The Armada is in its third year of production, and although it sees no styling changes, it does receive one significant upgrade: the addition of flexible fuel technology that allows the engine to run on either traditional gasoline or E85, a mixture of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. Another engine enhancement improves engine breathing, which results in 12 additional horsepower for the full-size SUV.
For 2007, the Armada carries on as Nissan's flagship SUV. It sits on Nissan's "Alpha F" platform, a fully boxed design that is a staple of Nissan's SUVs and its Titan full-size pickup. This strong platform translates to excellent crash protection and good overall vehicle rigidity for towing and hauling. A variety of configurations can be had with the Armada, including two different trim levels-SE and LE-and two- or four-wheel drive. If you like equipment packages, you'll love the Armada, as there are eight different ones to choose from, including the Technology package that adds a sunroof, navigation system, rearview camera, chrome wheels, and available satellite radio.
The Armada's primary challenge will be to find a space on consumers' shopping lists, now that the new Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Ford Expedition have all been redesigned, each with a long list of standard and optional features. The Armada does remain competitive with those big-league players due to its powerful, 5.6-liter DOHC V-8 that now produces 317 hp and 385 lb.-ft. of torque. It's enough to allow up to 9,100 pounds of towing capacity, which is among the best in the segment. It also stays in the game because it can seat up to eight passengers, has fold-flat second and third-row seating, and an impressive amount of cargo-carrying capability.
In addition to its strong platform, another safety advantage on the Armada is the standard Vehicle Dynamic Control, Nissan's stability program that keeps the vehicle moving on its intended path in the event of an oversteer of understeer situation. Other standard safety features include side curtain air bags for all three rows of seats, and four-wheel-disc brakes with both Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) for outstanding stopping performance.
The Nissan Armada competes in the Large Utility segment, which consists of eight models. Buyers in this segment look for comfort, performance, and exterior styling, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study. SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Chevy Tahoe (161,491 units sold), Ford Expedition (78,953), and Chevrolet Suburban (77,211). The Nissan Armada sold 32,864 units in 2006, a decrease of 16.8 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Large Utility segment include the GMC Yukon, Yukon XL, Toyota Sequoia, and outgoing Ford Excursion. Joining the segment in 2007 is the Ford Expedition EL.
|SE (A5)||5 speed automatic||$34,950||317-hp / 5.6L 8-cyl||13/19|
|LE (A5)||5 speed automatic||$40,250||317-hp / 5.6L 8-cyl||13/19|