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The 2017 Nissan Armada takes on a completely different look than its predecessor. Actually, the sheet metal comes from the Nissan Patrol, with only tweaks made for America. Up front, the Armada features a bold, chromed version of Nissan's "V Motion" grille. LED headlights and daytime running lights are standard, and fog lights are standard on the SL and Platinum models.
Functional air intakes are located in the front fenders, and all four fenders have contrasting paint on the wheel flares. Perhaps the most noticeable feature of the Armada is the unique side window line, which angles sharply at the rear and imparts a sense of motion. Wheels are 18s on the base model with 20s for the others.
At the rear, the Armada has LED taillights and a prominent bumper than contributes to the Armada's 5-inch length advantage over the Chevrolet Tahoe.
The overall look is predictably macho, though it also adopts some of the soft, organic shapes of the Infiniti QX80. The contrasting fender flares and the chrome around the windows give it an upscale appearance.
With its Patrol body and QX80 frame, the 2017 Nissan Armada rides on some pretty serious hardware. The boxed frame is larger in key areas, increasing from 2.4 to 3.9 inches in height. All told, bending stiffness increases by 20 percent. To that ladder frame Nissan mounts double wishbone suspensions front and rear, as well as a load-leveling rear air suspension.
Like its predecessor, the 2017 Nissan Armada is powered by a 5.6-liter V-8. However, numerous updates give this engine more power. Horsepower increases considerably from 317 to 390, and torque increases modestly from 385 to 394 pound-feet. Most of those gains can be attributed to higher compression and the addition of direct injection and variable valve timing and lift. The 5.6 is also now mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission that replaces the old 5-speed automatic.
Nissan outfits the Armada quite well, too. Even the base model has heated front seats, a navigation system, and a 13-speaker Bose audio system.
This big SUV also has plenty of space. Nissan offers two seating configurations. The standard setup is for eight occupants with 60/40-split folding second and third rows. The Platinum model offers second-row captain's chairs. The Platinum also comes with a power-folding third row that takes almost 16 seconds to power up or down, which seems like an eternity.
The driver is perched high on the front seat, and we found that it doesn't have enough range of motion for those who like to tilt the front of the seat bottom up and the back down. Otherwise, the front seats are comfortable and offer plenty of space for just about anyone.
*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program.