The 2021 Nissan Armada has been heavily updated, with bold new looks, modernized technology, and a more powerful engine. If you have been looking for a comfortable, reliable, and capable SUV with all the latest features, then you cannot go wrong with Nissan's flagship product. You can transport up to eight passengers in comfort from the city streets to the back roads, and you can even hitch up a trailer weighing up to 8,500 if you have a boat or camper you want to bring with you on vacation. If you need a vehicle that can do it all, then the 2021 Nissan Armada is a great place to start.
This full-size SUV is offered in four trim levels starting with the base SV, which has a starting MSRP of $52,600. With this trim comes leatherette seats, meaning you won't find any cloth on the Armada's seats whatsoever, along with a highly tech-centric interior that includes a massive 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen standard. The SL trim includes 20-inch wheels and will swap the leatherette seat trim with genuine leather. The Midnight Edition is then the next available trim, which brings a unique black interior color scheme that complements the black grille and exterior color. Lastly, the Platinum is the final available trim for the Armada, which upgrades to a massive set of 22-inch wheels, along with leather seats that feature a quilted design for an extra layer of luxurious aesthetic.
There's only one engine for the Armada, and in many ways, it's the perfect engine for a full-size SUV. This helps to simplify the buying process significantly as offering one powertrain configuration can help drivers focus on other aspects of the vehicle, such as the interior and exterior. The engine inside of the 2021 Armada is a powerful 5.6L V8 that comes paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission. Driving the Armada will net you a smooth ride because of this, and the 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque in the uprated 2021 engine will only make the ride feel that much stronger as a result.
While the Armada doesn't win any awards for its fuel efficiency, the EPA-estimated ratings that this vehicle does receive should suffice plenty of drivers. These ratings are dependent on whether you've opted for an RWD Armada or a 4WD variant, with the former getting 14 MPG city and 19 MPG highway while the latter gets 13 MPG city and 18 MPG highway. However, it's because of the powerful engine that the Armada can tow a maximum capacity of 8,500 lbs, which leaves plenty of room for possibilities in regards to trailering options.
As the 2021 Armada is a full-size SUV, it supports a maximum seating capacity of eight passengers. Comfort is emphasized from the start, and even those who purchase the base model can enjoy ten-way power-adjustable seats with lumbar support for both themselves and their front-seat passenger. Heated seats are also standard on every trim, with the Platinum further upgrading to climate-controlled seats that are heated and cooled. Up in the front row of models without a moonroof, you'll have 40.9-inches of headroom and 41.9-inches of legroom. Second-row passengers then get 40-inches of headroom and 41-inches of legroom, and lastly, the third-row passengers will have 36.4-inches of headroom and 28.4-inches of legroom. These dimensions prove that the Armada is a spacious ride regardless of where you're sitting in the cabin.
The spacious cabin also means that the Armada has an ample amount of cargo space at its disposal. With just the front row of seats in place, the Armada comes equipped with an excellent 95.4 cu ft of space, which is reduced to 49.9 cu ft if the middle row of seats is in place. With all of the seats folded upright and all eight passengers are on-board, then the Armada will still have 16.5 cu ft of space, so cargo should never be too much of a concern with this vehicle. Cargo space along with passenger capacity are some of the largest advantages to purchasing a full-size SUV, and with the 2021 Armada, you'll get the best of both worlds.
One of the most significant updates to the 2021 Armada is its infotainment center that comes standard with a gigantic 12.3-inch touchscreen. Every Armada comes equipped with Bluetooth for wireless audio and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Additionally, Nissan has opted to include wireless phone charging along with Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into the Armada, completely mitigating the need for a pesky USB cable. USB ports are still available for charging and syncing your devices, and you'll find four USB ports in the Armada standard, with five ports on higher-tier models.
When it comes to sound quality, the base trim comes with a six-speaker sound system. However, every other trim sports a Bose premium audio system that comes at no extra cost. With thirteen speakers and Bose AudioPilot noise cancellation technology, this sound system is simply excellent.
Every Nissan Armada comes equipped with Nissan's Safety Shield 360, a package that combines some of the most popular safety features and is available to you at no extra cost. Safety Shield 360 brings with it features that ultimately make your driving experience a much safer one whether you're traveling on the freeway or in a suburban neighborhood. The features that help make this a reality include Automatic Emergency Braking that comes with Pedestrian Detection built-in as well. If you are about to collide with another vehicle, Automatic Emergency Braking will help to stop your vehicle if you can't react fast enough. Pedestrian Detection can do the same for pedestrians that you don't see, such as someone crossing the street unexpectedly.
Accidents can occur at any point when driving, and one of the most notable accidents can occur when reversing out of a parking space or a driveway. Fortunately for Armada drivers, Safety Shield 360 includes both Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Automatic Braking, both of which are designed to assist in preventing any of these accidents related to backing up your vehicle. Rear Automatic Braking also helps when you're parking as the Armada will apply its brakes before it makes contact with whatever is in the way. Rear Cross-Traffic Alert will warn you by signaling an alert if there's a bypassing vehicle while you're reversing.
Blind Spot Warning is another standard feature that comes with the Armada, which is important to note because this feature is not guaranteed to be included on many competing models. Blind Spot Warning is designed to increase your overall awareness while on the road, and it does this by utilizing sensors located near your blind spot to warn you if a vehicle is in the way. While driver diligence is still required, its features such as this make everyday travel that much simpler and safer.
Nissan's Safety Shield 360 also includes Lane Departure Warning, allowing the vehicle to signal alerts to you to get your attention if you're accidentally crossing lanes. This safety suite is then topped off with High Beam Assist, which is best considered as smart headlamps. These headlamps can automatically switch your vehicle's high beams on and off while taking visibility and other drivers on the road into consideration. All of these features ultimately help to make the 2021 Armada a terrific value and the perfect choice for those who would like to optimize the safety of their SUV.