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2022 Nissan Armada

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  • Overview

    A maroon 2022 Nissan Armada is angled left.

    Buying a large SUV comes with its own unique set of challenges. First, since you’re about to part with upwards of $50,000, the last thing you want is to end up with buyer’s remorse. Every automaker seems to own bragging rights for best-in-class something, such as horsepower rating or cargo capacity, but only one truly ticks all the boxes – the 2022 Nissan Armada. The 2022 Armada offers the most complete mix of attributes in the category by a wide margin.

    Comparisons tend to boil down to specifications, but dimensions and equipment lists only tell half the story. Equally important is the model trim range itself. All the bells and whistles in the world aren’t too exciting if you have to break the bank to get them. Many of the leading full-size SUVs reserve the plushest features for their high-end trims. Since those trims end up costing close to $100k, it puts premium features out of reach for many buyers. That’s why we love the Nissan Armada. With a simplified five trim lineup that starts under $50,000, finding an affordable, well-equipped Armada is easy.

    400

    Horsepower (hp)

    413

    Torque (lb-ft)

    8,500

    Max Towing (lbs)

    Starting at

    $48,900*

  • Interior

    The grey and tan interior of a 2022 Nissan Armada shows the steering wheel and infotainment screen.

    Elevated Interior Features on the Base Model

    Nissan includes a surprising variety of premium standard equipment even on its base model Armada S, including a giant 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen mounted prominently on the dash. The more expensive base 2022 Toyota Sequoia SR5, on the other hand, penalizes entry trim buyers with a minuscule 7-inch display. Even Nissan’s Rogue, a crossover that’s half the price of the Sequoia, features a larger standard 8-inch screen.

    This focus on including the features modern buyers want is a common theme throughout the Armada’s lineup and one that’s conspicuously absent from some of its biggest competitors. Also, a 2021 model refresh updated many of the Armada’s exterior and interior finishes and added robust new infotainment and safety technology. Features like a premium Bose audio system, leather seating, and comfortable second-row captain’s chairs are just some of the goodies peppered throughout the Armada lineup.

    Make the Armada Even Better

    For around $4,000 more than the base model, the Armada SV replaces the S trim’s standard cloth seats with leatherette surfaces and adds heated seats for front passengers. Heated power outside mirrors are also included, along with rear privacy glass to reduce sun glare and peering eyes. A wireless charger and a larger 6-speaker audio system also come with the SV, as does a set of dark gray roof rails.

    Next up, the Armada SV represents another $4,000 price bump and upgrades seating surfaces to leather. A power liftgate joins the list of standard convenience features, and a power sliding moonroof is included for an extra touch of luxury. Nissan’s innovative Intelligent Around View Monitor, a 360-degree exterior camera system that displays on the touchscreen, is also standard. This important feature improves visibility in challenging driving situations, like pulling out of parking spaces or navigating a parking lot full of pedestrians.

    The top-of-the-line Armada Platinum is reserved for discerning buyers who don’t believe in compromise. The Platinum reaches close to the $70,000 price range, but it doesn’t disappoint, justifying every dollar with standard features like upsized 22-inch wheels, heated and ventilated front seats and quilted leather seating surfaces, and a tri-zone entertainment system that includes a dual-screen rear entertainment setup with wireless headphones and an HDMI input.

  • Performance

    A white 2022 Nissan Armada is shown from the side parked in front of a city.

    Power in Every Model

    Nissan doesn’t reserve its most powerful engine for upper-level trims. Instead, every Armada comes standard with a 5.6-liter V8 engine. This 32-valve, direct injection powerhouse delivers 400 horsepower and an astounding 413 lb-ft of torque, making it one of the most powerful large SUVs on the road and giving it enough power to tow up to 8,500 pounds, plenty of capability for a boat or an RV.

    All trims are available in either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and the Armada SL includes LED fog lights for better nighttime and inclement weather visibility, along with a Trailer Sway Control feature that makes towing anything safer, even in high wind conditions. Towing also gets a boost with the Armada’s standard automatic leveling suspension. The suspension adjusts on the fly to offset uneven roads for a smoother ride and better trailer control.

    Features That Help Boost the Overall Experience

    Different drive modes help operators automatically adjust vehicle traction and shifting to perform specific tasks optimally. Tow-Haul Mode combines with Downhill Speed Control to automatically manage gear changes and avoid the jarring and abrupt downshifting that sometimes occurs on steep grades. Buyers can also add the available integrated trailer brake controller for more direct braking ability. The optional surround-view camera features a close-up view with guidelines that make trailer hook-up easy and accurate.

    The Armada’s adaptable interior can provide up to 92.6 cubic feet of cargo space. With all the seats up and in use, there’s still room for 16.5 cubic feet of storage in the back, and the max 1,650-pound payload rating means you can capably haul heavy building materials like tile or concrete without taxing the vehicle’s drivetrain. Seating for up to 8, plenty of cargo space whenever it’s needed, and a hefty max 8,500-pound towing capacity add up to high marks for the Armada’s capabilities.

    In addition to Tow-Haul, Armada’s equipped with four-wheel drive include additional selectable drive modes. Turn the dial to 4LO or Snow Mode for extreme weather driving or select 4HI for traversing trails and navigating off-road conditions. The Armada’s truck-like ground clearance means fewer incidents of bottoming out, and its body-on-frame construction offers just the right amount of rigidity for capable off-roading.

  • Safety

    A white 2022 Nissan Armada is shown from the side driving through a desert.

    Most large SUV buyers are families, a fact that’s not lost on Nissan. Every Armada trim features Safety Shield 360, Nissan’s suite of semi-autonomous driver-assist systems. Utilizing a series of sensors, cameras, and radar, these systems help drivers avoid collisions and other road hazards and keep all occupants safer.

    The Armada Has Your Back on the Road

    Coupled with the Armada’s zone body construction with crumple zones to absorb crash impact away from passengers, Safety Shield 360 adds another level of protection that aims to avoid a crash in the first place. The system includes the following driver-assist systems: Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and High Beam Assist.

    Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian detection is your first line of defense when a crash is imminent. The system monitors speed and distance from the vehicle ahead and alerts you when you’re getting too close too fast. If it senses you’re not slowing down fast enough or at all, the system will intervene and perform emergency braking to avoid or minimize the severity of a crash. It performs similarly to protect pedestrians that step into your lane of travel.

    Rear Automatic Braking, also known as the bumper saver, will automatically tap the brakes if it senses you’re coming too close to a wall or other obstruction when backing up. Blind Spot Warning monitors that annoying space you can’t quite see with your outside mirrors and alerts you if a vehicle enters it. Rear Cross Traffic Alert works similarly, monitoring oncoming traffic on either side of the vehicle as you are backing up.

    Lane Departure Warning is designed to help you avoid drifting out of your lane. This feature works especially well on long highway drives when operators tend to let boredom get the better of them. When the system senses the vehicle drifting, it sends a gentle steering nudge to let you know. Finally, High Beam Assist automates the annoying process of switching between low and high-beam settings, allowing drivers to focus on the road.

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