We’re sure that Nissan still wants its full-sized Armada to do well, but there’s just a number of things about it that makes the though of it burning up the sales floor a pipe-dream. In a market that includes the Toyota Land Cruiser and the Jeep Grand Cherokee , Nissan isn’t doing the Armada justice by keeping its outdated looks going.
That’s the biggest concern we have of the Armada, but its not the only one. The SUV does have a lot of optional equipment available, which is a good thing if the Armada’s basic template was already good enough to stand on its own. But it’s not, and Nissan should’ve just done its customers a solid by at least adding some of this equipment as standard features.
It’s performance numbers is up-to-par with its competitors, which is a sigh of relief. But for the most part, the Armada really deserved better than what Nissan’s giving it in it in 2014.
So we’re hoping that a next-gen model is in the works. Otherwise, the Armada will likely continue to loiter in obscurity, as its rivals take most of its sales away.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan Armada.
There’s really nothing to get excited about when it comes to the Armada’s exterior looks. Suffice to say, it’s had very little cosmetic changes since the model arrived into the scene at the early part of the millenium. That’s how dated the Armada looks.
There are some hints of luxury that you can find throughout the SUV, including a whole lot of chrome details and some functional items like the one-piece roof rack and the side-step rails.
Other than the list of available equipment, which is pretty extensive, you’re going to need to toss in a lot of them to turn the Armada into a nicely-dressed SUV. Otherwise, it’s just plain boring to look at.
2014 Nissan Armada - Exterior Dimensions
|Overall length||207.7 in.|
|Overall width||79.3 in.|
|Overall height (2WD/4WD) with roof rack||77.2 in. / 78.0 in.|
|Tread width Front||67.5|
|Tread width Rear||67.5|
|Minimum ground clearance (without skid plate)||9.8 in. – 4x2 |
10.4 in. – 4x4
|Step-in height Front||20.9 in. – 4x2, 21.6 in. – 4x4|
|Step-in height Rear||21.5 in. – 4x4, 22.2 in. – 4x4|
|Angle of approach (degrees) w/o chin spoiler||24.7 in. – 4x2, 26.2 in. – 4x4|
|Angle of departure (degrees)||21.8 in. – 4x2, 22.7 in. – 4x4|
|Ramp over angle (degrees) w/o fuel tank skid plate||9.3 in. – 4x2, 9.6 in. – 4x4|
2014 Nissan Armada - Standard Exterior Features
- 8JJx18-inch aluminum-alloy, painted finish
- 265/70R18 BSW SUV tires
- Center high mount stop light
- Body color grille
Given how Nissan needs a whole lot of changes to make the Armada look respectable, the company did do something right on the interior. It created enough space to comfortably fit as many as eight passengers as most full-size SUVs should be capable of doing.
In the Armada’s case, the second row can actually be configured by either a bench seat that can seat three passengers or a pair of captain’s chairs with a removable center console, creating space to for adults to reach the third row of the SUV. Oh, and speaking of space, the Armada offers ample amounts of that, even on the third row seats, which comes with adult-size legroom to be proud of.
Adding to the copious amounts of space, the Armada’s interior colors are actually quite nice. As customers, you’re given a choice on whether to opt for either an Almond or Charcoal paint finish. If you ask us, we’re going with the Almond trim treatment, if only for our believe that the shade is a lot classier to look at compared to that dark and dreary Charcoal finish.
2014 Nissan Armada - Interior Dimensions
|Interior (inches)||Front||2nd Row||3rd Row|
|Head room w/o moonroof / w/moonroof||41.0 in. /39.7 in.||40.0 in.||35.9 in.|
|Shoulder room||65.0 in.||64.7 in.||63.7 in.|
|Hip room||61.4 in.||60.8 in.||48.8 in.|
|Leg room||41.8 in.||41.9 in.||32.2 in.|
|Cargo capacity (Behind 3rd row / Behind 2nd row / All Seats Folded)]||20 Cu. Ft.||56.7 Cu. Ft.||97.4 Cu. Ft.|
2014 Nissan Armada - Standard Interior Features
- Luxury seat cloth
- Bucket seats w/integrated armrests (non-ratchet)
- Driver’s side manual lumbar
- Driver’s side 8-way power
- Driver’s side 2-driver memory/auto entry/exit
- AM/FM/MP3/6CD with mid-switches, 8 speakers and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately)
- Steering wheel audio controls
- Body color satellite radio antenna
The 2014 Nissan Armada comes with a powerful 5.6-liter V-8 engine that develops close to 317 horsepower and 285 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to have enough power under its hood to become a real bonafide contender in its segment.
2014 Nissan Armada - Drivetrain Specifications
|Name||Endurance 5.6 V8 (VK56DE)|
|Cylinders / configuration||V8|
|Block / head composition||Aluminum / Aluminum|
|Displacement (liters / cc)||5.6 liters / 5,552 cc|
|Horsepower||317 @ 5,200 RPM|
|Torque (lb-ft)||385 @ 3,400 RPM|
|Bore & stroke (mm)||98 x 92|
|Maximum engine speed||6,000 rpm|
|Induction system||Naturally aspirated|
|Valvetrain||32 valve; silent chain, single-stage|
|Engine mounts||Standard (non fluid-filled)|
|Recommended fuel||Regular unleaded|
2014 Nissan Armada - Towing Specifications
|SV with Tow Package (2WD)||8,200|
|SV with Tow Package (4WD)||6,500|
Price for the Armada may be a bit of a concern, especially for those who could just opt for a newer - and fresher looking - model at just around the same price, or possibly even a tick lower than what the base Armada is going for these days: $37,240. If you’re looking for the biggest and baddest Armada of them all, the 4x4 Platinum 5.6 Liter V8 A/T retails for a whopping $52,510.
|4x2 SV||5.6 Liter V8 A/T||$37,240|
|4X2 SL||5.6 Liter V8 A/T||$42,330|
|4x2 Platinum||5.6 Liter V8 A/T||$49,610|
|4x4 SV||5.6 Liter V8 A/T||$42,540|
|4x4 SL||5.6 Liter V8 A/T||$45,230|
|4x4 Platinum||5.6 Liter V8 A/T||$52,510|
|SV Tow Package||$300|
|Captain Seat Package||$450|
|Dual DVD Head Restraint Monitors||$1,850|
|Floor Mats & Cargo Mat (5 piece set)||$240|
|Rear Cargo Net & Organizer||$250|
|Nissan Ship Through Fee||$250|
Big boy SUVs don’t get more esteemed as Toyota’s venerable Land Cruiser. It’s been around for close to 50 years, which is really saying something.
For the 2013 model year, Toyota actually gave the Land Cruiser a mild makeover that has extended into the 2014 model. Even the interior was overhauled and includes more standard features than ever before. Oh, and let’s not forget that powertain isn’t an issue for the Land Cruiser, thanks to its 5.7-liter, V-8 engine that produces 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque.
The caveat with the Land Cruiser is that it’s only available in just one trim level and as such, the price tag is pretty steep. For the 2014 model, the Land Cruiser can be yours for $79,605.
Gallery Toyota Land Cruiser
The Nissan Armada has nothing on the Jeep Grand Cherokee as far as it’s looks goes. Whereas the former has remained largely the same in its design, the latter just got new looks, which are far more sophisticated than the Armada.
A choice of multiple engine options are also being offered for the Grand Cherokee, topped out by a 5.7-liter V-8 that pops a fantastic 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, bigger and more powerful than the top-of-the-line Armada. I, of course, left out the SRT model and its insane 470 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of twist.
Even pricing slants towards the side of the Grand Cherokee. The variety of models allows for the base Laredo 4x2 to be significantly cheaper than the Armada at just $28,795 with the top-of-the-line Summit 4x4 model priced at $50,995.
Gallery Jeep Grand Cherokee
If you’re in the market for a full-size SUV, there are just a lot of other models that you can get instead of the Armada. That’s the sad reality that we feel bad that we have to point out. But it’s also indicative of how Nissan should give this SUV a new life, if only for reasons that not doing so would probably lead to it becoming more and more irrelevant.
- Competitive price
- Solid powertrain
- Spacious interior
- Plenty of other options
- Needs a cosmetic change badly
For 2014, the stylish and roomy Nissan Armada once again combines unbridled V8 engine power, premium interior comfort and a wide range of available technology, making it a standout in the full-size SUV segment. Armada is available in SV, SL and Platinum models in 2WD and 4WD drive configurations – along with a special Platinum Reserve Package that features 20-inch dark chrome clad wheels, dark chrome grille and outside mirrors, dark chrome tail pipe finisher, dark chrome wheel caps, premium grade two-tone Chocolate/Almond leather–appointed seating and steering wheel, Light Aniegre genuine wood trim and dark satin chrome interior accents.
Armada is again offered with available Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) technology that allows drivers to use traditional gasoline or E85 Ethanol. All 2014 Armada models are equipped with a standard 5.6-liter Endurance V8 engine rated at 317 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque, along with an advanced 5-speed automatic transmission, heavy-duty fully boxed ladder frame and double-wishbone suspension.
An Expressive Exterior and Roomy, Versatile Interior
Armada’s expressive exterior design combines modern styling with traditional Nissan SUV ruggedness. With its wide stance, long 123.2-inch wheelbase and short front and rear overhangs, Armada offers a highly manageable length of just over 17 feet (207.7 inches) – along with exceptional passenger and cargo room.
Armada SL and Platinum models feature chrome grilles (body-color on Armada SV, dark chrome on Platinum Reserve), while all models include chrome front door handles (body color on Platinum Reserve), body-color rear door handles, one piece roof rack, side step rails, halogen headlights, manual flip out rear quarter windows, rear proximity sensors, and privacy glass on the 2nd and 3rd row windows and rear liftgate. Armada also features two-piece body-color side moldings with chrome insert strips on SL and Platinum models (dark chrome inserts on Platinum Reserve), along with SL, Platinum and “Reserve” badges on the respective models.
Other available equipment includes fog lights, chrome roof rack with crossbars (standard on SL and Platinum) and chrome tailpipe finisher (standard on Platinum), power-operated flip-out rear quarter windows (Platinum), power-folding outside mirrors with integrated turn signals and puddle lamps (Platinum), power liftgate (SL, Platinum) and power tilt/sliding glass moonroof (optional on SL, standard on Platinum).
Armada is offered in a choice of eight exterior colors: Brilliant Silver, Espresso Black, Galaxy Black, Midnight Garnet, Graphite Blue, Gun Metallic, Java Metallic and Pearl White.
The Armada interior, like the exterior, combines modern style, functionality and versatility for active families. The large, comfortable interior offers ample 2nd row roominess and overhead storage. Seating for eight is standard, with 2nd row Captain’s Chairs with 2nd row padded center armrest optional with the Platinum model (providing seven-passenger seating).
Luxurious, leather-appointed seating is standard on Armada SL and Platinum models, with cloth seating on Armada SV. The Platinum Reserve Package adds premium-grade leather-appointed seating with two-tone Chocolate/Almond surfaces and Almond accent stitching on Chocolate surfaces. The front bucket seats feature 8-way power adjustment and manual lumbar support for the driver, while the passenger seat is a 4-way power-adjustable design. A leather-wrapped, floor-mounted gated A/T shifter adds a sporty appearance and enhanced shift control.
Heated 2nd row seats, heated steering wheel, padded center front armrest and Platinum logo embroidered front seats are offered on Platinum models. Armada’s highly functional front center console includes specialized storage areas for pens, tissues, and CDs; HVAC vents; two cupholders and a 12-volt power outlet at the rear of the console. The overhead console features multiple storage bins for sunglasses, DVDs, CDs; six overhead dome lights and rear HVAC controls. The 2nd row offers a fold flat 40/20/40 split bench seat while the elevated 3rd row 60/40-split folding bench seat (folds flat into floor) includes a standard power-folding feature on SL and Platinum. Every Armada also offers up to 14 cupholders, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System with steering wheel controls and dual-zone automatic climate control.
Armada is available with an AM/FM/MP3/CD with 8 speakers (SV 4x2) and standard SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately). All other models feature a premium Bose® audio system with AM/FM/MP3/CD with 11 speakers plus subwoofer. The system is optionally available in the SV 4x2. The Platinum model takes it a step further with standard Nissan Navigation System with NavTraffic and NavWeather information (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately). Wood grain interior trim is also standard on SL and Platinum models, along with Nissan Intelligent Key®, RearView Monitor and HomeLink® Universal Transceiver. Platinum models also include a standard DVD Family Entertainment System with dual 7.0-inch head restraint-mounted DVD monitors, VTR jacks, two USB ports, two wireless headphones and a remote controller.
The 2014 Armada is offered in two interior colors, Almond and Charcoal, with the special two-tone Chocolate/Almond combination featured in the Platinum Reserve Package.
An Adventure-Ready Driveline
Along with its highly flexible interior, every Armada features the maximum versatility provided by its advanced drivetrain and available all-wheel drive. Standard on every Armada is Nissan’s rugged F-Alpha fully boxed frame, 4-wheel independent double-wishbone suspension and a refined 5.6-liter DOHC V8 engine, producing 317 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm and 385 lb-ft of torque @ 3,400 rpm.
The engine includes an aluminum block with cast iron cylinder liners, forged steel crankshaft, microfinished crankshaft and camshafts, graphite-coated pistons, 6-bolt main bearing caps, single-stage timing chain and an electronic “drive-by-wire” throttle. Available Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) technology allows for the use of E85 Ethanol.
Also standard is a reinforced, electronically controlled 5-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul modes for enhanced performance and fuel efficiency. A unique gear set, variable lock-up torque converter and advanced A/T management are utilized for improved shifting and economy.
Armada is offered in two-wheel drive or with an available All-Mode 4-wheel drive system with Auto/2WD/4H/4LO modes, electronically controlled part-time transfer case and 3.35:1 4LO gear ratio. Under normal driving conditions, the system operates in two-wheel drive mode, but it can distribute torque to all four wheels when road conditions warrant (up to 50 percent of torque can go to the front wheels on demand).
Responsive braking is provided by a 4-wheel disc brake system with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. Also standard are 2-wheel or 4-wheel limited-slip (ABLS) and a Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system (which includes a deactivation switch). Steering is provided by an engine-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system.
Along with the responsive independent suspension, SL and Platinum models offer an automatic self-leveling rear air suspension, which helps provide a level ride when towing or carrying heavy cargo. Armada offers a 9,000-pound maximum towing capacity for SL and Platinum 4x4, 8,200 for 4x2 SV, SL and Platinum, and 6,500 for 4x4 SV models (when properly equipped).
Four wheel and tire combinations are offered, depending on model: Armada SV features 18-inch alloy road wheels with 265/70R18 tires; 20-inch alloy wheels with 275/60R20 tires are offered on SL; Platinum models feature 20-inch chrome clad wheels with 275/60R20 tires; and the Platinum Reserve Package features 20-inch dark chrome wheels with 275/60R20 tires.
Armada’s safety features includes Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and front occupant classification sensor; roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags for side impact and rollover head protection for outboard positions in all three rows; front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags; and front seat Active Head Restraints.
Also standard are 3-point front seat belts with dual pretensioners and load limiters 3-point seat belts for all rear seat occupants, including center position; LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchor system; child safety rear door locks; Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones; engine immobilizer; and Vehicle Security System. A Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is also included, with a warning lamp in the gauge cluster or a warning display in the navigation system (Platinum).
A Choice of Well-Equipped Models
The 2014 Armada lineup includes three models – SV, SL and Platinum – each offered in 4WD and 2WD drive configurations.
In addition to the long list of standard equipment offered on the Armada SV, the SL model includes a power liftgate, heated front seats, Nissan Intelligent Key®, leather-appointed seating, RearView Monitor, a premium Bose® audio system with 11 speakers, power folding 3rd row 60/40-split seat, rear leveling air suspension, 20-inch dark chrome wheels and more.
The Platinum model adds 2nd row heated seats, heated steering wheel, moonroof, DVD Family Entertainment System, and Nissan Navigation system with NavTraffic® system with Real-Time Traffic Information (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately). It also includes 20-inch chrome clad wheels, Front Sonar System, power folding outside mirrors and more.
A number of option packages are offered, including the Platinum Reserve Package. Also available are the Driver Package (SV 4x2 only), which features fog lights, RearView Monitor, a premium Bose® audio system, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), a power liftgate and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink®; the SV Tow Package (SV 4x2 only), which adds a receiver hitch, a 7-pin wiring harness plug and brake controller jumper wire; and the 2nd Row Captain’s Seat Package (Platinum only), which replaces the 2nd row bench seat with 2nd row Captain’s Chairs and 2nd row center console with padded armrest. The Moonroof Package (SL) adds power tilt and glide moonroof.
The 2014 Armada is assembled by Nissan North America manufacturing in Canton, Mississippi.