada is a three-row SUV that can seat seven or eight people, depending on its configuration. The second row is available as two captain’s chairs or a bench seat. The Armada’s first- and second-row seats are comfortable and supportive. Both also offer generous head- and legroom, even for taller passengers. The third row can fit adults in a pinch, but it’s better saved for kids and younger teens, due to its low seating position and tight legroom.

The Armada’s interior closely resembles that of its corporate cousin, the 2018 Infiniti QX80. The cabin is blanketed with many padded and soft-touch surfaces, and it muffles almost all road and wind noise. The overall styling looks dated by 2018 standards, though – a detraction from this otherwise luxe cabin.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth seats
  • heated and power-adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • power-folding third-row
  • heated and ventilated front seats
  • heated second-row seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Nissan Armada?

The 2018 Armada has four sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. The lower anchors are simple to use, and the tether anchors are easy to find, but attaching car-seat straps to the hardware can be tough.

2018 Nissan Armada Features

The Armada takes a step backward in terms of its tech features. On one hand, the 8-inch touch screen is simple to use while driving, and it’s paired with a control knob and physical buttons for making quick adjustments. On the other hand, the navigation functions tend to react slowly to inputs, and the screen has low-resolution graphics. This older system also lacks modern amenities like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch infotainment screen, a 13-speaker Bose sound system, a navigation system, HD Radio, satellite radio, a CD player, Bluetooth, and four USB ports
  • Available infotainment features: a rear-seat entertainment system with two 8-inch screens and a DVD player
  • Additional standard features: keyless entry, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Other available features: remote start, a moonroof, and a power liftgate

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2018 Nissan Armada Dimensions

Nissan Armada Cargo Space

The Armada has 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats upright, 49.9 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 95.4 cubic feet with all the rear seats folded. That’s certainly a lot of cargo room, but it isn’t as much as some other large SUVs offer, such as the 2018 Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon XL, and Ford Expedition Max.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Nissan Armada Length and Weight
  • Length: 17 feet, 5 inches
  • Curb weight: 5,576 to 5,963 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Nissan Armada Built?

Nissan built the 2018 Armada in Japan.

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