2019 Nissan Armada

Interior


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2019 Nissan Armada Interior Review

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Interior: 7.6

The 2019 Nissan Armada stays quiet inside even at highway speeds, and there are enough top-notch materials throughout the cabin to make the Armada feel almost like a luxury SUV. The front seats are comfortable, and all three rows can accommodate adults. However, some rivals have superior front seats in terms of adjustability, and most competitors have more cargo space and more modern technology.

  • "There's an upscale atmosphere to the 2019 Nissan Armada, thanks to things like wood trim, various modern features, substantial-feeling switchgear, quality of the materials, and the exemplary fit and finish." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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)

Seating

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

This Nissan's front seats remain supportive on long drives, and drivers enjoy great visibility. However, some rivals have more front-seat space and make it easier to find a comfortable driving position. The second-row seats have plenty of space for adult passengers, and even the third row can fit grownups for short trips.

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 the car-seat straps to the anchors.

  • "In the positive column, the 2019 Armada is roomy and quiet. … The front seats are nicely cushioned and supportive, enabling long driving stints, while the availability of a heated steering wheel and cooled front seats adds to the overall comfort." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, four USB ports, and voice recognition. Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic forward emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a rear door alert, which reminds drivers to check the back seat after parking. Several of these safety features were either optional or unavailable in previous Armada models.

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

The Armada's infotainment system feels old compared to rival systems, and it lacks smartphone connectivity tech like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The touch screen is a far reach from the driver's seat, and the interface seems unnecessarily complex.

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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 (2018)
  • "Unlike many cars today, the infotainment system (audio/navigation/phone) features good ol' knobs and buttons, with not a console control knob in sight. … 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." -- 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 down, and 95.4 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded down. That's not the least cargo space in the class, but it's close. A high liftover height makes it harder to load heavy objects. Small-item storage throughout the cabin is decent.

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.

  • 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 (2018)
  • "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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