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2018 Nissan Armada Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.5

The 2018 Nissan Armada has a quiet, appealing cabin that isn’t short on quality materials. In fact, it compares favorably with a few luxury large SUVs. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said in other aspects. The Armada’s infotainment system is behind the times, it has less cargo space than most competitors, and its front seats – though comfortable for most – are smaller than what rivals offer. On the bright side, the second-row seats are among the most spacious in the class.

  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Seating

The base Armada seats eight, but second-row bucket seats are available that drop seating capacity to seven. Cloth upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, reclining second-row seats, and heated front seats come standard. Leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The front seats have plenty of room for most people, but they’re not as spacious as rivals’ front seats. They also don’t move that far back, so taller people may have trouble finding a suitable driving position.

The second-row seats have more head- and legroom than those in almost every rival, and they tip forward to allow easier access to the third row. The rearmost seats will feel cramped to adults, but they should be fine for kids. This isn’t uncommon for a 3-row SUV.

There are four sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. Most types of car seats will fit without much of a problem, and the lower anchors are generally easy to use. The tether anchors are easy to find, but it can be tough to attach car seat straps to them.

  • "The first two rows provide generous head- and legroom, and even the third row is suitable for adults of average height. The cabin feels wide, too, with a decent amount of door clearance and wide center consoles that help preserve personal space." -- Edmunds
  • 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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Armada include push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, four USB ports, and voice recognition.

Available features include a moonroof, remote start, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera system, blind spot monitoring, backup collision intervention, forward collision warning, automatic forward emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.

Despite its relative newness (the Armada was redesigned for the 2017 model year), this Nissan has one of the most antiquated infotainment systems in the class. It looks and feels dated, and it can’t support new smartphone connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The touch screen is also hard to reach, and its interface may confuse you.

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  • "Our loaded Armada Platinum test vehicle came standard with tech that looks good on paper. But the reality is these systems feel nearly a decade old because the 2018 Armada is essentially the same as the 2011 Infiniti QX56. A lot has changed since then, but the Armada seems like a time capsule." -- Edmunds
  • "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. Climate controls consist of rotary temperature knobs augmented with less-convenient repetitive-step pushbuttons for fan speed and mode." -- Consumer Guide (2017)
  • 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 (2017)

Cargo

The Armada 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 are among the lowest cargo totals in the class, and they even trail the max capacity of some smaller SUVs 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. Just be aware that people in the third row can reach the switch, meaning young kids might hit it by accident. Loading heavy objects may also be troublesome due to the Armada’s high liftover height.

  • "The Armada offers tons of cargo space, and the easy third-row seat folding mechanism exposes a flat load floor. But the middle-row center armrest sticks up like an island, the liftover height is among the tallest, and you must reach in deep because the rear bumper juts out quite far." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "Interior storage is quite good, with large glovebox, console box, and door map pockets augmented with a couple of small stash bins." -- Consumer Guide (2017)

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