Year, Make, Model: 2019 Nissan Armada
Topline: The newest iteration of Nissan's full-size SUV now includes a suite of standard safety features designed to keep occupants safe when moving or standing still.
What's New: Four technology features are now standard on the 2019 Armada: Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Intelligent Forward Collision Warning (IFCW), Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), and Rear Door Alert.
ICC maintains a safe following distance to the vehicle in front while active at all speeds, and across different speed limit zones by integrating data from the truck's navigation system. IFCW doubles up on the vehicle's systems watching for deceleration of the followed vehicle, and should driver attention lapse or an unexpected obstacle pop up without any attempt by the driver to stop, AEB will activate, hopefully preventing a collision.
Nissan announced its RDA feature—which reminds drivers to check the back seat after parking their vehicle—earlier this year, stating that the technology would eventually become standard on all Nissan and Infiniti products. It's a cleverly designed feature that works off of door sensors rather than pressure sensors in the seat, meaning failure over time is less likely than with a pressure sensor.
What You Need to Know: Despite being built on the same platform as the Nissan Titan pickup, the Armada is not available with the Titan's 5.0-liter Cummins turbodiesel V8. Lukewarm reception of this engine versus the standard 5.6-liter gasoline V8 means this should be of little concern to anyone other than those who desperately want a full-size, diesel-powered SUV for towing purposes.
The rear-wheel-drive Armada starts at $46,790 and reach as high as $62,690, while four-wheel-drive options range from $49,790 to $65,690. Both are subject to a $1,395 destination fee.
When shopping in this price range, it's mandatory to check out the competition before buying an SUV you'll probably need to keep for years. The comparable Ford Expedition is the longest-kept vehicle when bought new, with owners typically holding on to them for nine years before reselling, much like the Chevrolet Suburban.