2017 Nissan Armada Platinum 4WD Review; Why it’s Aptly Named
The term massive still applies to the big sport-utility vehicle called the Armada. The big three row Nissan family hauler has plenty of seats and comes with V8 power. It’s built for those needing maximum room to carry passengers who want to spread out and enjoy the ride. It’s hard to believe the Armada has been around since 2003, and this is its first major makeover. The 2017 is all-new and we’ll be driving the Platinum 4WD model this week.
What’s new for 2017?
The name may be old, but the Nissan Armada is all-new for 2017. It gets a new chassis based on the Nissan Patrol, a rugged SUV that’s been sold in other global markets for decades. It features a new grille, and it gets new sheet metal on its big body. The Armada grows slightly longer and wider than before, though it’s wheelbase is shorter. The all-new chassis is more rigid than the outgoing model, and towing capacity is increased to 8500 pounds.
The 2017 Nissan Armada Platinum 4WD ($60,490) comes standard with navigation with 8-inch touch screen, 13-speaker Bose audio, dual zone auto climate control, roof rails (220-pound capacity), side steps, LED daytime running lamps, and 8-passenger seating.
The range-topping Platinum also comes standard with 20-inch wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, leather door trim, and a rear-seat entertainment system that includes two 7-inch headrest-mounted displays, a DVD player and two USB ports.
Nissan’s latest driver assist safety features, blind spot warning and intervention, back up collision intervention, lane departure warning and intervention, and adaptive cruise control with forward emergency braking, are also standard on the top Platinum model. Total MSRP including destination: $61,585.
The cabin of the Armada is attractive and there’s almost no hard plastic surfaces inside, with plenty of soft-touch surfaces throughout. There’s a luxury feel to this interior, especially in the top trim Platinum model that comes with standard leather appointed seats. The driver and passengers sit high with a commanding view of the road and it’s easy to get comfortable in this family hauler. It’s an environment, you won’t mind spending lots of quality time with the family. More on Page 2.
Infotainment and connectivity feature the latest technology, thanks to the Nissan Connect system, standard with the Platinum trim. The kids can stay entertained on longer trips with the standard Family Entertainment System featuring two color 7-inch displays for the second row passengers. It comes with two wireless headphones for the kids, and the rear seats also recline for a more comfortable ride while watching the movie.