When Nissan created the original Nissan Armada, its first full-size sport utility vehicles, made in the traditional way, using its platform full-size pickup. This funding Titan was introduced in 2003, and the great UTE Nissan Pathfinder Armada, arrived the same year as a label model Pathfinder 2004 was to build name recognition of the popular SUV medium brand size but eventually discarded and it became the only vehicle the Navy.
Following the script written by Ford with the Lincoln Navigator and General Motors Cadillac Escalade with a version of the luxury brand, Infiniti QX56, shortly thereafter. Tidy, with additional chrome and leather, it could be even Gaudier-Armada SUV, as provided by Toll Brothers. At the time that McMansion aesthetic was slightly out of tune, but sales were not close to the Navigator / Escalade bogey. Infiniti changed course, dropping the derivatives giant Titan and Nissan Patrol instead recruit international market for service Infiniti SUV. and re-designed for a life in excess care, oriented leather lined sidewalk, the QX56 based on patrol arrived for the 2011 model year, shortly after becoming the QX80. The Navy, however, continues on its platform based on Titan.
Peek inside the cabin luxury, and you may wonder if there was any change at all Infiniti. padded surfaces abound, hard plastic was almost forbidden, and the new Armada marks a wholesale upgrade the interior refinement over its predecessor. Even the basic SV model comes with navigation, Bose 13-speaker, dual power seats, and a rear chamber; The average level of SL adds leather, power operation for the third row of seats, a power liftgate, and 20-inch wheels; and the top-spec Platinum trim brings heated and cooled front seats, heated seats for the second row, double screen rear seat entertainment, and a sunroof, among other niceties. Platinum also get a wide range of driver assistance technologies that are optional on the SL.
The new cabin is luxurious, but smaller than before in most dimensions, even if some space from the previous model is wasted to a large extent, that only serves to make the driver feel buried in a vast cavern, of plastic. The new Armada feels so great from behind the wheel, and providing lines of decent view from the driver’s seat. We also like Nissan complements wisely series touch screen with a bunch of keys and traditional buttons.
The new Armada has adopted a revised version of Nissan Endurance 5.6-liter V-8, which was under the hood of the Infiniti. With variable valve timing and direct injection, output jumps from 315 to 390 horsepower and torque swells 385-395 lb.-ft.. (These numbers are still found in the shadow of 400 horsepower Infiniti and 413 lb.-ft., to maintain the corporate hierarchy.) It is combined with an automatic seven-speed transmission, which provides an even greater release of the five-speed above a first lower gear and higher gear.
Unfortunately, cum Navy Patrol is the heavier 100 and 300 pounds the old model based on Titan mode fuel efficiency has not improved significantly, advancing by 1 mpg in EPA city ratings; Road figures remain the same. More importantly, however, the 390 horses are to the task of moving this luxury car and gearboxes smooth shifting seven-speed is not laziness downshifting. We signed a 6.2 second run to 60 mph in our analysis QX80 and estimates that the Navy would be 0.1 seconds behind him, which is quite fast for a three-ton SUV. The engine sound is a breath, aided by the acoustic windshield and front door glass Armada, so this vehicle is a leisurely cruise.
The new Armada SUV is not exactly the big box that US brands offer, and while it is closer to the international size Toyota Land Cruiser, which can not be compared with the off-road vehicle heroism. But at a starting price of US $ 45,395 for a RWD SV, the Navy is almost $ 19,000 less expensive than the QX80, and even Platinum should top out below US $ 64,245 Infiniti figure. This is not as cheap as the previous model, but it is still a kind of negotiation between large SUVs, especially given the newly discovered Armada refinement that is almost on par with the Infiniti version.