It is a big improvement in terms of technology over the existing model

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Modern-day vehicles see new generations and models come in every 5-6 years on an average. Nissan, however, milked the first-gen Armada for over a decade before bringing in the second-generation in 2016 as a 2017 model. So, expecting a lot out of a mid-cycle refresh would be a cardinal sin.

Nissan has updated the full-size Armada for the 2021 model year and it comes with a refreshed face and derriere, and some major tech improvements inside the cabin. These are the things you expect from a refresh, but given Armada’s history, we are pleasantly surprised to see these many changes.

What’s New On The Inside?

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The biggest change inside the cabin comes in form of the much larger touchscreen infotainment system on the center console. The new 12.3-inch touchscreen is a big upgrade over the present model’s eight-inch touchscreen. It comes standard with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay. Wireless HotSpot and a wireless charger are available, too.

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The instrument cluster benefits from a seven-inch ‘Advanced Driver Assist Display’ that sits between the speedometer and the tachometer. The top Platinum trim is offered with dual eight-inch head restraint monitors with wireless headphones. It even comes with a bigger inside rearview mirror.

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There are a few more new niceties inside the cabin, such as:

  • Dual-zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Bose Audio System with 13 Speakers
  • New leather-appointed upholstery options
  • Moonroof
  • Remote Engine Start System
  • Four Interior Colors – Charcoal, Almond, Brown, Black

What Powers The 2021 Nissan Armada?

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The 2021 Nissan Armada features the same 5.6-liter, V-8 Endurance engine under the hood that makes 400 horses and 413 pound-feet of torque.

It is mated to a seven-speed automatic gearbox that sends power either to the rear wheels or all of them. When properly equipped, the 2021 Nissan Armada can tow up to 8,500 pounds.

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As for the fuel economy, the two-wheel-drive models are rated at 14 mpg in the city, 19 mpg on the highway, and 16 mpg combined. The four-wheel-drive Armada delivers 13 mpg in the city, 18 mpg on the highway, and 15 mpg combined. The SUV comes with a 26-gallon fuel tank.

2021 Nissan Armada specifications
Engine Endurance® 5.6L V8
Type VK56VDwith Variable Valve Event &Lift Cam design DOHC
Orientation Longitudinally mounted
Cylinders / configuration V8
Block / head composition Aluminum / Aluminum
Displacement (liters / cc) 5.6 liters / 5,552 cc
Horsepower 400hp @ 5,800 RPM(prem fuel)
Torque (lb-ft) 413lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM (prem fuel)
Bore & stroke (mm) 98 x 92
Compression ratio 11.2:1
Maximum engine speed 6,000 rpm
Induction system Naturally aspirated

2021 Nissan Armada Safety

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The 2021 Armada comes with the Safety Shield 360 and a whole lot of other features as standard. This includes:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • High Beam Assist
  • Rear Automatic Braking
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Cruise Control
  • Lane Intervention
  • Blind Spot Intervention
  • RearView Monitor
  • Driver Alertness

What’s New On The Outside?

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It is still unmistakably an Armada, but the changes at the front and rear give it a refreshed look. The front fascia is a tad bit more aggressive, thanks to the chiseled and upright grille, and new front fenders and bumper. New LED headlights look in-line with the set on Nissan’s trucks. The rear comes with a set of LED taillights.

What’s new, however, is a Midnight Edition package that includes black exterior logos, black painted mirrors, black painted roof rails, rear LED lamps with black paint finisher, a black painted grille, and black painted front and rear skid plates. Also, Nissan has debuted its new logo on the 2021 Armada, making it the first vehicle in the U.S. to wear it.

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The Nissan Armada will be offered in seven different colors, which includes a new Red shade, too. The colors are:

  • Hermosa Blue Pearl
  • Mocha Almond Pearl
  • Gun Metallic
  • Super Black
  • Brilliant Silver Metallic
  • Aspen White TriCoat
  • Coulis Red Pearl
The big SUV is offered in three trims – SV, SL, and Platinum.
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The SV trim rides on 18-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in 265/70 section all-season tires as standard. 20-inch wheels are optional. The SL rides on 20-inch aluminum wheels as standard that comes wrapped in 275/60 section all-season tires. The top trim comes with 275/50 section all-season tires wrapped around 22-inch machine-finished wheels.

Conclusion

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Nissan hasn’t announced the pricing yet, but we do speculate a marginal increase in the price, given the number of standard features it has added to the SUV. The 2020 Armada starts at $47,500 and goes all the way up to $68,430.

Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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