Watch the 2017 Nissan Armada Tackle the Trails: Video
How does the Patrol-based Armada handle the dirt?
The Nissan Armada is all-new for the 2017 model year, dumping the old, first-generation Titan-based platform for something new. Yep, the Armada is based on the highly regarded Nissan Patrol, an old-school, body-on-frame SUV Nissan sells just about everywhere but North America. Nevertheless, the U.S. is now blessed with the second-generation Armada, filled with new tech, a plushy new interior, all wrapped in good looks.
The Armada shares the same 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 with the 2017 Titan pickup. It now comes with direct injection, an improved variable valvetrain system, and a new seven-speed automatic transmission. The double overhead cam V-8 kicks out 390 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque to either the rear wheels, or to all four when the part-time 4WD option is ordered.
The Armada has all the right ingredients to a solid off-road machine – four-wheel independent suspension, a fully boxed steel ladder frame, and a two-speed transfer case with low range gears. The Nissan also boasts 9.1 inches of ground clearance. And though it doesn’t have mechanically locking differentials, its electronic traction control can modulate braking independently to send power to wheels with the most traction.
Now all of this does come at a price. The base Armada carries a sticker of $44,400. The one our friends over at TFL Truck tested came in at $61,435. That’s not all that cheap. Nevertheless, the Armada does seat seven or eight (depending on seating options chosen) in cushy comfort with all the modern technology and safety features.
So how does the Armada handle a moderately challenging mountain trail? You’ll have to watch TFL Truck’s video to find out.