2018 Nissan Armada

Rating7.9

Ranked #9 in Suv

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$48,990 - $65,090

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Key Spec of 2018 Nissan Armada
fuel economy

13/15/18

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

390 hp @ 5800 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Muscular V8 engine

Poor fuel economy

New Platinum trim

Best-in-class towing capacity

Outdated infotainment system

Nissan Connect now standard

Comfortable interior space

Undersized third row

Many available safety features

2018 Nissan Armada Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 7, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2018 Nissan Armada is available for sale at a base MSRP of $46,090 and now comes in three varied trims- SV, SL, and the new Platinum. The Platinum trim adds unique exterior accents, and also a rear-view mirror with double the high-resolution display for the backup camera. Apart from that, the 2018 Armada also gets the NissanConnect infotainment as standard now. The rest of the specs remain the same as the outgoing model. The Armada engine is the same 390-hp 5.6L V8 that is potent enough to pull this 5,267-pound SUV from 0-60 MPH in 6.2 seconds.

2018 Nissan Armada For Sale

The 2018 Nissan Armada starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $46,090 for the base SV trim. This comprises of plenty of tech features including but not limited to an 8-inch touchscreen display, a 13-speaker Bose surround system, and more. Building on top of the SV trim is the SL trim, which is priced at an MSRP of $50,850 and is privy to plenty of Driver package items, including driver-preferences memory setting, and a 360-degree top-down parking camera. The range-topping Platinum trim is priced at an MSRP of $59,190, which gets all of the SL trim features excluding two different packages. Buying or leasing a used car is more affordable than going for the new model, Armada Used car shoppers can expect to pay anywhere between $17,000 and $27,400, depending on various factors. Moreover, the average cost to own the Armada is around $30,500 for a period of 5 years.

2018 Nissan Armada Buying Advice

The best choice of the lot for many shoppers is the mid-level Armada SL trim, priced at $50,850, that succeeds to add all of the desired features one would expect with an SUV of this class. While it includes all of the basic and latest features from the Driver package but also features from the optional Premium package. Going for an Older Armada model will save you loads of money, as the 2017 Armada variant gets the same set of changes as the 2018 version for a major dip in prices. Moreover, you can save a lot more money by going for the previous generation 2014 Armada or the 2015 Armada.

Its towing capacity is also rated at 8,500 pounds. However, while it is better than most on the performance front, it gulps more fuel than other competitors. The interior of the Armada has an appealing layout but an outdated infotainment system. It offers a spacious cabin for eight passengers but falls short of cargo capacity, despite the 208.9-inch length. The Armada earns average safety ratings but provides a long list of driver-assist features, while it also fairs pretty well on the reliability front with minimal problems reported thus far. The for-sale 2018 Armada stacks up against the Chevy Tahoe, the Ford Expedition, and the Toyota Sequoia.

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Trims

SV$48,990 onwards

  • 18-Inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic LED headlights
  • Dual-Zone automatic climate control
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • Leather-Wrapped steering wheel
  • Power-Adjustable heated front seats
  • Rearview camera

SL$50,850 onwards

  • 120-Volt power outlet
  • 20-Inch alloy wheels
  • 360-Degree top-down parking camera
  • Driver-Preferences memory
  • Rain-Sensing wipers
  • Remote engine start

Platinum$59,190 onwards

  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Rear-Seat entertainment system

Platinum Reserve$62,190 onwards

  • Dark chrome grille
  • Open-Pore wood-tone interior trim
  • Premium two-tone leather seats
  • Two-Tone leather upholstery

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2017 Nissan Armada
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Price Drop, $100
Previous Price: $1847714 Jul 2022

2017 Nissan Armada SV

SV 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 7A)

$18,377
Est. $249/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,804 Below market
RMV: $22,181
Conyers, GA
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2018 Nissan ArmadaHome Delivery
14
Price Drop, $900
Previous Price: $3490016 Jul 2022

2018 Nissan Armada Platinum

Platinum 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 390 hp 7A)

$34,000
Est. $461/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,550 Below market
RMV: $40,550
Collierville, TN
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2018 Nissan Armada SL

SL 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 390 hp 7A)

$33,600
Est. $456/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,460 Below market
RMV: $40,060
Brandon, MS
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2018 Nissan Armada SUV

SL

$27,944
Est. $379/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,285.5 Below market
RMV: $33,229.5
Delray Beach, FL
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2018 Nissan Armada
14
Price Drop, $500
Previous Price: $2694519 Jul 2022

2018 Nissan Armada SL

SL 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 390 hp 7A)

$26,445
Est. $359/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,996 Below market
RMV: $31,441
Holland, MI
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2018 Nissan ArmadaHome Delivery
6
Price Drop, $1884
Previous Price: $2888325 Jul 2022

2018 Nissan Armada SL

SL 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 390 hp 7A)

$26,999
Est. $366/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,831 Below market
RMV: $31,830
Orem, UT
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2017 Nissan Armada
22
Price Drop, $3000
Previous Price: $2299528 Jun 2022

2017 Nissan Armada Platinum

Platinum 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 7A)

$19,995
Est. $271/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,547 Below market
RMV: $23,542
Spring, TX
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2017 Nissan Armada SUV

SL

$27,965
Est. $379/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,986 Below market
RMV: $32,951
Austin, TX
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2017 Nissan ArmadaHome Delivery
19
Price Drop, $1700
Previous Price: $2169901 Jul 2022

2017 Nissan Armada Platinum

Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 7A)

$19,999
Est. $271/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,531 Below market
RMV: $23,530
Lakewood, NJ
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Colors and Styles

2018 Nissan Armada in Brilliant Silver color
Brilliant Silver

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

Infiniti-like luxury at a Nissan price- Cnet

Reintroduced last year, the Nissan Armada is largely known for its spacious interior and beefy V8 engine. Styling aside, the Armada offers a lot of features but none of them impress the latest generation as they are not modern. The Armada also suffers from poor fuel economy and less cargo space but its balanced handling and good towing capacity help to keep it alive in the segment. 

The ownership costs of the Armada are on par with other Japanese rivals. You can expect around $11,440 every year for its maintenance, repair, fuel, depreciation, etc. The average cost per mile is calculated to be $0.76, which is mostly the same as other Japanese marques. However, it falls short in terms of reliability ratings. It scored 79 out of 100 while its rivals have much better ratings. 


Buying Advice

You should buy the 2018 Nissan Armada SL trim but you need to upgrade to the Premium package as the trims as such lacks basic safety features. This trim adds a power liftgate, power-folding third-row seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, leather upholstery, 20-inch alloy wheels, and heated exterior mirrors, all for the price of $50,850. The optional Premium package adds blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and a power moonroof with front tilt and rear slide.

Features
7.0/10

With extra standard tech features this year, the Armada’s base SV trim increases in price to $46,090- CarGurus

With the addition of the Platinum, the total trim count of the 2018 Nissan Armada is three. The other trims include SV and the SL. The SV starts from $46,090 and it ranges up to $59,190 for the top-end Platinum trim. A destination charge of $1,195 is applicable at the time of purchase. Both RWD and 4WD configurations are available on the Armada.

Trims SV SL Platinum
MSRP (2WD) $46,090 $50,850 $59,190
MSRP (4WD) $48,990 $53,750 $62,090
Key Features 8-inch touchscreen with navigation Adds/ Upgrades to SV trim  Adds/ Upgrades to SL trim
  13-speaker Bose premium audio system 360-degree camera Rear-seat entertainment system
  18-inch alloy wheels Power liftgate Heated second-row seats
  Dual-zone automatic climate control Rain-sensing windshield wipers Heated & ventilated front seats
  Power front seats Leather-appointed seats Heated steering wheel
  Heated front cloth seats Heated exterior mirrors Moonroof
  Rearview camera 20-inch alloy wheels Adaptive cruise control
  Front & rear parking sensors Power-folding third-row seats Automatic emergency braking
  Leather steering wheel Remote engine start Lane departure warning
  Push-button start   Forward collision warning

There is more than enough equipment to keep most families including the parents happy about driving. Nissan also offers a few optional packages for selected trims. The base SV trim is eligible for the $600 Driver package that adds fog lamps, trailer towing harness, power liftgate, trailer brake controller, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, universal garage door opener, and power-folding third-row seats.

Engine and Performance
8.5/10

In normal operation, the 5.6-liter engine is strong and quick, emitting a V-8 burble under moderate acceleration- Cars.com

The Nissan Armada gets its power from a 5.6L V8 engine that makes 390 hp and 394 lb-ft. of torque. All that power is sent to a 7-speed automatic transmission which goes about its business quickly. All this power drives the rear wheels as standard but a full-time 4WD system is available on every Armada for an extra $2,900. This engine has an amazing throttle response and the sound of the V8 is just alluring. One of the nicest things about the transmission is it actually has auto rev-matching downshift. So, when you do ask for more power, you get a nice, smooth power delivery. But sometimes, this transmission hard shifts at low speeds and judders.

The Nissan Armada propels pretty well for an SUV that weighs 5,276 pounds. The 2018 Armada can sprint from 0-60 MPH in 6.2 seconds and can complete the quarter-mile test in 14.8 seconds with a top speed of 135 MPH. The grunty V8 is always ready to deliver smooth power whenever needed, therefore making it possible for brisk acceleration.

Models 2018 Nissan Armada 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe 2018 Ford Expedition 2018 Toyota Sequoia
MSRP $46,090 $47,500 $51,790 $ 48,600
Engine 5.6L V8 5.3L V8 3.5L Turbo V6 5.7L V8
Drivetrain RWD RWD RWD RWD
Transmission 7-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic 10-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic
Power 390 hp @ 5,800 RPM 355 hp @ 5,600 RPM 375 hp @ 5,000 RPM 381 hp @ 5,600 RPM
Torque 394 lb-ft. @ 4,000 RPM 383 lb-ft. @ 4,100 RPM 470 lb-ft. @ 3,500 RPM 401 lb-ft. @ 3,600 RPM
0-60 MPH 6.2 sec 7.5 sec 5.6 sec 6.6 sec
Quarter mile 14.8 sec 15.7 sec 14.2 sec 15.2 sec.
Towing Capacity 8,500 lbs 8,600 lbs 9,300 lbs 7,400 lbs

Unlike some other modern SUVs which have some aspirations of handling well and kind of sticking in the corners, the Armada feels old-school. It means it's just big and floaty. The Armada corners pretty decently for its size but still, at high speeds, you will feel all the bodyweight. The Nissan Armada is one of the comfiest SUVs on the market. The suspension is nice and soft and that equals a very comfortable ride. The steering in the Armada is quite light there's really no feedback coming through the wheel. The Armada isn't a hardcore off-roader but when you look at it for what it is, it does a pretty good job.

The Nissan Armada continues to outshine with its excellent braking performance. The wheels hide 13.8-inch ventilated disc brakes, both in the front and at the back. These brakes work in unison to bring this heavy SUV to a smooth stop from 60 MPH in 128 feet. Every Nissan Armada comes standard with a tow hitch and is capable of towing up to 8,500 pounds. It isn't at the top of any trailering ability but it will certainly tow a lot of boats, recreational vehicles, or even a race car trailer. So, apart from a family hauler and an off-roader, the Armada can also haul large loads with ease.

Fuel Economy
7.0/10

Around 6,000 pounds is a lot to lug around, so it’s no surprise that the 2018 Nissan Armada is among the thirstiest vehicles on the market today- The Car Connection

The 2018 Nissan Armada has one of the worst fuel economies in its segment. In normal form, the 2018 Armada returns 14 MPG in the city, 19 MPG on a highway, and 16 MPG combined. The fuel economy slides down 1 MPG if the 4WD system is selected. These fuel estimates put the Armada at the bottom of the table in its segment.

Models 2018 Nissan Armada 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe 2018 Ford Expedition 2018 Toyota Sequoia
MPG (City) 14 16 17 13
MPG (Highway) 19 23 24 17
MPG (Combined) 16 19 20 15
Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallon) 26.0 26.0 23.3 26.4
Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles) 364/494/429 416/598/507 396/559/477 343/449/396

The Armada comes with a large 26-gallon fuel tank and hence, it delivers 429 miles in combined form while the 4WD models can drive up to 403 miles only. Compared to its rivals, the Armada's driving range is average. So, if you plan on buying the Armada, you better be ready to bring this SUV to the gas station all the time.

Interior
8.0/10

Despite its tall entry height and button-rich control layout, the Armada's interior is attractive and accommodating- Edmunds

While the 2018 Nissan Armada might not be quite as posh as its Infiniti counterpart, the wood trim and the leather accent gets you just about 80% of the way to a luxury wheel. Still, the hard steering wheel plastics do call out as a mainstream vehicle. The Armada seats up to eight or seven if second-row captain chairs are selected. Only the Armada SV trim gets cloth upholstery while the other models come with perforated leather seats. The front seats are very comfortable and supportive.

They are power-adjustable and heated even on the SV trim while the Platinum trim also adds ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. There is a lot of legroom and loads of headroom for the driver and front passenger. The second-row fares nearly as well and the third row is plenty usable even if it is slightly less comfortable for adults than in the other chairs.  Therefore, it is best reserved for kids. A moonroof is standard on the Platinum model but that does not cut the headroom.

Models 2018 Nissan Armada 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe 2018 Ford Expedition 2018 Toyota Sequoia
Passenger Capacity 8 8 8 8
Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) 40.9/63.8/41.9 42.8/64.8/45.3 42.0/64.9/43.9 34.8/66.4/42.5
Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) 40.0/63.4/41.0 38.7/65.1/39.0 40.0/64.8/41.5 34.9/65.6/40.9
Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) 36.4/60.5/28.3 38.1/62.6/24.8 37.3/64.2/40.9 34.5/65.7/35.3
Cargo Capacity (cu-ft.) 16.5 15.3 20.9 18.9

For such a big vehicle, the Nissan Armada's cargo area is surprisingly petite. A dedicated cargo space of 16.5 cubic feet is available. So, if you need more space, you're going to have to fold the third-row seats to get 49.9 cubic feet. If you are still not satisfied, fold the second-row seats as well to get 95.4 cubic feet of cargo space.

This is the area where the Nissan Armada really shows its age. An 8-inch touchscreen is standard on all models. But this touchscreen doesn't have normal functionalities such as pinch-to-zoom or even Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are becoming expected in all segments. This screen has low resolution and the graphics are unclear. The navigation system takes time to respond to the user's inputs.

This system is connected to a 13-speaker Bose premium audio system for keeping your journeys entertained. The grey physical buttons below the screen look cheap and ugly next to the wood trim. But all those controls are nicely placed within the driver's reach. The Platinum and Platinum Reserve models add a rear-seat entertainment system that includes dual 7-inch displays and a DVD player.

Exterior
8.0/10

Rugged yet sophisticated, the Armada’s new design evokes the luxury-meets-utilitarian style of its Infiniti QX80 sibling and even some Range Rovers- Kelly Blue Book

The 2018 Nissan Armada's exterior styling is somewhat similar to the Infiniti QX80. The grille is Nissan's V-motion design with two extra areas on the outside that link it to the Titan. The headlight design is also exclusive to the Armada. They feature LED low beams with halogen high beams on all models. Every trim also gets premium-looking LED DRLs. Fog lamps are, however, standard on all trims except for the SV trim. Since the Armada shares its bones with the overseas Patrol, it gets some good off-roading features like a ground clearance of 9.1 inches.

From the side view, you will notice that the wheel arches are grey-colored on all models. There are also functional air vents above the front wheel arch. The SV trim sits on 18-inch all wheels while the other trims get 20-inch alloy wheels. Each trim level of the Armada comes with a different design. The Armada also comes standard with running boards for easy egress and ingress. Coming to the back, you will see styling different from the boxy design rivals have. The taillights are LED on all models.

Models 2018 Nissan Armada 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe 2018 Ford Expedition 2018 Toyota Sequoia
Curb Weight (lbs) 5,276  5,355  5,443  5,730 
Length (in) 208.9 204.0 210.0 205.1
Width (in) 79.9 80.5 79.9 79.9
Height (in) 75.8 74.4 76.6 77.0
Ground Clearance (in) 9.1 7.9 9.8 9.9
Wheelbase (in) 121.1 116.0 122.5 122.0
Track Width (in) F/R 67.5/67.9 68.7/68.7 67.6/67.2 67.9/69.1

The Toyota Sequoia has the highest ground clearance in this class. Therefore, it is ready to tackle any kind of off-road terrain. At 210 inches, the Ford Expedition is the longest SUV in this competition. So, maneuvering at tight parking spots can be tough. The Chevy Tahoe has the shortest wheelbase here. As a result, it lacks adequate third-row space.

The main exterior features of the Armada are given below:

  • LED headlights and taillights
  • Fog lights
  • Exterior entry lights
  • Front skid plate
  • Power-folding, auto-dimming, heated exterior mirrors
  • Chrome door handles
  • Metallic grille with chrome surround
  • Rear roofline spoiler
  • Running boards
  • Chrome window trim
  • 18 & 20-inch alloy wheels
Safety
9.0/10

The 2018 Nissan Armada hasn't been crash-tested by the  IIHS- MotorTrend

The safety ratings obtained by the 2018 Nissan Armada aren't that impressive. It received a 4-star overall safety rating by NHTSA. Individually, it received five stars for the side-impact crash test and only three stars for the frontal and rollover crash test. Meanwhile, IIHS didn't care to conduct crash tests for the Armada.

To keep the occupants safe, the Armada offers a decent list of driver assistance features. The base Armada SV trim has limited safety features while the Platinum and Platinum Reserve trims add all the available driver aids.  The SL trim buyers should upgrade to the optional Premium package for a few safety techs.

The safety features include:

  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Front & rear parking sensors
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning 
  • Lane keep assist
  • 360-degree camera
  • Backup collision intervention
  • Distance control
Competition
7.0/10

2018 Nissan Armada vs 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe

The Chevy Tahoe is among the least powerful SUVs in its class. Hence, its performance is not worth appreciating. Also, its third row cannot accommodate adults. However, it's a step ahead of the Armada in terms of fuel economy, reliability, and technology. In view of safety, the Tahoe's safety features list almost matches with the Armada.

2018 Nissan Armada vs 2018 Toyota Sequoia

Although the Toyota Sequoia is less powerful, it outshines the Armada with its extraordinary off-roading skills. However, its towing capacity is very less for a large SUV while its fuel economy is poor. The Sequoia has a roomy third row and class-leading cargo space but an outdated infotainment system. There are fewer driver-assist features in the Sequoia but all of them are standard.

Final Verdict

The 2018 Nissan Armada is one of the fine options in this segment but it has its cup of negatives. This is a thirsty vehicle so don't expect to get off the light when it comes to filling up the fuel. It also has a slightly bulked-up exterior styling and the infotainment system is dated and in dire need of an upgrade. Therefore, you should take a look at the 2018 Armada if you want a big three-row, feature-rich SUV at somewhat of a bargain price. It's tough, it'll haul your boat and your kids and it'll stand out from the crowd, for better or for worse.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$65090

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

339 cu in

horse power

390 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

394 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

7 speed Automatic

dimensions
length

209 in

wheelbase

121 in

width

73 in

curb weight

5693 lbs

Height

76 in

Ground Clearance

9 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

153 cu ft

cargo volume

95.4 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

13/15/18 mpg

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


Nissan Armada 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$49,922
5 Year Cost To Own
$72,538
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $72,538
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$12,641$2,964$2,806$3,291$3,118$24,820
Insurance$1,373$1,421$1,471$1,522$1,576$7,363
Fuel$3,546$3,652$3,762$3,874$3,991$18,825
Maintenance$546$927$842$2,476$2,782$7,573
RepairsNANA$111$269$393$773
Financing Interest$2,685$2,159$1,598$1,000$362$7,804
Taxes and Fees$4,311$296$277$259$237$5,380
Total Cost-To-Own$25,102$11,419$10,867$12,691$12,459$72,538
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