2012 Nissan Armada

Rating7.7

Ranked #2 in Fullsize Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$45,320 - $55,120

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Key Spec of 2012 Nissan Armada
fuel economy

12/15/18

fuel type

regular unleaded

horsepower

317 hp @ 5200 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

2012 Nissan Armada Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2012 Nissan Armada is a macho SUV from the land of Japan and goes up against some well-established full-size SUVs in the market. The SUV has a standard 5.6L V8 motor that dishes out some capable performance and towing capabilities as well. The interior of the SUV is quite comfortable and justifies its starting price tag of $39,870. 


ProsConsWhat's New

Highest towing capacity in its class

Clumsy handling 

Standard V8 engine

Capable V8 engine

Coarse interior materials 

Standard side curtain airbags

Spacious interior 

Low gas mileage

Over All Rating

7.7

Out of 10

Pricing and Features8.00
Pricing and Feature9.00
Features8.00
Engine and Performance7.40
Fuel Economy4.00
Interior7.00
Exterior8.00
Safety8.50
Competition9.00
Notable Rankings

#2 in Fullsize Suv

#8 in Suv


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Trims

SL$45,320 onwards

  • 20-inch machined aluminum Wheels
  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Front passengers heated-cushion
  • Leather Seat trim
  • Seek-Scan Radio
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/Satellite

SV$45,470 onwards

  • 18-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • 60-40 split-bench Third row seats
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Dual zone automatic front air conditioning
  • Heated mirrors
  • Premium cloth Seat trim
  • Rear air conditioning with controls
  • Remote keyless entry

Platinum$52,220 onwards

  • 20-inch aluminum Wheels
  • Navigation system
  • Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof


Colors and Styles

2012 Nissan Armada in Lakestone color
Lakestone

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The Nissan Armada's base variant is priced at $39,870. The Nissan Armada competes with GMC Yukon, Toyota Sequoia and Chevrolet Tahoe in this segment. The Nissan Armadas's acceleration lacks the punchy feel that is provided by its competitors.


Features
8.0/10

Three different Armada trim levels are offered: SV, SL, and Platinum. Each can be had with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The Armada has a limited list of options, compared to the Tahoe and Expedition. At the top of the line, the Platinum gets heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a moonroof, a power rear liftgate, DVD entertainment, and a nav system with real-time traffic capability and hard-drive space for music storage.

Trim

SV

SL

Platinum

MSRP

$39,870

$45,320

$52,220

Key Features

18-inch alloy wheels

Adds to SV

Adds to SL

 

Rear parking sensors

20-inch alloy wheels

20-inch chrome-clad wheels

 

Side-step rails

Leather upholstery

Sunroof

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Auto-leveling rear air suspension

Front parking sensors

 

Eight-way power driver seat

Keyless ignition/entry

Heated second-row seats and steering wheel

 

Eight-speaker sound system with an in-dash six-CD change

Heated front seats

Driver seat memory functions

We recommend

We recommend you to go with the SL trim, the one which sits between the base SV and the top-end Platinum. Though it is priced comparatively higher than the base trim it includes all the base trim features, plus features like auto-leveling air suspension, leather upholstery, and many more come as standard. 

Engine and Performance
7.4/10

The 2012 Nissan Armada is powered by a 5.6L V8 engine capable of delivering 317 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque. It comes with a 5-speed automatic transmission which is responsible for the gear shifting needs of the car. The engine of the Nissan Armada propels the rear-wheel-drive of the car. 

The engine is quite potent for most situations with ample power output. For its size, the Nissan Armada has a fairly composed ride quality.It neither overcompensates nor does it underperform, it has adequate power output and is comparable to its competitors,It has the highest top speed among its competitors. Overall driving experience is decent and appreciable.

Model

2012 Nissan Armada

2012 Chevrolet Tahoe

2012 GMC Yukon

2012 Toyota Sequoia

MSRP

$39,870

$38,755

$40,085

$40,930

Engine

5.6L V8

5.3L V8

5.3L V8

4.6L V8

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

5-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

317 hp @ 5200 RPM

320 hp @ 5400 RPM

320 hp @ 5400 RPM

310 hp @ 5400 RPM

Torque

385 lb-ft @ 3400 RPM

335 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM

335 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM

327 lb-ft @ 3400 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.3 secs

6.2 secs

6.2 secs

8.6 secs

Quarter Mile (seconds)

14.6 secs

14.8 secs

14.8 secs

14.8 secs

Top Speed (MPH)

120 

115 

110 

109 

Both the ChevroletTahoe and the GMC Yukon have the same power output and jointly rank the best in the segment. The Nissan Armada holds the second position, followed by the Toyota Sequoia. All the cars in this segment come equipped with a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, while it is just the Nissan Armada which features a 5-speed automatic. 

Fuel Economy
4.0/10

The 2012 Nissan Armada delivers fuel efficiency of 13 MPG in the city, 19 MPG on the highway, and 15 MPG in combined driving conditions. The engine is quite a power frenzy and a bit of an oil burner. It consumes quite more for its class. The Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon however offer better efficiency figures and deliver 15 MPG in the city, 21 MPG on the highway, and 17 MPG combined

Model

2012 Nissan Armada

2012 Chevrolet Tahoe

2012 GMC Yukon

2012 Toyota Sequoia

MPG (City)

13

15

15

14

MPG (Highway)

19

21

21

20

MPG (Combined)

15

17

17

16

Fuel capacity

28

26

24

26.4

Range (City/hwy)

364 / 532 miles

390 / 546 miles

390 / 546 miles

370 / 528 miles

The Nissan Armada is clearly the least fuel-efficient vehicle in the segment. However, owing to its huge tank capacity of 28 gallons, it is able to deliver an astonishing range of 364 miles in the city and 532 miles on the highway without the need to refuel. Toyota Sequoia stands between the GM twins and Armada with a combined mileage of 16 MPG.

Interior
7.0/10

The cabin of the Nissan Armada is quite dull-looking. The quality of materials is not that respectable. Everything in the interior is wrapped with budget materials to enhance cost-cutting. The Armada can seat up to 8 passengers with standard bench seats, and there is an option to avail captain’s chair as well. 

The quality of the interior is average in order to keep the price low. It is neither appealing nor is it reliable considering the material used, A slightly higher price with better quality interiors would make more sense compared to the case of Nissan Armada.

Model

2012 Nissan Armada

2012 Chevrolet Tahoe

2012 GMC Yukon

2012 Toyota Sequoia

Seating capacity

8

8

8

8

Front row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

41.0/65.0/41.8

41.1/65.2/41.3

40.3/65.2/41.3

38.3/66.4/42.5

Rear row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.0/64.7/41.9

39.2/65.2/39.0

39.2/65.2/39.0

38.9/65.6/40.9

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

20.0 cu. ft.

16.9 cu. ft.

16.9 cu. ft.

18.9 cu. ft

Though the front seats of the Nissan Armada are large and comfortable, the access to the third row of seats can be a bit uncomfortable. The third row of seats lacks space and people sitting on it can feel cramped, therefore, the seat is not advisable for long journeys. The Nissan Armada tops the segment in the cargo space with 20 cubic feet. Some of the interior features include:

  • Steering wheel controls
  • Rear Defrost
  • Keyless entry
  • Power door locks

How intuitive is the infotainment unit?

The infotainment of the 2012 Nissan Armada consists of a 6-speaker audio system which includes a navigation system that is available at an additional cost. Neatly arranged icons are also present for the Nissan Armada’s dashboard. Available features include an 11-speaker Bose Surround Sound System, Navigation System, Bluetooth connectivity, rear-view camera, and a rear-seat entertainment system. Some of the highlighting features are:

  • Navigation System(optional)
  • Satellite Radio(optional)
  • 6-speaker sound system
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Rear-seat entertainment system
Exterior
8.0/10

The 2012 Nissan Armada rolls on 18-inch alloy wheels, though the top-trim features 20-inch chrome-clad wheels. As the SUV is quite high with a ground clearance of around 9.8 inches, it comes equipped with side step rails for easier access into the cabin. Though the base and intermediate trim lacks the sunroof feature, the top-end trim gets it. 

The SUV has a tall stance in its appearance giving it a bold and appealing look on the exterior. The Armadas exterior design elements create a great first impression unlike its interiors.

Model

2012 Nissan Armada

2012 Chevrolet Tahoe

2012 GMC Yukon

2012 Toyota Sequoia

Curb Weight (lbs)

5251 lb.

5448 lb.

5448 lb

5670 lb.

Length (in.)

107.7 in.

202.0 in.

202.0 in.

205.1 in.

Width (in.)

79.3 in.

79.0 in.

79.0 in.

79.9 in.

Height (in.)

77.2 in.

76.9 in

76.9 in

77.0 in

Ground clearance(in.)

9.8 in.

9.8 in.

9.0 in.

9.9 in.

Wheelbase (in.)

123.2 in

116.0 in.

116.0 in.

122.0 in

In terms of curb weight, the Toyota Caepio ranks the highest in the segment. Both the GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe rank second in the list. The Nissan Armada is the lightest in the segment and hence occupies the base position. When ground clearance is taken into consideration, here also the Toyota Sequoia holds the initial position for having the best on offer. Some of the exterior features include:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Sidestep rails
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Fog lights(optional)
Safety
8.5/10

The 2012 Nissan Armada comes with anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, and stability control. Other features include seat-active head restraints and front-side impact airbags. Offering more safety in case of a crash, it also comes equipped with full curtain side airbags. The 2012 Nissan Armada has not been through the crash-tests conducted by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety(IIHS). However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has rated it a 3 out of 5-stars for rollover crash test. Some standout safety features of the SUV are:

  • Front airbags
  • Curtain airbags
  • Anti-lock braking system
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Brake Assist
  • Traction control
  • Stability control 
Final Verdict

The 2012 NissanArmada is quite a powerful SUV in its segment. The V8 engine offers a good amount of punch and feedback. The front seats can be said to be quite comfortable and supportive, however, the third row of seats lacks space and can be a bit uncomfortable on long journeys. The cabin quality is dull and the materials used are quite subpar. The cargo space is where the Nissan Armada shines beating its rivals by quite a margin. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$52220

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

339 cu in

horse power

317 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

385 lb.-ft. @ 3400 rpm

transmission

5-Speed Automatic w/Overdrive

dimensions
length

207.7 in

wheelbase

123.2 in

width

79.3 in

curb weight

5558 lbs

Height

77.2 in

Ground Clearance

10 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

127.3 cu ft

cargo volume

97.1 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

13/16/19 mpg

highway range

532 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


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