2019 Nissan Armada

MSRP $47,100

Ranked #4 in Fullsize Suv

8.3

Overall Rating

2019 Nissan Armada Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 29, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Armada is kind of based on Nissan’s luxury sub-brand Infiniti’s QX80. The Japanese SUV is pretty big, meant for big families. No matter how you look at it, Nissan did very little to make it look or feel like a modern SUV. The old school vibe really does not help here. The interior is pretty gorgeous and luxurious, but it lies way behind the pack with its tech. 

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Pros

Potent V8 powertrain

Gorgeous interior materials

Decent list of standard features

Muscular towing capacity

Cons

Unacceptable fuel economy

No smartphone integration (Apple Carplay and Android Auto)

Steering is not precise

What's New?

New standard driver-assistance features, such as adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking and a “Rear Door Alert


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$47100

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

120 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

339 cu.in.

horsepower

390 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

394 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

7 speed automatic

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

121.1 in.

length

208.9 in.

width

79.9 in.

height

75.8 in.

curb weight

5576 lbs.

ground clearance

9.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

154.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

95.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

8500 lbs.

payload capacity

1724 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

zero to 100 mph

16 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

6.1

standing 1/4-mile

14.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/16/19 mpg

highway range

409.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 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$47,100 onwards

Colors and Styles

2019 Nissan Armada in Brilliant Silver color
Brilliant Silver

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.1

Engine and Performance

8.2

Fuel Economy

7.4

Interior

7.6

Exterior

9.9

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.6

Final Verdict

5.6

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.3

Overall Rating


You can at least enjoy the powerful engine, as the Armada goes back and forth in the things it has to offer. The Armada starts at $47,100 and goes up against the full fleet of American big boys – Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon.


8.2/10
Engine and Performance

7.4/10
Fuel Economy

7.6/10
Interior

9.9/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

8.6/10
Competition

5.6/10
Final Verdict


2019 Nissan Armada Features

The 2019 Armada comes in three distinct trims. The SV starts at $47,100 and the Platinum is the king of the hill trim at a hefty $60,330. Each trim can either be had in 2WD or 4WD config. The 4WD models obviously cost $3000 more. All the trims are powered by the same engine, however. All trims offer an impressive list of features too.

Trim

SV

SL

Platinum

MSRP (RWD)

$47,100

$51,900

$60,330

MSRP (4WD)

$50,100

$54,900

$63,330

Key Features

18” Alloy Wheels

Adds/upgrades to features of SV

Adds/upgrades to features of SL

 

Automatic LED Headlights

20” alloy wheels

Power glass moonroof

 

8” NissanConnect touchscreen

Rain-sensing wipers

Forward and Rearward Automatic Emergency Braking

 

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control

Power-Adjustable Third Row Seat

Second-row heated captain’s chairs

 

10-way adjustable front heated seats w/ power lumbar

Front fog lights

Tri-zone entertainment system with dual 8” monitors

 

NissanConnect Selective Service Internet Access

Leather interior upholstery

Heated and cooled front seats

 

Leather steering wheel

Driver seat memory

Following distance indicator

 

13 speaker Bose Premium Audio

Steering wheel memory settings

Intelligent blind-spot and lane intervention

 

Cloth upholstery

Surround-view 360-degree camera

Intelligent Lane Intervention

As you can see, even the base model sports an impressive array of features. However, leather is only introduced in the SL trim and upwards for maximum luxury. There are three primary packages available for upgrade. The Driver Package includes an auto-dimming interior rearview mirror, power liftgate, trailer towing harness, etc. The Premium Package will add driver-assistance features such as Blind Spot Warning, Intelligent Back-Up Intervention, Intelligent Distance Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and a power sliding moonroof. Finally, there is the Platinum Reserve package for the top-end trim, which adds cosmetic upgrades such as dark chrome exterior trim on the grille door handles, mirrors, etc along with 20” Dark Chrome Alloy wheels and a bunch of other exterior upgrades.

Which trim should you buy?

The SL is the trim that is most optimally priced for most people and it also adds luxury with the introduction of leather upholstery. It also has larger wheels, a power liftgate, memory settings, surround-view camera and also power-folding third-row seats. Get the AWD for the best grip on the road. Also, add the Premium Package for the extra driver-assistance features.

2019 Nissan Armada Engine and Performance

8.2/10

All the trims of the 2019 Armada are powered by a raucous 5.6L direct-injection V8 that is capable of pumping out a hefty 390 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to seven-speed automatic transmission and power can either be delivered to the front wheels or all four wheels. The engine is pretty powerful, with thumping throttle response and 390 horses at disposal. With quick throttle responses, a quick transmission is also mandatory. The seven-speed auto is just that. It offers smooth and responsive power shifts. You also get tons of torque to immediately get the power to the wheels. It’s surprising that Nissan chose to go with only one engine, even though the Platinum is priced at a very high premium.

The monstrous V8 is able to get this humongous mass to 60 MPH in just 6.5 seconds; surprisingly quick. Also, it can hit the quarter-mile in an impressive 15 seconds. The gruntling engine is also powerful enough to tow up to 8,500 lbs. You’d also be pleased to know that this can also take off the roads for extra adventures.

Models

2019 Nissan Armada

2019 Ford Expedition

2019 Chevrolet Tahoe

2019 GMC Yukon

MSRP

$48,495

$53,525

$49,295

$49,600

Engine

5.6L Naturally Aspirated V-8

3.5L Twin-Turbo V-6

5.3L Naturally Aspirated V-8

5.3L Naturally Aspirated V-8

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

7-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-Speed Automatic

Power 

390hp @ 5,800rpm

375hp @ 5,000rpm

355hp @ 5,600rpm

355hp @ 5,600rpm

Torque

394lb-ft @ 4,000rpm

470lb-ft @ 3,500rpm

383lb-ft @ 4,100rpm

383lb-ft @ 4,100rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.5

5.9

6.7

7.2

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

15.0

14.8

15.2

15.5

Top-Speed (MPH)

130

120

113

113

The Armada sits atop the list when it comes to raw power output. The GM sisters trail by quite a significant margin. As a result, the Armada is quicker than most except the Ford Expedition which comes with a twin-turbo V6 that churns out a massive 470 lb-ft torque. It’s also the quickest to reach the quarter-mile. But as a bonus, Armada is the cheapest.

How well does the 2019 Nissan Armada handle?

One of the biggest perks of the 2019 Armada is its handling characteristics. The Japanese SUV does not hide its weight, but while on the road, it feels like a much more compact and well-balanced ride. It handles better than it looks. The issue, however, is the steering is uncommunicative and won’t offer you feedback from the wheels. But it gets the job done. You can throw it around corners with minimal to no body roll. Get the AWD to keep the car totally planted to the ground.

Armada’s ride is also very comfortable. The suspension is excellent and manages to absorb most bumps and keeps the occupants in utter luxury all the time. The cabin is quiet and well-insulated. The comfortable ride is further enhanced by the comfy seats. The surprisingly nimble SUV can also be taken off-road, where it manages to hold its own quite impressively too.

Braking Performance

The gigantic SUV comes with 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-wheel ABS and emergency braking as standard. The front rotors are 13.8” in diameter, while the rear rotors are also 13.8”. You will be glad to know that the brake is very responsive. The pedal has minimal travel and it has very impressive feedback with consistency. Not just that, this ginormous 5578 lbs SUV has one of the most powerful brakes in the segment. It takes only 128 ft to make this hulk come to a complete halt from 60 MPH. From 70 MPH, it takes 182 ft. Pretty impressive stat for an SUV in this class.

Models

2019 Nissan Armada

2019 Ford Expedition

2019 Chevrolet Tahoe

2019 GMC Yukon

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13.8

13.0

13.0

13

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

13.8

13.5

13.6

13.6

Curb Weight (lbs)

5578

5443

5355

5379

60-0MPH (feet)

128

121

121

122

As you can see, the Japanese SUV comes with the largest brake rotors. But, it consumes the most distance to come to a stop. Granted, the difference is almost negligible. It’s more impressive since the Nissan is the heaviest of the bunch.

2019 Nissan Armada Fuel Economy

7.4/10

Fuel economy is where the good run of the Armada comes to a crashing halt. It offers one of the worst fuel economies in the segment. EPA estimates rate 14MPG for the city, 19MPG for highway and 16 MPG for combined driving; in the FWD configuration. The AWD sips more fuel and returns 13/18/15 MPG for city/highway/combined driving respectively. The hungry V8 sips a ton of fuel for its performance, which makes it very inefficient at this segment of luxury SUVs.

The gas tank is a size of 26-gallons, which is quite big, but it still only offers 364/494/416 miles for city/highway/combined driving respectively; for the FWD. The AWD returns 338/468/390 miles for the same. While the range might look impressive on paper, the rivals simply outclass it with way more distance to run.

Models

2019 Nissan Armada

2019 Ford Expedition

2019 Chevrolet Tahoe

2019 GMC Yukon

MPG (City)

14

17

15

15

MPG (Highway)

19

24

22

22

MPG (Combined)

16

20

18

18

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

26

23.3

26

26

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

364/494/390

396/559/466

390/572/468

390/572/468

The Expedition is the most fuel-efficient, while the Armada sits at the bottom of the list. The GM sisters also get the edge on it. The three American SUVs offer a big overhead in total range compared to the Japanese, which hurts its practicality points.

2019 Nissan Armada Interior

7.6/10

The 2019 Armada features a fresh take on the interior different from most other Nissan vehicles. The interior has a refreshing design, featuring high-quality materials. Not just that, the build quality is commendable and reliable. The dashboard in the higher trims sports a wood interior trim which enhances the beauty. The base trim features cloth upholstery, while the SL and Platinum trim brings in leather upholstery, on most surfaces. The gear shifter material, door trim insert, are all adorned in beautiful leather. It also features voice-controlled dual-zone automatic climate control, with tri-zone in the Platinum trim. The highest trim sports a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel with auto-tilt away.

There are three rows inside the Armada. The second row can optionally be equipped as captain’s chairs for maximum comfort. The base trim features a heated 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat including 2-way power lumbar support. The passenger’s seat is 8-way power-adjustable including 2-way power lumbar support. The Platinum trim features both heated and ventilated front seats with driver seat memory. The captain’s chairs are pretty comfortable and they are cooled too, in the highest trim. The first and second row, in general, is pretty spacious. However, the third row is very congested and only fit for children or teenagers. The Japanese SUV sits way high off the ground and visibility is also not an issue.

Models

2019 Nissan Armada

2019 Ford Expedition

2019 Chevrolet Tahoe

2019 GMC Yukon

Seating Capacity

8

8

8

8

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg, in inches)

40.9/63.8/41.9

42.0/64.9/43.9

42.8/64.8/45.3

42.8/64.8/45.3

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg, in inches)

40.0/63.4/39.0

40.0/64.8/41.5

38.7/65.1/39.0

38.7/65.1/39

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg, in inches)

36.4/60.5/28.3

37.3/64.2/40.9

38.1/62.6/24.8

38.1/62.6/24.8

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

16.5

20.9

15.3

15.3

Cargo spacing is not a stronghold of this SUV. With the third row of seats up, you are allocated 16.5 cubic feet – enough for groceries, a couple of luggage and a few other small things. With the third row of seats down, which are power-folding in the higher trims, you are greeted with 49.9 cubic feet. Finally, with the 60/40-split rear seats down, the area is expanded to 95.4 cubic feet, which is pretty massive for any sort of storage. The first row and second row are very spacious in all of the SUVs. However, problems begin in the third row. While the Armada, Tahoe and Yukon are not really fit for any adults, the Expedition does an excellent job here, offering tons of legroom and shoulder room. The Ford also delivers the best cargo capacity on the list.

Standout interior features:

  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Driver seat memory
  • Heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel w/ auto-tilt away
  • Voice-activated tri-zone climate control
  • Simulated wood trim
  • Leather-appointed seat trim
  • Door mirrors and steering wheel memory settings

What’s there to keep you entertained?

This is another aspect where the 2019 Armada falls behind the competition. The standard system is an 8” NissanConnect infotainment touchscreen integrated into the dashboard. It’s not very modern and as a result, can get pretty slow. Not the most intuitive and also not the most responsive. The base trim offers a host of standard features, such as Nissan navigation system w/ enhanced voice recognition, SiriusXM Radio, SiriusXM Traffic, HD radio, Bluetooth, USB ports and speed-sensitive volume control. 

The surprising part is the absence of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, even in this modern-day and age. But even the base trim enjoys a 13-speaker Bose premium sound system, with Bose AudioPilot. The Platinum trim gets dual 8” rear entertainment screens, along with two wireless headphones. There’s also a DVD player to keep your rear occupants entertained.

Highlights of the infotainment system are –

  • NissanConnect infotainment system
  • Bluetooth
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • SiriusXM Traffic
  • HD radio
  • Dual 8” rear infotainment systems w/ DVD player
  • 13-speaker Bose premium audio system

2019 Nissan Armada Exterior

9.9/10

The 2019 Armada can be a polarizing design. Some people might like how it looks, some people might not. Its huge frame is not intimidating but can be attractive to a lot of people. The front fascia features the huge “V”-shaped Nissan chrome grille. The headlights are carved on the edge of the “V”. The front bumper is also quite large. The SV trim also features front fog lamps. The sides feature running boards to help to get into the car. 

The side profile makes this humongous actually look humungous. The windows have a beautiful chrome outlining. The rear sees two rather normal-looking tail lights with a pretty normal rear design. The SL trim rides on 18” alloy wheels. The SV trim rides on 20” machined finished painted alloy and the Platinum trim rides on 20” machine-faced chrome wheels. Also, you get LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). Overall, the heft of the SUV is sure present, but it looks decent, without being too outlandish.

Models

2019 Nissan Armada

2019 Ford Expedition

2019 Chevrolet Tahoe

2019 GMC Yukon

Curb weight (lbs.)

5578

5443

5355

5379

Length(in)

208.9

210.0

204.0

203.9

Width(in)

79.9

79.9

80.5

80.5

Height(in)

75.8

76.6

74.4

74.4

Ground clearance (in)

9.1

9.8

7.9

8.0

Wheelbase (in)

121.1

122.5

116.0

116

The Expedition comes with a massive wheelbase, which allows it to have the most spacious rear row and cargo. The wheelbase of the GM sisters is shorter, that’s why they suffer the most. Also, the Expedition and Armada have the highest ground clearance.

Standout exterior features:

  • 20” machine-faced chrome with tinted CC
  • Tow hooks in the front and rear bumper
  • Heated auto-dimming side mirrors with power folding
  • Running boards
  • LED DRLs
  • Front fog lamps
  • Roof rack rails

2019 Nissan Armada Safety

9.0/10

The 2019 Nissan Armada’s huge body is not unsafe. Nissan has made sure to offer a strong chassis, but it still is far from perfect. As such, NHTSA rates the Armada a 4-star overall out of 5. The overall front star rating is just 3 stars with the driver’s side receiving only 2 stars. But the overall side ratings are all a flawless 5-star. The rollover rating is a 3-star. Unfortunately, IIHS has not yet rated the Armada, but we guess they would come to similar conclusions. So, overall, the Japanese SUV’s front side seems to be its weakest link. But that doesn’t stop Nissan from offering most of the modern safety and driver assistance features. 

Standout safety features:

  • NissanConnect Services Emergency SOS
  • Forward Collision Warning with AEB
  • Blind Spot Intervention (higher trim)
  • Lane Intervention Lane Keeping Assist (higher trims)
  • Lane Intervention Lane Departure Warning (higher trims)
  • Intelligent Around View Monitor (higher trims)
  • Intelligent Distance Control (optional)
  • Intelligent Back-Up Intervention (optional)

2019 Nissan Armada Competition

8.6/10

2019 Nissan Armada vs 2019 Ford Expedition

The Expedition has a larger wheelbase than the Armada, not only making it even more humongous but also offering excellent third-row spacing and cargo spacing. Fuel economy is another bonus. The performance is decent, but not on par with the Japanese SUV. It rides and handles well too. Overall, the Japanese are a clear choice, but the Expedition is more practical.

2019 Nissan Armada vs 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe

The Tahoe is a strong offering from Chevy, but it too cannot match the Armada’s quick acceleration. It also has lesser power to offer, and it's also not the most practical three-row SUV out there. However, it's got a better infotainment system with an array of OnStar safety features. It also looks more modern and cooler than the Japanese.

2019 Nissan Armada vs 2019 GMC Yukon

The Yukon is one of America’s favorite SUVs. It is identical to the Tahoe, as they are built on the same platform. So, the story here remains the same. The Yukon is not as powerful as the Armada, but it has a better infotainment system with OnStar safety features. It also loses out on practicality but has better fuel economy. It might not be as good, but it's pretty massive. It is a tough call between these two.

2019 Nissan Armada Final Verdict

5.6/10

The 2019 Nissan Armada stands tall as a tough rival to all of the American three-row SUVs in its class. Offering a host of standard features with a very luxurious interior, paired with the Armada’s quick acceleration and fun handling, makes it even more competitive. However, its terrible fuel economy and lack of modern infotainment features make it susceptible to lose against rivals such as the Ford Expedition.

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