Research 2017 Nissan Armada Illinois
This is a Nissan Armada review for Chicago area residents that serves as a starting point for 2017 Nissan Armada research. Come to our Illinois Nissan dealership for a test drive of the Armada and to speak with a sales expert.
Vehicle Research and Vehicle Strengths
The Armada is befittingly called so because of its huge size; indeed, it’s Nissan largest SUV. The vehicle endured a super-long first production cycle before Nissan decided to renew it for a second go-round. The carmaker unveiled the completely redesigned SUV at the Chicago Auto Show on February 10, 2016. The 2017 Nissan Armada sports some of the main strengths of the full-size SUV segment. It is indeed huge, with ample interior space to match. There’s up to 171.1 cubic feet of total interior space, with a huge portion of it dedicated to ensuring that up to eight adult passengers are really comfortable. There’s also the workhorse required to propel this large automobile: a huge, 5.6-liter V8 that packs a lot of bite to go with its bark. Thanks to its powertrain, the Nissan Armada can tow up to 8,500 lbs. And more than just a vehicle of utility, this SUV is quiet inside, with loads of amenities to exude an aura of premium quality.
Changes and Value
The new SUV uses the same platform that is on the Nissan Patrol and Infiniti QX80 SUVs. The vehicle is now longer and wider, while shorter and possessing a smaller wheelbase. A 7-speed automatic transmission replaces the 5-speed automatic transmission of the first-generation vehicle to bolster acceleration, torque, and fuel efficiency. Also, the VK56DE, which is the first-generation 5.6-liter V8, is replaced by a more powerful 5.6-liter V8 named Endurance. The starting MSRP range of the new Nissan SUV is $44,400 to $57,090. Based on its research, aggregation, and evaluation of automotive data, U.S. News & World Report names it #2 in its “Large SUVs” category. The publication also acknowledges it as among the top ten in its “SUVs with 3 Rows” category.
The 2017 edition is the first model year of the nameplate’s second generation of production. It is split into three models: the base-level SV, the mid-tier SL, and the top-of-the-line Platinum.
Key Trim Features
The Endurance engine on the new SUV produces 390 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque. The 7-speed automatic transmission to which the engine is hitched has a Tow/Haul mode to enable its awesome towing capability. Although rear-wheel drive is the standard drivetrain on this large SUV, you have the choice of going with the All-Mode 4WD® instead. This all-wheel drive system has a two-speed transfer case to switch between two-wheel and all-wheel drive when needed for maximized traction. An all-wheel independent double-wishbone suspension with stabilizer bars makes your rides on rougher terrain as smooth as possible, all-wheel anti-lock ventilated disc brakes shorten stopping distances and keep the wheels from locking up, and engine speed-sensitive power steering for sharp and precise handling. Front seating consists of an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and front passenger seat with power lumbar support and heating capability. Second- and third-row seats can be folded down to expand luggage space. Leather seat trim, power third-row foldability, and a memory system on the driver’s seat are extended to the SL. On the Platinum, Nissan adds cooling capability on all seats, and heating capability on the third row and the steering wheel. However, the Platinum has two captain’s seats on the second row instead of the regular bench seat, thus reducing the maximum seating capacity to seven. For entertainment, the new Nissan SUV comes with a 13-speaker Bose® audio system, which includes illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls, a CD player with MP3 and WMA playback capability, and a three-month SiriusXM satellite radio subscription. The Platinum gets additional Bluetooth connectivity for audio streaming, dual 7-inch monitors, and a DVD player with remote control and two wireless headphones. At the base level, comfort and convenience features include cruise control, Bluetooth hands-free phone calling, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote engine start, remote keyless entry, push-button engine start, voice-activated navigation system with an 8-inch touchscreen monitor, and a rearview camera. Nissan adds auto-dimming to the rearview mirror, a universal transceiver for remote-controlling garage doors, and a 360-degree camera in place of the rearview camera on the SL. Intelligent cruise control and a three-month subscription to NavTraffic® and NavWeather® are added on the Platinum. Dual front impact airbags, dual side impact airbags, and side curtain airbags for all three rows provide crash protection. Also standard are electronic vehicle stability, traction control, hill start assist, brake assist, and electronic brake-force distribution. Moving object detection, which comes with the 360-degree camera, is present on the SL and Platinum. And the Platinum is unique with features like distance control assist, blind spot warning and intervention, backup collision intervention, predictive forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, and lane departure warning and lane departure prevention.
Although many automotive reviewers feel that the 2017 Nissan Armada got a little long in the tooth by going for over a decade without a major facelift, they believe the template redeemed itself with the 2017 model year. In its Nissan Armada review, Kirk Bell of The Car Connection writes: “After rotting on the vine for years, the [vehicle's] redesign brings it upscale and makes it competitive with its recently updated truck-based full-size SUV rivals.” Are you in the Chicago area and ready to take this new large SUV for a test drive? At Woodfield Nissan, an Illinois Nissan dealership, we have a rich collection of units to make your pick from. Woodfield Nissan is also home to sales professionals who will work with you to get into the vehicle of your specifications—and at your preferred price point. Also check out the official Nissan website for additional 2017 Nissan Armada research.
*The above information is regarding the base model 2017 Nissan Armada. Standard specs and features may change from year to year. Contact our dealership with any questions regarding the new or used vehicle you’re inquiring about.