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2021 Nissan Armada Interior


#5 out of 6 in Large SUVs

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$48,500
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2021 Nissan Armada Interior Review

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Interior: 6.9

 The 2021 Nissan Armada looks good inside, and the materials quality is nearly as good as what you'll find in an Infiniti (Nissan's luxury brand). All three rows of seats are reasonably comfortable, though the first two rows are the most adult-friendly. Cargo space is decent but well below class-leading totals. Plenty of features come standard, including an updated, easy-to-use infotainment system.

  • "… inside the cabin, the quality of materials, wood trim, substantial-feeling switchgear, and excellent general fit and finish put the Armada almost in the same league as its luxury Infiniti counterpart." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Despite its tall entry height …, the Armada's interior is attractive and accommodating. The cabin is very roomy, the interior fit-and-finish is well worth the price, and the driver enjoys a commanding view of the road." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "Inside, it's difficult to shake the Infiniti feeling, too, with the dash mirroring the QX80's. Major surfaces use soft-touch materials with lots of leather throughout, and wood trim and chrome accents gussy things up further." -- CNET (2018)

Cargo

The Armada has 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third-row seats, 49.9 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 95.4 cubic feet with all the rear seats folded. Those values are a little below average for a large SUV. A power liftgate and power-folding third-row seats are optional.

The high cargo floor makes it tough to load heavy items. It can also be difficult to reach deeply into the cargo hold.

  • "A power liftgate opens to a surprisingly narrow 'box' with a high floor (high enough to make it tough for shorter folks to load things in) … The cargo area is tall but rather narrow, with a bit of added storage space under the floor." -- Consumer Guide (2019)
  • "There's a lot of cargo space, and the Armada is rated to tow a fair amount. The main thing holding it back from a higher score is the sheer height of the load floor and the long inward reach that results from the somewhat protuberant rear bumper." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "As expected, cargo space is in high supply. … It all comes in handy for numerous home improvement supply runs and Costco shopping bonanzas." -- CNET (2018)

Seating

The three-row Nissan Armada can seat up to eight people. The standard eight-seat setup includes a second-row bench seat. Optional second-row captain's chairs lower the seating capacity to seven, and a small center console replaces the second-row-middle seat.

Standard features include synthetic leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and heated front seats. Genuine leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, reclining second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The driver enjoys excellent visibility, and the first two rows of seats are comfortable and remain supportive on long drives. It's worth springing for the optional second-row captain's chairs, as they are the most enjoyable seats in this Nissan. The third-row seats aren't as spacious as in rivals, but adults can still ride back there without feeling too cramped.

For installing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the second-row outboard seats, and Armada’s with a second-row bench seat have a tether anchor for the middle seat. There’s also an additional tether anchor for the passenger-side third-row seat. The lower anchors are easy to find and use, but the tether anchors are more difficult to connect to.

  • "Front-seat comfort and visibility are still strong suits, but the second-row captain's chairs in the Platinum grade I tested are the best seats in the house. There you get access not only to the Platinum's standard rear entertainment system but a center console with storage, cupholders and a comfortable armrest. Legroom and headroom in the second row are also exemplary. Not so much in the third row, however, at least not for adults. The second-row console compounds legroom further, but unlike in past generations, this console is at least removable, which also improves third-row access. If you want to keep the console in place, the second-row captain's chairs also tumble and fold to allow passengers to clamber into the back, though it's not as easy as it could be. The lack of space in the third row is a problem when most competitors – including the Tahoe and especially the Expedition – offer adult-sized, if not adult-friendly, third-row seating." -- Cars.com
  • "The second row is super-spacious with tons of legroom and a large center console when equipped with captain's chairs. Maximum seating capacity is eight, and while the third row is much smaller than what you'll find in the Ford Expedition and new Chevy Tahoe, the chairs can be reclined backwards to a position comfortable for adults – keep in mind, this trick does intrude on cargo capacity. Indeed, if passenger and cargo space is of paramount importance, either of those American rigs would be a better choice." -- Autoblog
  • "The seats themselves are mighty comfortable across all three rows and even the way backs offer a suitable amount of space for grown adults." -- CNET

Interior Features

Standard features in the Armada include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and an infotainment system with a 12.3-inch touch screen, navigation, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, wireless device charging, Bluetooth, USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Android Auto, and wireless Apple CarPlay. Available features include a moonroof, remote start, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

The Armada gets an updated infotainment system for 2021, and the new system has a larger touch screen (12.3 inches, up from 8) and far fewer physical controls, which is a good thing because previous models' center stacks were cluttered and confusing. The touch screen generally responds quickly to inputs, and the infotainment interface is user-friendly. There are plenty of standard driving aids, but some of them are a bit overzealous.

Standard driver assistance features include forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, adaptive cruise control, vehicle exit warning, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. Some of these features are part of the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of technology.

Available active safety features include a surround-view parking camera system, traffic sign recognition, and a rearview mirror camera.

See 2021 Nissan Armada specs »

  • "Topping the new slab of controls is a massive 12.3-inch widescreen touch display with crisp graphics and vibrant colors. It runs wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto (both standard), but it does chop off part of the screen when you're running those smartphone apps. Neither app stretches across the full width of the screen, but thankfully, Nissan makes good use of the extra space with a customizable display box that'll fill up the emptiness with info like the current media playing or a fancy clock. … You'll want to navigate the screen via touch, too, because the rotary dial controller and UX don't mesh well together the way they do with BMW's iDrive." -- Autoblog
  • "The centerpiece of the new interior is the 12.3-inch touchscreen. It works well, with intuitive controls and crisp graphics, even if it just appears to be a modern-looking version of Nissan's older touchscreen. Unfortunately, most functions are relegated to a two-thirds portion of the screen, which I found frustrating. Native navigation gets the entire screen, but if you use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto … you only get the two-thirds portion. More confusingly, the smaller one-third side of the screen has functions that seem redundant or extraneous." -- Cars.com
  • "The free-standing screen is wide, matching the width of the attractively redesigned center stack. Graphics are sharp, and the screen is responsive to swipes. Menus are laid out intuitively and are easy to navigate. Speaking of navigation, onboard navigation comes standard and works well thanks to reasonably good voice recognition and a working pinch-to-zoom function many other automakers can't seem to get right." -- Motor Trend 
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