2021 Nissan Armada

Rating8.1

Ranked #9 in Fullsize Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$50,100 - $63,530

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Key Spec of 2021 Nissan Armada
fuel economy

13/15/18

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

400 hp @ 5800 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

2021 Nissan Armada Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 23, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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Standing as a synonym for utmost practicality and capability, the 2021 Nissan Armada owns up a decent chunk of the full-size SUVs sales in the United States. Starting at an MSRP of $48,900, a whole $1400 more than the previous 2020 Armada, the Armada 2021 still gets the same 400 hp 5.6L V8 brute engine to power it through, all the while helping it have a towing capacity of 8500 lbs. However, for the year 2021, Nissan brings to the table a refreshed Armada with a new fascia and upgraded tech to lure more customers. Some of the new additions include the standard 12.3-inch infotainment display, 7-inch instrument cluster, new Coulis Red Pearl exterior paint, and a new Armada SL Midnight Edition.

2021 Nissan Armada For Sale

The entry-level 2021 Nissan Armada S trim has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $48,900, which comes with a decent set of standard features. Plus all of the latest safety features are offered from the base S trim itself. The SV trim, priced at $52,900 adds to the S trim features with plenty more creature comforts, while to get premium add-ons like Driver's seat memory settings, and Leather upholstery, you might want to go for the $56,300 priced SL trim. For the price of MSRP $65,300, you can also get the 2021 Armada Platinum variant, which unlike the rest of the trim lineup gets rear captain's chairs, for a more comfortable seating. The market average for the 2021 Armada is set at around $50,200, depending on various factors. You can also lease a new Armada for the base price of $709 per month for a period of 36 months, which excludes the $6500, which is to be paid at signing.

2021 Nissan Armada Buying Advice

Out of the varied trim lineup of the 2021 Armada, we would recommend the SL trim, as for the price of MSRP $56,300, it not only gets the option of the comfortable captain chairs, but also gets other premium fitments to the tune of a moonroof, power-adjustable passenger seats, and 13-speaker Bose audio system. Nissan gave the 2018 Armada new trims, and plenty of premium features that you see as standard now. The average listing price for a Used 2018 Armada is somewhere between $27,000 and $47,400. Rest, you can also opt for the 2019 Armada, which settled for more driver assistance features to be added as standard for the year.

For sale, with a competitive price tag, the 2021 Armada's interior offers exceptional room for both passengers and also cargo. While ruggedness and functionality have never been a problem for this Nissan, modern issues like safety and tech have affected the sales in recent years. With that being said, we can expect the Nissan Armada 2022 to cater to these issues. On the specs front, the 2021 Armada is also the fastest of the lot, with a 0-60 MPH acceleration time of 5.9 seconds. Segment-leading in more ways than one, the 2021 Nissan Armada goes up against the likes of Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Tahoe, and also Toyota Sequoia.

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ProsConsWhat's New

Appealing interior features

Poor fuel economy

Redesigned dashboard with a new 12.3-inch touchscreen

Quiet and powerful engine

Less spacious third row

Advanced driver aids now come standard

Standard advanced safety features

Refreshed front and rear styling

Over All Rating

8.1

Out of 10

Pricing and Features6.00
Features8.00
Engine and Performance8.50
Fuel Economy7.50
Interior8.00
Exterior9.00
Safety8.00
Competition9.00
Notable Rankings

#9 in Fullsize Suv

#11 in Suv


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Trims

SV$50,100 onwards

  • Heated Front Seats

S$51,600 onwards

  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • 60-40 split-bench Third row seats
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking assist
  • Remote keyless entry

SL$51,900 onwards

  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Leather Seat trim
  • Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof

Platinum$60,530 onwards

  • 22-inch machined aluminum Wheels
  • Rain Sensing Windshield wipers

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2022 Nissan Armada38
Price Drop, $2528
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2022 Nissan Armada SL

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

Dealer Price
$55,386
Est. $751/mo
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$4,669 Below market
RMV: $60,055
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MSRP $59,705
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2022 Nissan Armada SL

SL 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 400 hp 7A)

Dealer Price
$58,165
Est. $789/mo
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Miami, FL
MSRP $62,705
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Price Drop, $2433
Previous Price: $5660420 Jun 2022

2022 Nissan Armada SV

SV 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 400 hp 7A)

Dealer Price
$54,171
Est. $735/mo
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$4,534 Below market
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Miami, FL
MSRP $58,355
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2022 Nissan Armada39
Price Drop, $2433
Previous Price: $5660420 Jun 2022

2022 Nissan Armada SV

SV 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 400 hp 7A)

Dealer Price
$54,171
Est. $735/mo
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$4,534 Below market
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Miami, FL
MSRP $58,355
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2022 Nissan Armada SV

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

Dealer Price
$51,152
Est. $694/mo
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$4,203 Below market
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Oceanside, CA
MSRP $54,495
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2021 Nissan Armada SL

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

Dealer Price
$54,495
Est. $739/mo
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$4,390 Below market
RMV: $58,885
Greenville, SC
MSRP $57,495
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2022 Nissan Armada27
Price Drop, $628
Previous Price: $5500024 Jun 2022

2022 Nissan Armada SV

SV 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 400 hp 7A)

Dealer Price
$54,372
Est. $738/mo
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$4,333 Below market
RMV: $58,705
Arlington Heights, IL
MSRP $58,045
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2022 Nissan Armada32
Price Drop, $233
Previous Price: $5588531 May 2022

2022 Nissan Armada SL

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

Dealer Price
$55,652
Est. $755/mo
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$4,403 Below market
RMV: $60,055
Dallas, TX
MSRP $59,705
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2022 Nissan Armada31
Price Drop, $233
Previous Price: $5588531 May 2022

2022 Nissan Armada SL

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

Dealer Price
$55,652
Est. $755/mo
Good deal
$4,403 Below market
RMV: $60,055
Dallas, TX
MSRP $59,705
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Colors and Styles

2021 Nissan Armada in Brilliant Silver color
Brilliant Silver

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2021 MY is offered in a total of 4 main trims along with a special edition by the name of Midnight Edition. It falls in a price range that extends from $48,900 for its base variant and goes up to $68,300 for its top-rack Platinum variant. The 2021 Armada comes with the same 5.6-liter V8, although the engine has been slightly juiced up to bring out 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. Can the updated and refreshed Armada take on the likes of Ford ExpeditionChevrolet Tahoe, and Toyota Sequoia? Let’s find out.


Buying Advice

Choosing a trim solely depends on what you expect from your vehicle, however, if we have to go ahead with a trim, it will be the 2021 Armada SL trim. The SL trim of the Armada offers all the features of the base trims and also comes with many more features which you find in the top-end Platinum trim. However, we would advise you to go ahead with the AWD variant as it provides better capability on the roads. All in all, for $59,300, the SL AWD variant makes for the best value for money option in the lineup.

Features
8.0/10

The 2021 Nissan Armada is available in four main trims, namely S, SV, SL, and Platinum, and the price range revolves between $48,900 to $68,300. Apart from these four trims, Nissan has also provided a special edition for 2021 called Midnight Edition that offers unique features and a blacked-out exterior. All Armada trims are powered by the same 400 hp 5.6 L engine mated to an efficient 7-speed automatic transmission. While the standard 2021 Armada comes in an RWD setup, you can opt for the AWD setup for just a $3000 premium.

Trims

S

SV

SL

Platinum

MSRP (RWD)

$48,900

$52,900

$56,300

$65,300

MSRP (AWD)

$51,900

$55,900

$59,300

$68,300

 

18-inch wheels

In addition to the S trim;

In addition to the SV trim;

In addition to the SL trim;

 

LED headlights

Six-stereo system

20-inch alloy wheels

22-inch alloy wheels

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Heated front seats

Sunroof

Ventilated front seats

 

Power-adjustable steering column

Roof rails

Leather upholstery

Heated steering wheel and second-row seats

 

12.3-inch center touchscreen

Simulated leather upholstery

Driver’s seat memory settings

Power-reclining and power-folding third-row seats

 

Apple CarPlay with wireless functionality

Wireless device charging

13-speaker Bose stereo system

Rear-seat entertainment system

 

Forward collision mitigation

Integrated trailer brake controller

360-degree camera system

 

The base S trim of the SUV has decent features under its belt including dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable steering wheel, 12.3-inch infotainment screen, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and more. As usual, the list of features will continue to grow as you move up the trim ladder. 

Engine and Performance
8.5/10

While there have been many changes on the exterior and tech side of the Nissan Armada for 2021, the powertrain setup remains the same as the last year, which is a 5.6-liter V8 mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. However, for 2021, Nissan has tuned up the engine a bit, and now it puts out 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque in comparison to 390 hp and 394 lb-ft of torque offered last year. The SUV comes with RWD as standard, although one has the option of AWD with all the trims for a premium of 3,000 bucks.

The powertrain setup works smoothly and offers the best-in-class power figure. Also, the SUV manages to perform impressively in real-world scenarios. The 2021 Armada takes a class-leading acceleration time of just 5.9 seconds which ties it with the Ford Expedition for the 0-60 mph. The 2021 Armada takes 15 seconds for a quarter-mile drag race and tops out at 130 mph, making it the fastest SUV in terms of top speed in the competition.

Models

2021 Nissan Armada

2021 Ford Expedition

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Toyota Sequoia

MSRP

$48,900

$52,810

$49,000

$50,400

Engine

5.6-liter V8

3.5-liter Ecoboost V6

5.3-liter V8

5.7-liter V8

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

7-speed automatic

10-speed shiftable automatic

10-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

Power

400 hp @ 5,800 rpm

375 hp @ 5000 rpm

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

381 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque

413 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm

470 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm

383 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

401 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm

0-60 MPH

5.9 seconds

5.9 seconds

6.7 seconds

7.1 seconds

Quarter Mile

15 seconds

14.6 seconds

15.5 seconds

15.3 seconds

Top Speed

130 mph

115 mph

113 mph

115 mph

The ride and handling of the 2021 Nissan Armada are better than you expect from a full-size SUV. Of course, there is going to be body lean around the corners, but the SUV manages to not feel as big as its dimensions, which results in better handling on the roads. As expected, the 2021 Armada feels strong as you push the pedal although not as quick as some of the other rivals in the segment. The SUV offers a smooth and comfortable ride, all thanks to the auto-leveling suspension that manages to absorb all uneven bumps on the road. Thanks to the acoustic windshield, the people sitting inside will enjoy a calm and serene journey.

Taming a full-size SUV of more than 5500 pounds is no trivial task, however, Nissan has granted impressive power to stop this beast in just 115 feet from 60 mph. The 2021 model of the SUV comes with 13.8 inches of brake rotors at both ends, which as we said before, take the least distance in the competition of just 115 feet to reach a halt from 60 mph.

Fuel Economy
7.5/10

Under the hood of the 2021 Armada sits a 400 hp V8, thus we can’t expect from it a lot on the fuel efficiency front, although that is the case with all the rivals with a naturally aspirated V8 mill in the competition. The EPA rated the 2021 Armada for 14 MPG in the city, 19 MPG on the highway, and 16 MPG combined in its RWD configuration. The AWD configuration results in 1 MPG less than the base RWD one. The SUV comes with a fuel tank capacity of 26 gallons, resulting in a range of 364 miles in the city and 494 miles combined.

Models

2021 Nissan Armada

2021 Ford Expedition

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Toyota Sequoia

MPG (City)

14

17

16

13

MPG (Highway)

19

24

20

17

MPG (Combined)

16

20

18

15

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

26

25

28

26.4

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

364/494/N/A

425/600/N/A

448/560/N/A

343.2/448.8/N/A

The 2021 Ford Expedition dominated the department, thanks to the Ecoboost Turbocharged V6 under the hood. The SUV offers a class-leading fuel economy of 17 MPG in the city, 24 MPG on the highway, and 20 MPG combined. The Toyota Sequoia stands as the thirstiest rival in the comparison with a fuel economy of 15 mpg combined. When comparing the overall range, the Expedition gets past its rivals with a highway range of 600 miles.

Interior
8.0/10

The 2021 Nissan Armada can be seen as a cheaper version of Infiniti’s QX80, although when compared with the rivals like Ford Expedition and Chevy Tahoe, the interior of the Armada is pretty impressive to give stiff competition. Not a lot has changed from last year’s model in the Nissan Armada except the inclusion of a bigger 12.3-inch infotainment screen at the center of the dash. The dash of the SUV is covered with a lot of high-quality and soft-touch materials, giving it a premium look.

When it comes to seating, the 2021 Armada comes with a standard seating capacity of 8, although it reduces to 7 in the top-of-the-line Platinum trim, thanks to the captain’s chairs in the second row. The first and second rows of the SUV are quite spacious for a comfortable journey, although that is not the case with the third row. The seats are covered in high-quality synthetic leather, while original leather upholstery becomes standard with the high-end trims.

Models

2021 Nissan Armada

2021 Ford Expedition

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Toyota Sequoia

Seating Capacity

8

8

8

8

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

40.9/63.8/41.9

42/64.9/43.9

42.3/66/44.5

34.8/66.4/42.5

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

40.0/63.4/41.0

40/64.8/41.5

38.7/65.1/39

34.5/65.7/35.3

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

36.4/60.5/28.4

37.3/64.2/40.9

38.1/62.6/24.8

34.5/65.7/35.3

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

16.5

19.3

25.5

18.9

Practicality still remains one of the most important aspects of buying a full-size SUV, and all the SUVs in the competition have taken care of that. All the rivals come with a seating capacity of 8, although not a single one provides adequate space in the third row for fully grown adults. When comparing the cargo capacity, Chevy Tahoe manages to offer the most whereas the Armada offers the least cargo capacity. Few standout interior features available with the SUV include:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • 6-way power-adjustable passenger seat
  • Ventilated front seats (Premium trim)
  • Heated steering wheel and second-row seats (Premium trim)

For 2021, the biggest change apart from the refreshed fascia has to be the inclusion of a bigger 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen which replaces the old 8-inch screen and works on the Nissan Connect System. The SUV has all the regular tech expected from a $50,000 vehicle in the market. Features like USB ports, wireless Apple CarPlay, USB-capable Android Auto, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and more are part of the SUV.

The base trim comes connected to a 4-speaker setup for audio needs, while the SL trim and above offer a 13-speaker Bose Sound System which works wonders for entertainment for the passengers inside. The top-end 2021 Armada Platinum trim offers a rear entertainment setup consisting of two 8-inch screens at the back of the front-seat headrests.

Exterior
9.0/10

The biggest difference from last year’s Nissan Armada has to be the freshened front which now holds a new LED headlights setup, fenders, front bumper, and hood. However, the Armada exterior still looks big and bold, giving it a solid presence on the roads. The SUV carries at the front the signature V-motion grille along with new LED headlights and running lights, while the LED taillights complete the overall look of the SUV.

The rear has a big bumper which can be a pain while loading and unloading the luggage. The use of chrome at the side which goes around the D-Pillar and then windshield gives the SUV a classy and premium look. The base Armada S trim runs on 18-inch wheels, while the high-end Platinum gets 22-inch alloy wheels which improve the overall impact of the SUV.

Models

2021 Nissan Armada

2021 Ford Expedition

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Toyota Sequoia

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,672

5,443

5,473

5,730

Length (in)

208.9

210

210.7

205.1

Width (in)

79.9

79.9

80.5

79.9

Height (in)

75.8

76.4

75.8

77.0

Ground Clearance (in)

9.1

9.8

7.9

9.9

Wheelbase (in)

121.1

122.5

120.9

122.0

All the SUVs are built big and bold to perform in any condition thrown at them. However, the Toyota Sequoia stands as the heaviest option whereas the Expedition stands lightest, measuring 5,730 and 5,443 lbs, respectively. When comparing the ground clearance, Toyota offers the most at 9.9 inches, followed by Expedition, Armada, and Tahoe at 9.8, 9.1, and 7.9 inches, respectively.

A few standout exterior highlights of the SUV include:

  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Automatic Headlamps
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • All-LED exterior lights
  • Sunroof (SL and Premium trim)
  • 22-inch alloy wheels (Premium trim)
  • Midnight Edition comes with a fully blacked-out exterior
Safety
8.0/10

It’s hard for big block SUVs to keep rollover in check, and that’s the case with the Nissan Armada too. While the agencies like NHTSA and IIHS haven’t crash-tested the 2021 model, the 2020 Armada disappointed us with its 3-star rating in both rollover and front crash impact tests. The only place the SUV performed decently is the side impact test where it received an acceptable 4-star rating out of 5 stars. While the standard safety features are present as before, however, for 2021, Nissan has offered a variety of advanced safety features under the umbrella of Nissan Safety Shield 360, which is standard across the trims.

Major safety features from the package include:

  • Forward collision mitigation
  • Lane departure warning
  • Rear automatic braking
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Front and rear parking sensors
Competition
9.0/10

2021 Nissan Armada vs 2021 Ford Expedition

With a price difference of around $3,000, the 2021 Ford Expedition comes out to be the expensive option. When comparing the two SUVs, both take the same 5.9 seconds to complete 0-60 mph, however, the Expedition gets ahead in the quarter-mile by a difference of around 0.2 seconds. While the 2021 Armada is more powerful, the Expedition offers a better torque figure.

The Ford Expedition also enjoys better fuel economy and range, thanks to its Ecoboost V6 compared to Armada’s naturally aspirated V8 mill. If we have to select between the two, the 2021 Ford Expedition seals the deal.

2021 Nissan Armada vs 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

The 2021 Nissan Armada enjoys an advantage over Chevy when it comes to all-out performance but Chevy balances it out with better space for passengers and cargo at the back.

The 2021 Chevy Tahoe also offers better fuel efficiency between the two and better high-speed stability, whereas the Armada offers a more refined interior in its reply. All in all, opting between the two depends on what you expect from your full-size SUV.

Final Verdict

The Nissan Armada has been consistent in offering ruggedness and practicality since it came into existence in 2004, however, the 2021 model comes with more than just that as it offers better comfort, safety, and tech to the people sitting inside. The capable 5.6-liter engine under the hood performs impressively on paper and in real-world scenarios. However, fuel efficiency does take a back seat in achieving that feat. The Ford Expedition manages to offer a better package with a perfect balance of comfort, power, efficiency, and safety. However, if a tough-built SUV with enough grunt is your main concern, then the 2021 Nissan Armada can be a sweet deal for you.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$51600

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
transmission

7-Speed Automatic

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

13/15/18 mpg

highway range

468.00 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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