2011 Nissan Armada

MSRP $38,490 - $53,790

Ranked #9 in Suv

7.6

Overall Rating

2011 Nissan Armada Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 6, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2011 Nissan Armada is a practical full-size SUV that is trying to compete against some of the biggest workhorses in the United States. It comes with a very potent powertrain and is a very versatile three-row SUV that is the most rugged from the manufacturer. It has been around for a while but still has enough novelty left in it to go a few more years.

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Pros

Engine is powerful

Comfortable seats

Spacious interiors

Cons

Fuel economy is bad

Feels harsh in terms of ride

Infotainment is hard to set up

What's New?

Carries over unchanged


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$38490

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

339 cu.in.

horsepower

317 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

385 lb.-ft. @ 3400 rpm

transmission

5 speed automatic w/OD

chassis

suspension front

double wishbone front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

123.2 in.

length

207.7 in.

width

79.3 in.

height

77.2 in.

curb weight

5372 lbs.

ground clearance

10 in.

capacity

passenger volume

127.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

97.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

6500 lbs.

payload capacity

1453 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

13/16/19 mpg

highway range

532 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SV$38,490 onwards

SL$43,640 onwards

Platinum$50,890 onwards

Colors and Styles

2011 Nissan Armada in Lakestone color
Lakestone

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

6.5

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

8.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


The 2011 model year sees no changes apart from the renaming of its trim levels. It has a lot of strengths and is a traditional full-size SUV that is based on a ladder-frame chassis. For this year, Nissan Armada prices start at MSRP $38,490, and it competes against the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition, and Toyota Sequoia.


6.5/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2011 Nissan Armada Features

6.5/10

The trim lineup of the Nissan Armada includes three different trims that are targeted at various price ranges from $38,490 and going all the way up to $53,790 without options. These are known as the SV, SL, and Platinum trim levels. Right from the base trim level, the SUV is very well equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, rear parking assist, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear climate controls, eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, tilt steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, and so on.

Trims

SV

SL

Platinum

MSRP (RWD)

$38,490

$43,640

$50,890

MSRP (AWD)

$44,090

$46,540

$53,790

Key Features

18-Inch Alloy Wheels

20-Inch Alloy Wheels

20-Inch Chrome Wheels

 

Side-Step Rails

Fog Lights

Front Parking Sensors

 

Rear Parking Assist

Auto-Levelling Rear Air Suspension

Sunroof

 

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control

Roof Rack

Dual Power-Folding Mirrors

 

Rear Climate Controls

Tow Package

Power Rear Lift Gate

 

Eight-Way Power Driver Seat

Keyless Entry/Ignition

Heated Front Seats

 

Power-Adjustable Pedals

Leather Upholstery

Heated Steering Wheel

 

Eight-Speaker Stereo

Power-Folding Third-Row Seat

Driver Memory Functions

 

Six-CD Changer

Back-Up Camera

Navigation System With Real-Time Traffic Display

 

 

Bluetooth

Rear-Seat DVD Entertainment

 

 

12-Speaker Bose Audio System

Bose Audio System

Which trim should you buy?

Since there are only three trims on offer, one is saved from the confusion of selecting between many. We felt that the midrange SL trim level was the best pick of the lot because at $43,640, it promises a lot of features for a good price. These include 20-inch alloy wheels, auto-leveling rear suspension, towing package, keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, 11 speakers Bose audio system, satellite radio capability, and more.

2011 Nissan Armada Engine and Performance

8.0/10

Under the hood of the Nissan Armada is a massive 5.6L V-8 engine. It generates an excellent 317 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque. There is only one transmission option available, and that is a five-speed automatic. This is then mated to either a rear-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive drivetrain. One cannot complain about the mechanical department of the Nissan Armada as it is very much capable.

However, what one can definitely complain about is that it does not offer the kind of ride quality that many of its newer competitors offer. There is a considerable harshness inside the cabin, which is not expected from a luxury SUV of these credentials. Acceleration figures are decent, with a 7.5 second 0 to 60 mph time and a 15.9-second quarter-mile time, which is very fast for something this heavy.

Model

2011 Nissan Armada

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe

2011 Ford Expedition

2011 Toyota Sequoia

MSRP

$38,490

$37,980

$39,730

$40,930

Engine

5.6/Double Overhead Cam (DOHC)/32/V-8

5.3/Overhead Valves (OHV)/16/V-8

5.4/Single Overhead Cam (SOHC)/24/V-8

4.6/Double Overhead Cam (DOHC)/32/V-8

Transmission

5-speed Automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed Automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Horsepower

317 hp @ 5200 rpm

320 hp @ 5400 rpm

310 hp @ 5100 rpm

310 hp @ 5400 rpm

Torque

385 lb.-ft. @ 3400 rpm

335 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

365 lb.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

327 lb.-ft. @ 3400 rpm

0-60 Mph (sec)

7.5

7.7

8.2

7.2

Quarter Mile (sec)

15.9

16

16.3

15.6

Top Speed

NA

135

134

105

One can see that among the full-size SUVs, the Chevrolet Tahoe manages to be the one that starts as the most affordable. The Toyota Sequoia is the most expensive but has the best performance in real-world tests like acceleration. The Nissan Armada is the second quickest in terms of acceleration as well as in terms of power on paper. The Chevrolet Tahoe is not exactly as quick as one would expect it to be.

2011 Nissan Armada Fuel Economy

8.0/10

One of the prime reasons manufacturers are now moving towards smaller engines is that they guarantee good fuel efficiency. Looking at the 5.6 L V-8 inside the Armada, one exactly understands why. The EPA-rated fuel efficiency ratings of this SUV are 13 MPG in the city, 19 MPG on the highway, and 15 MPG combined. Even with a massive fuel tank capacity of 28 gallons, the SUV returns a very poor range of just 420 miles combined.

Model

2011 Nissan Armada

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe

2011 Ford Expedition

2011 Toyota Sequoia

City

13

15

14

14

Highway

19

21

20

20

Combined

15

18

17

17

Fuel Tank Capacity

28 gal.

26 gal.

33.5 gal.

26.4 gal.

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

364/532/420

390/546/468

469/670/569.5

369.6/528/448.8

One can see that even though the Nissan Armada has bad fuel efficiency, none of its competitors have much to brag about either. The fact that the Chevrolet Tahoe produces the most amount of power and yet manages to have the most efficient engine is an amazing feat. The Ford Expedition is not the most fuel-efficient but has a massive fuel tank at 23.5 gallons and hence has the most range. The Chevrolet and Toyota managed to strike a decent compromise in terms of both performance as well as efficiency.

2011 Nissan Armada Interior

7.0/10

The interior of the Nissan Armada has been around for a while, but it is very pleasantly designed and feels fresh even today. It has a very decent material quality, which can be considered above average. The overall ergonomics in this cabin has come a long way from the previous year's model as well. Overall it is a very practical cabin and can definitely impress buyers.

The seats are also sufficiently large and can seat eight people very easily. What is truly impressive about the cabin is that it offers a lot of space even in the third row. The space offered in the interiors is also quite amazing and will make anyone feel at ease. The cargo capacity is nothing great at 20 cu-ft, but the seats can fold down and make room for a lot of stuff. 

Model

2011 Nissan Armada

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe

2011 Ford Expedition

2011 Toyota Sequoia

Passenger Capacity

8

9

7

8

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

41/65/41.8

41.1/65.3/41.3

39.5/63.2/41.1

38.3/66.4/42.5

2nd Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

NA/64.7/41.9

39.2/65.2/39.0

39.8/63.7/39.1

38.9/66.1/36.5

3rd Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

35.9/63.7/32.2

37.9/61.7/25.6

38/67.1/37.7

36/65.7/35.3

Cargo Capacity (All Seats In Place)

20 cu-ft

16.9 cu-ft

42.6 cu-ft

18.9 cu-ft

Maximum Cargo Capacity

97.1 cu-ft

108.9 cu-ft

130.8 cu-ft

120.1 cu-ft

Only the Ford Expedition seats less than eight people in this category, and this is a bad mark. However, when it comes to cargo capacity, it attains an advantage over its competitors by offering much more than the rivals, but it is a much larger car on the outside. The Toyota Sequoia is also quite spacious inside. Chevrolet Tahoe offers the least amount of cargo capacity in its standard configuration. Some standard features include:

  • Cloth or leather seating
  • Available faux wood or metal trim
  • Standard dual-zone automatic climate control, plus rear controls
  • Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
  • Standard eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Optional power passenger seat
  • Optional heated steering wheel
  • Optional heated front seats

What’s there to keep you entertained? 

Although it is not the most technologically advanced car, the infotainment features are quite plenty in the Nissan Armada. The functionality is definitely great, and the graphics are also pretty nice with the touchscreen. There are also a lot of options available that can seriously make the infotainment much better. Some features of the infotainment system include: 

  • 8 Total Speakers
  • Radio Data System
  • Speed-Sensitive Volume Control
  • Diversity Antenna
  • Bose Premium Brand Speakers (O)
  • 265 Watts Stereo Output (O)
  • Video Monitor
  • 12 Total Speakers (O)

2011 Nissan Armada Exterior

6.0/10

The Nissan Armada has a very boxy and upright design. However, there are both fans and haters for this particular design language. It is also quite on the heavier side of its category with a curb weight of a whopping 5,346 pounds. In terms of dimensions, it is quite large and offers a very decent ground clearance of around 10 inches.

Model

2011 Nissan Armada

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe

2011 Ford Expedition

2011 Toyota Sequoia

Curb Weight

5346 lbs.

5636 lbs.

5898 lbs.

5680 lbs.

Ground Clearance

10

9

9

10

Height

77 in.

77 in.

78 in.

77 in.

Length

208 in.

202 in.

221 in.

205 in.

Wheelbase

123 in.

116 in.

131 in.

122 in.

Width

79 in.

79 in.

79 in.

80 in.

The Ford Expedition has the longest wheelbase in this category. All cars offer excellent ground clearance of around 9 or 10 inches. Even at 5,346 pounds, the Nissan Armada is the lightest car in this category, with the Ford Expedition nearly being 6,000 pounds. All of them have an insane road presence. Some standout exterior features include:

  • 18 or 20-inch wheels
  • Standard running boards
  • Standard power side mirrors that can be heated and folded
  • Optional integrated turn signals for side mirrors
  • Optional fog lamps
  • Optional moonroof
  • Optional power liftgate

2011 Nissan Armada Safety

8.0/10

The 2011 Nissan Armada has not been tested to the new and updated crash test procedures by the NHTSA. However, it has previously scored a five-star rating. This is due to having features like knee airbags, hill start assist, active front head restraints, rearview camera, etc. being offered as standard features. Some of the standout safety features include:

  • Blind-spot monitoring system
  • Trailer sway control
  • Standard anti-lock brakes with brake assist
  • Standard electronic stability system and traction control
  • Standard rear backup sensor
  • Optional rear view camera

2011 Nissan Armada Final Verdict

The 2011 Nissan Armada is a rugged and utilitarian full-size SUV with the ladder on frame chassis. However, looking at the price range this SUV is offered at, one definitely has to check it out. It has good space in its interiors and has an excellent engine that provides a lot of performance but very bad fuel efficiency. But since this is what the market is used to, it makes for a great buy in 2011.

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