2014 Nissan Armada

MSRP $42,680 - $52,860

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8.4

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2014 Nissan Armada Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 19, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The brawny Nissan Armada has held its ground with no significant changes for well over a decade in the full-size SUV segment. Competing against the likes of a small field of competitors that include the Chevrolet Tahoe, the Ford Expedition, and the Toyota Sequoia, the Nissan Armada is still a very capable buy despite its aging generation. 

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Pros

Robust V8 powertrain 

Excellent towing capabilities

Cozy cabin with plenty of tech goodies and interior space

Impressive acceleration

Cons

Aging exteriors and interiors

Fuel-hungry powertrain

Less cargo space compared to rivals

What's New?

No substantial changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$52860

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

drivetrain

four 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

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

123.2 in.

length

207.7 in.

width

79.3 in.

height

78 in.

curb weight

5841 lbs.

ground clearance

10 in.

capacity

passenger volume

166.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

97.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

9000 lbs.

payload capacity

1453 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

12/15/18 mpg

highway range

504 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

SL$42,680 onwards

SV$42,890 onwards

Platinum$49,960 onwards

Colors and Styles

2014 Nissan Armada in Java Metallic color
Java Metallic

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

8.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

8.0

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.4

Overall Rating


The boxy 2014 Nissan Armada still mesmerizes everyone with its imposing stance and macho exteriors. Like a traditional full-size SUV, the Armada packs in a powerful V8 under its hood that is geared for towing and hauling cargo and passengers. Inside, the Japanese stalwart packs in a plethora of features to make the drive more engaging. Here we list down all the features and traits of the 2014 Nissan Armada in detail.


8.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2014 Nissan Armada Features

8.0/10

Following Nissan’s nomenclature as all other vehicles in its lineup, the 2014 Nissan Armada is offered in 3 trim levels to choose from. They include the base SV trim, the middle-ground SL trim, and the top-of-the-line Platinum trim. Each trim gets a standard V8 powertrain with RWD as standard. 4WD is available as an optional upgrade for each trim. An overview of the features of all trim levels is as follows:

Trim

SV

SL

Platinum

MSRP (RWD)

$37,590

$42,680

$49,960

MSRP (4WD)

$42,890

$45,580

$52,860

Key Features

Power windows, locks, and mirrors

Leather seating

Power sunroof

 

AM/FM/CD player

Bose audio

Heated first- and second-row seats

 

Rear parking sensors

Power liftgate

Heated steering wheel

 

Power front seats

Auto-leveling rear suspension

Navigation with real-time traffic

 

Dual-zone automatic air conditioning

Power-folding 3rd-row seats

Rear-seat DVD entertainment system

 

Flip/fold 3rd-row seats

Rearview camera

 

We Recommend

The mid-level SL trim will be the best choice for buyers who want to keep the budget within $50,000. Equip this trim with a 4x4 drivetrain to relish the maximum potential of the powerful Armada SUV. The SL trim unlocks an auto-leveling rear suspension which comes in handy while hauling heavy cargo items.

2014 Nissan Armada Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2014 Nissan Armada engine is a robust naturally aspirated 5.6L V8 that whips out a power output of 317 hp and 385 lb-ft of maximum torque. Nissan pairs the engine to a 5-speed automatic transmission setup, which inspires confidence by providing those smooth power shifts. Like a true body-on-frame SUV, the Armada runs on the traditional rear-wheel-drive layout. Those who want a decent off-roading experience have the option of a classic 4x4 drivetrain as well.

In a class that is dominated by V8 engines, the Armada’s muscular V8 makes up for a compelling ride thanks to its sweet roar. The engine almost feels like a NASCAR V8 at work. Nissan borrowed the powertrain for the Armada from its full-size Titan pickup truck, and it has been there for about 9 years now. The powertrain and suspensions setup both have borne the test of time, and are now well behind the times compared to their updated rivals.

Models

2014 Nissan Armada

2014 Toyota Sequoia

2014 Chevrolet Tahoe

2014 Ford Expedition

MSRP

$37,590

$44,095

$43,600

$41,975

Engine

5.6L V8

5.7L V8

5.3L V8

5.4L V8

Drivetrain

RWD/4WD

RWD/4WD

RWD/4WD

RWD/4WD

Transmission

5-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

317 hp @ 5,200 RPM

381 hp @ 5,600 RPM

320 hp @ 5,400 RPM

310 hp @ 5,100 RPM

Torque

385 lb-ft @ 3,400 RPM

401 lb-ft @ 3,600 RPM

335 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

365 lb-ft @ 3,600 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.6

7.4

8.4

8.4

Quarter-Mile (MPH)

15.8

13.8

16.3

16.5

Top Speed (MPH)

N/A

N/A

120

120

The Nissan Armada manages to breach the 0-60 MPH mark and quarter-mile run in 7.6 and 15.8 seconds respectively, which are very astonishing figures for a mammoth its size. It manages to outclass its American counterparts from GM and Ford, although it cannot beat its nearest rival the Toyota Sequoia. The Sequoia also leads the way in the power charts with its class-leading horsepower and torque figures of 381 hp and 401 lb-ft, while the Armada has to stay content with 2nd place.

2014 Nissan Armada Fuel Economy

9.0/10

Full-size SUVs aren’t particularly known for the virtue of having a frugal fuel economy. The 2014 Nissan Armada fuel economy numbers show that the SUV is no exception to this rule. The Armada can drive around the city with an MPG of 16. EPA estimated that the SUV can return out an MPG of 19 on the highways. This leads to an abysmal combined MPG of 15. With the Armada’s gigantic 28-gallon fuel tank capacity, the SUV offers a decent city mileage of 364 miles and highway mileage of 532 miles.

While the above figures applied to the rear-wheel-drive trim level, the 4x4 results in even lower fuel economy ratings. According to the EPA, the 4x4 Armada can only return an MPG of 12 in the city and 18 on the interstate. 

Models

2014 Nissan Armada

2014 Toyota Sequoia

2014 Chevrolet Tahoe

2014 Ford Expedition

MPG (City)

13

13

15

14

MPG (Highway)

19

17

21

20

MPG (Combined)

15

15

17

16

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

28.0

26.4

26.0

28.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined; miles)

364/532/428

343/449/396

390/546/442

392/560/448

While this class may not be the most friendly in terms of fuel economy, the Chevrolet Tahoe and the Ford Expedition do offer some respite to the customers in terms of fuel economy. Both the SUVs offer respectable MPG numbers compared to the fuel-guzzlers from Nissan and Toyota.

2014 Nissan Armada Interior

9.0/10

The 2014 Nissan Armada interior complements its massive size on the outside. The fully functional interiors are designed to adapt to various needs, be it chauffeuring around 8 passengers or hauling a lot of cargo.The driving position can be adjusted very well with the adjustable steering column, which makes it very convenient for small drivers. Inside, the small controls and delicate buttons give out a suburban feel. Nissan has put in a lot of effort to make the Armada look upmarket, but the tacky plastics and interior trimmings still feel outdated. The seats are placed at a convenient height so that the driver can have a commanding view of the road. The second-row seats also allow three adults to be seated comfortably thanks to the generous headroom and legroom. 

The popular bucket seat configuration for the 2nd-row seats is also available if you wish to give the 2nd-row passengers a more chauffeured feel. The third-row seats allow small adults to fit in just snugly. For taller adults though, the limited headroom and legroom in the 3rd-row can be a nuisance.

Models

2014 Nissan Armada

2014 Toyota Sequoia

2014 Chevrolet Tahoe

2014 Ford Expedition

Seating Capacity

8

7/8

8

7, 8

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

41.0/65.1/41.8

34.8/66.4/42.5

41.1/65.3/41.3

39.6/63.2/41.1

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

40.0/64.5/41.9

34.9/65.6/40.9

39.2/65.3/39

39.8/63.7/39.1

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

35.9/63.7/32.2

34.5/65.7/35.3

39.7/61.7/39

38.3/51.9/37.7

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

20

18.9

16.9

18.6

The Nissan Armada’s interior dimensions are adequate enough for your family to feel comfortable. The SUV offers 20 cubes of space behind the 3rd-row of seats. If the 3rd-row seats aren’t in use, fold them down to free up 56.7 cubic feet. If you are planning to use the Armada only for hauling cargo, fold down all the rear rows to get a maximum cargo space of 97.1 cubic feet. These cargo figures aren’t exactly the best in their class, but they are adequate to make any family person happy.

Some of the standout interior features are as follows:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Rear climate controls
  • Cloth upholstery
  • An eight-way power driver seat
  • Power-adjustable pedals

How intuitive is the 2014 Nissan Armada’s infotainment unit?

The Nissan Armada is a rather archaic SUV compared to other rivals in terms of available infotainment features. The base model only gets the basic tech bits like an AM/FM/CD player, USB port, cruise control, and Bluetooth. Higher up the trim pyramid, the SL trim level adds 

The top-of-the-line Platinum trim gets all the tech goodies like a navigation system with real-time traffic and a DVD entertainment system for the rear passengers. The Armada still misses out on advanced gizmo like voice-activated controls and HD Radio.

Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • AM/FM/CD player
  • Bose sound system
  • Intelligent Key keyless entry and start
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise control
  • Navigation with real-time traffic
  • Rear-seat DVD entertainment system

2014 Nissan Armada Exterior

9.0/10

The 2014 Nissan Armada offers all the raw styling dynamics that make you fall in love with a full-size SUV in the first place. The SUV looks macho, massive, and oversized from every angle. A simple and rugged design conveys the mean personality of the Armada, a trait that you won’t find on most SUVs on the road today. 

The Armada is an instantly recognizable sight on the streets, with its overly exaggerated fender flares and wheel wells. However, not many car enthusiasts are a fan of the Armada’s notchy roofline or funky door handles. Nissan’s 3-opening chrome grille grabs the eyeballs away from some of the tacky aspects of the SUV.

Models

2014 Nissan Armada

2014 Toyota Sequoia

2014 Chevrolet Tahoe

2014 Ford Expedition

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,841

6,000

5,694

5,549

Length (inches)

207.7

205.1

202

206.5

Width (inches)

79.3

79.9

79

78.8

Height (inches)

77.2

77

76.9

77.2

Ground Clearance (inches)

9.8

9.9

10.5

8.7

Wheelbase (inches)

123.2

122

116

119

The Nissan Armada isn’t ashamed of showcasing its massive presence on the streets, as it stands out as the largest full-size SUV in its class. Its bulky exterior dimensions add a lot of character to the SUV’s massive personality. The Toyota Sequoia is a perfect rival of the Armada with its bulky and huge exterior dimensions along with its distinctive muscular appeal as well. The Chevrolet Tahoe looks and feels slightly compact as compared to the Japanese SUVs. The Ford Expedition has the least interesting yet distinctive American exterior appeal owing to its chunky and boxy design language.

Some of the standout exterior features are as follows:

  • Sunroof
  • Power liftgate
  • Auto-leveling rear suspension
  • Heated power outside mirrors
  • Rear privacy glass

2014 Nissan Armada Safety

6.0/10

In terms of safety, the 2014 Nissan Armada gets very basic safety amenities. Dual front, side, and curtain airbags are offered as standard, with the curtain bags now adding an extra layer of protection for all three rows of occupants. 

The Armada also includes standard safety features like electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes, which are a prerequisite in every vehicle in the U.S. nowadays. The Armada also offers extra parking assistance by equipping rear parking sensors as standard. 

Optional safety upgrades include a rearview camera. Unfortunately, blind-spot monitors and lane-keeping techs aren’t yet available on the Armada. When it comes to the crash safety tests, the Armada didn't get an opportunity to get itself properly tested, as the federal agency NHTSA just changed its rating systems in the 2011 model year. The insurance agency IIIHS didn’t test out the 2014 Nissan Armada either.

Some of the standard safety features onboard the Armada include the following:

  • Electronic stability control
  • 6 airbags
  • Rearview camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Parking Assistance

2014 Nissan Armada Final Verdict

The 2014 Nissan Armada is an aging SUV, which is well beyond a decade compared to newer utes from GM and Ford. The Armada uses that aging charisma to its advantage, with its masculine full-size body wrapped around a roomy interior. Its big ol’ V8 is still capable enough to blow away most of its rivals, although fuel-conscious customers won’t be too happy with its MPG numbers. The old-school interiors still feel charming and comfortable to be seated in for your family. The Armada packs in a bunch of features at all trim levels for added driver convenience and comfort, although there haven’t been any groundbreaking additions in recent years. In a nutshell, the 2014 Nissan Armada is still a trusty old dog, but there are better options out there that you may want to consider.

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