If you are in the market for a three-row SUV with plenty of upgraded tech features, then you may want to take a peek at the new 2021 Nissan Armada. This full-size model has plenty of space for the whole family, and no one will be bored. Perfect for both daily driving and long road trips, this vehicle has everything you could possibly want in a transport. Offering seating for up to eight people, the 2021 Nissan Armada is quite impressive.
Behind the third row is about 16.5 cubic feet of storage space. That’s enough for weekly groceries or your kids’ backpacks. If you fold the third row of seating down, you can expand this area to 49.9 cubic feet. This is a great option if you need to bring home larger items, but you don’t need to use the seats. If you need even more space for cargo, you can also fold the second-row flat. This will give you access to a whopping 95.4 cubic feet of space. With a large size, plenty of space, and advanced tech all wrapped up in a stylish exterior, the 2021 Nissan Armada is sure to be a favorite of the year.
As a full-size SUV, the 2021 Nissan Armada houses a robust powertrain that can handle a full load. Whether you need to haul the kids to different extracurricular activities or you want to get away on a camping trip, this is the vehicle for you. So what’s underneath the hood? Let’s pop the top and find out!
Growling under the hood is a 5.6-liter V8 motor that is capable of producing 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with your choice of front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive and a 7-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode, this engine has more than enough power to take you wherever you need to go. You can even tow up to 8,500 pounds and carry up to 1,634 pounds of payload when the Armada is properly equipped. That is incredible for an SUV.
At this point, you might be wondering about how fast it can go and what kind of gas mileage it gets. After all, it is a large vehicle with a powerful engine. You may be surprised to learn that it can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 6.7 seconds. That’s very quick for a vehicle with this large stature. As for the estimated fuel economy, you can expect to get around 16 MPG combined, with 14 MPG in the city and 19 MPG on the highway with front-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive will get you about 13 MPG city, 18 MPG highway, and 15 MPG combined. With such a large, powerful model, those numbers are not shocking.
The 2021 Nissan Armada is available in four different trims. While each version is unique, they do share many of the same tech features, such as a larger infotainment touchscreen and advanced connectivity elements. Let’s break down each model to help you choose the one that best suits your needs.
First up is the SV. This entry-level trim is anything but basic. You will immediately notice the faux leather upholstery that covers the seats. This gives the interior a more sophisticated look. Next, the NissanConnect infotainment system is displayed on a massive 12.3-inch color touchscreen that operates with numerous connectivity features. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto enable perfect smartphone integration. You can access compatible apps like Music, Maps, and more.
You can also make or receive calls, read and send text messages hands-free, and stream your personalized playlist. Everything is easy with this innovative system. Finally, a wireless charging pad is also included. This is an interesting touch to the cabin since most other vehicles only offer this feature on top-tier trims. This trim rides on 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and comes with a manual liftgate.
The second trim level is known as the SL. This model adds several tech upgrades and interior revisions. Starting with the leather upholstery, you will see just how luxurious this particular version of the 2021 Nissan Armada truly is. Remote engine start enables you to warm up the vehicle before you go outside, and the power liftgate allows you to load cargo into the rear with the simple push of a button. The same advanced infotainment system carries over onto this model as well as many of the other elements from the base SV. However, the SL also includes a power-sliding glass moonroof. You can enjoy letting a bit of nature inside on perfect weather days. Finally, the stereo has been upgraded to a 13-speaker Bose sound system. The SL gets an upgrade for larger 20-inch wheels with a power liftgate.
The Midnight Edition is the cool blackout version of the Armada. While most of its adjustments are to the exterior, it does have a few changes inside that we will go over. These are primarily on the second row of seating. You will notice that a padded center console that functions as an armrest and cup holder has been installed. Plus, the second-row Captain’s Chairs come with tip-up easy entry for third-row passengers to get into the back.
As for the Midnight Edition exterior, this model comes with black exterior accents, roof rails, and protective skid plates. It also comes with LED taillights and a black headliner. If you want a trim that looks sleek and stylish as you cut through the street, this is the trim to get.
The top-of-the-line trim level is known as the Platinum. This luxurious ride comes with everything from the aforementioned trims plus several other enhancements. First, there is the trim-zone climate control system that allows for the creation of multiple temperature bubbles within the cockpit. Next, you will also find that the front seats are heated and cooled for your comfort all year long. Then the 60/40 split-folding third-row offers power-reclining/folding capabilities for your convenience. This trim also offers some advanced safety features. Then, the Platinum gets even larger 22-inch machine-finished wheels with a windshield de-icer. This trim features all the best of the best features the Armada has to offer.
When it comes to safety, no other automaker does it quite like Nissan. The 2021 Armada is well-equipped with some of the best safety systems on the market. Every model comes with the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite, and higher trims get extra features that help make the vehicle even safer to drive.
Since the Nissan Safety Shield 360 is included on every trim, we will start there. This suite includes several components like Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning, and High Beam Assist. Blind Spot Warning uses side-mounted sensors to detect when another vehicle enters your blind spot. This will let you know that it is not safe to change lanes just yet.
Meanwhile, the vehicle will also detect moving obstacles behind you as you are traveling in reverse, thanks to the Rear Cross Traffic Alert function. Both of the automatic braking systems will bring the vehicle to a complete stop if a pedestrian, vehicle, or object is detected in front or behind you. If you take frequent long drives, the Lane Departure Warning is the system you will love. It will alert you if you begin to drift outside the designated lane. Finally, High Beam Assist will toggle the bright lights off if an oncoming car is detected.
One of the more useful available features you can get is the Intelligent Around View Monitor. This monitor gives you a 360-degree bird's-eye view around your car, so you can see obstacles and park with ease. You can also get the available Intelligent Rear View Mirror that uses a camera on the back of the vehicle to expand your view. You can also get rain-sensing wipers and the Intelligent Back-Up Intervention system. The rain-sensing wipers automatically turn on when they sense any rain, and the Intelligent Back-Up Intervention System will sense cars behind you when reversing and stop you if necessary.