For those looking to transport large families in one car without the soccer mom stigma of a minivan, a full-size SUV is probably the way to go. The new Nissan Armada is one of a few decent acceptable choices, as the second-gen big boy received an upgraded platform, making driving the massive "truck" much easier. Nissan is focusing on improving the interior of the 2018 Armada, which will hit dealerships nationwide on September 1. The new 8-passenger SUV may feel spacious on the inside, but it's jam-packed with cutting-edge technology and an arsenal of driver assists to make its arguably steep price tag more manageable.
All 3 Armada trims will come standard with an 8-inch touchscreen NissanConnect infotainment system featuring a Hands-free Texting Assistant, Enhanced Voice Recognition, HD radio, and lots of USB ports.
A new feature of the top-trim Armada Platinum is the Intelligent Rear View Mirror, which uses the rear view mirror housing as a screen in conjunction with a high-quality, rear-mounted camera to give the driver a crystal-clear picture of the road behind them. Think of it as a high-definition reversing camera that's on all the time with a better field of view. Owners can easily toggle between the "I-RVM" and regular mirror via a switch on the housing.
The 2018 Armada retains its 5.6-liter, 390-horsepower V8 and 7-speed automatic transmission, but can be had with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive; these specs allow for a towing capacity of 8,500 pounds.
The Armada starts at $45,600, but a fully-loaded Armada Platinum with 4-wheel drive will cost $61,590. In addition, buyers can choose from a Premium Package, Driver's Package, Captain's Chair Package, and optional Pearl White paint.