At its heart, the 2022 Nissan Armada is a family vehicle. That's evident from its three rows of seats, ample cargo space, and entertainment extras, but what may not be quite as obvious is the Armada's enhanced safety features. Nissan designed the Armada for comfort and luxury, but behind the scenes, the automaker worked tirelessly to ensure it was one of the safest SUVs on the road.
A robust suite of six standard driver-assist systems tops the long list of safety-focused engineering found on the new Armada, and they're not just found on high-end trims. Nissan makes the suite – called Nissan Safety Shield – standard throughout the entire lineup. That's just one of many commitments to safety the team at Nissan demonstrates with the Armada.
All those safety features might mean that luxury is an afterthought, but nothing could be further from the truth. The Armada, particularly the high-end Midnight Edition and Platinum trim, are loaded with upscale features designed to create an immersive and luxurious cabin experience. From quilted leather seating to massive infotainment touchscreens, this full-size SUV has it all. As you get to know the 2022 Nissan Armada, you will discover that it's the perfect package of durability, roominess, and tech-focused luxury.
The 2022 Armada comes in five different trims: the base S, the SV, the SL, the Midnight Edition, and the top-of-the-line Platinum. All trims are available in either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, and even the base model comes with a standard 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, a premium feature that is almost never found on entry-level trims.
The high-end Platinum features plush quilted leather seating that's heated and cooled in the front and heated in the second row. There's also a heated steering wheel and tri-zone automatic climate control so every row can dial in a specific temperature. Buyers can choose from a second-row bench seat that provides total seating for eight or opt for captain's chairs for more mid-cabin elbow room. An innovative rearview mirror camera provides a clear view of the area behind the vehicle for easy maneuvering out of driveways and parking spaces.
As for entertainment, the Armada's class-exclusive tri-zone entertainment system is hard to beat. It lets second-row passengers tap into different entertainment than the driver and front passenger, a great perk for families and a sanity saver during long road trips. The 13-speaker premium Bose audio system plays concert-grade sound, and the companion Bose AudioPilot feature automatically adjusts output to match road and background noise. Cabin acoustics get a boost from the Armada's noise dampening technology, too.
An available power-folding third-row bench seat makes stowing additional cargo effortless, as does the available power liftgate. Third-row passengers will quibble less thanks to the abundant 28.4 inches of legroom, but your second-row passengers benefit the most because the middle row offers a cavernous 41 inches of legroom. Both the second and third rows fold flat when extra cargo capacity is needed.
Buyers looking to stand out should consider the Armada Midnight Edition. It features a blacked-out grille and matching Nissan badging, 20-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, and specially-embroidered Midnight Edition floor mats. The interior also features a black headliner, trim, and black leather seating. It's a dramatic twist on the family SUV that peppers in enough chrome to add an extra level of elegance.
The Armada is powered by a 5.6-liter V8 engine that produces 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque, enough to power a max towing capacity of 8,500 pounds. The engine is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission, and buyers can choose between rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. 18-inch wheels are standard, but buyers can opt for larger wheels (up to 22 inches).
The Armada was completely redesigned for the 2021 model year. For 2022, Nissan continues to promote the Armada's best-in-class standard horsepower and tow ratings as the perfect accompaniment for adventure-seeking families. The Armada's large body style means plenty of room for up to eight passengers plus gear, so heading out for a weekend of skiing or hiking is easy.
Durability is among the Armada's most discernible features. It stands out in the category for its truck-like architecture, including a heavy-duty ladder frame and body-on-frame construction. That type of construction tends to be more rigid and better supports the powertrain, while the standard double-wishbone suspension smooths out the ride.
As for four-wheel drive, Nissan designed the Armada to provide torque support where it's needed as road conditions demand. The system can send up to 50 percent of the available torque power to the front wheels if needed, and the automatic four-wheel drive system includes three modes: auto, 4HI, and 4LO, so drivers can manually switch or let the system select for them.
Hill Start Assist is standard on all Armada trims, whether two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, and a system called Vehicle Dynamic Control – which is similar to electronic stability control – takes input from sensors and the driver to control what's understeer and oversteer. With SUVs, it's important to compensate for the higher center of gravity with advanced stability control systems.
With its 26-gallon fuel tank and respectable 16 mpg combined fuel economy rating, you won't be stopping frequently for gas. The standard 7-speed transmission also employs Adaptive Shift Control and an energy-saving downshifting process to aid fuel efficiency.
If you're a fan of advanced infotainment features, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the Armada's standard 12.3-inch landscape-mounted touchscreen. It's the hub for accessing just about every entertainment and information system, including smartphone content. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are standard, with the former a wireless connection and the latter wired.
The touchscreen is customizable, and its high-resolution color display is both responsive and easy to navigate. Drivers can program shortcuts to frequent commands, and steering wheel controls offer a way to send quick inputs without taking your eyes off the road. The available split-screen functionality also means that you can always have your vital information in sight.
NissanConnect, the app-based vehicle management system, is also accessible via the Armada's touchscreen. It's compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant so that you can send voice commands through connected home devices as well. Features like remote start are accessible through NissanConnect, and a variety of subscription-based services are available for customers seeking concierge-level services.
For 2022, every Armada trim receives standard Door-to-Door navigation with real-time traffic updates, along with a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link. Buyers also get a free trial of NissanConnect Services, including the Plus and Select levels. You'll be able to lock/unlock your doors from your smartphone and receive notifications if the alarm triggers. Additionally, Nissan throws in six months of free Premium access, which includes remote start/stop. For around $20 per month, you can activate the vehicle's Wi-Fi hotspot with unlimited data.
Second-row passengers will love the available dual-screen rear entertainment system. The two 8-inch screens are mounted in the front seat headrests and feature an HDMI input, along with two sets of wireless headphones. It's a sanity saver for parents on long road trips, as well as a great way for kids to stay busy and entertained.
Nissan's suite of driver-assist systems, Nissan Safety Shield 360, is standard across the entire trim range and includes six different systems that utilize input from a series of sensors, cameras, and radar to detect and alert the driver to potential roadway hazards. From collision avoidance to blind spot monitoring, these systems make everyday driving safer and help drivers stay focused.