The 2021 Nissan Armada is a new face with enhanced capabilities and aims to be a viable competitor to other large three-row SUVs. The updated mug and styling updates make it stand out against the GMC Yukon and Chevy Tahoe, who together dominate the segment. The Nissan responds with standard driver assistance, a larger touchscreen infotainment screen, and slightly higher maximum tow ratings. The Armada’s standard V-8 engine is slightly stronger than it was before. It also has a fully independent suspension that provides a smooth ride. The fuel economy is still subpar, and unlike the Chevy, GMC or Ford Expedition, there’s no long-wheelbase version. However, the 2021 Armada deserves your attention.
What’s new for 2021?
For 2021, the Armada will get a major redesign that includes a squared front and prominent headlights. Design changes extend to the back with a new bumper, taillights, and continuous trim piece. A new Midnight Edition is now available with blacked out trim. Nissan has redesigned the interior and added a 12.3-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay wireless. A new 7.0 inch color display is added to the gauge cluster. This modernizes even more. The Armada lineup also features an updated center console, new interior-material options and newly standard active safety features like adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring. The V-8’s horsepower was increased from 390 to 400 (with Premium Fuel); torque rose from 394 to 413 pounds-feet.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
The SL trim is our favorite. It inherits all the standard features from the base SV model. The SL trim also includes a 13-speaker Bose sound system, 20-inch rims and leather interior appointments. Optional second-row captain’s seats can be added to the SL.
Performance, Transmission and Engine
The Armada’s sole powertrain is a powerful 5.6-liter V-8 paired with a civilized seven speed automatic transmission. Premium fuel can produce up to 400 horsepower, and 413 lbft of torque. The engine can be paired with rear- or all-wheel drives, and each model can tow 8500lbs. Although we have not tested the 2021 Armada with more power, the last model we drove had a satisfying thrust and an exhaust that made loud sounds. The Armada’s large dimensions were surprisingly manageable thanks to its independent suspension. Even though the car was standard on 20-inch wheels, our test car felt comfortable and quiet. Although the car’s soft ride didn’t affect our senses of control, its steering was slow and inaccurate, which allowed it to drift along the highway like its Spanish nameake. The Nissan’s emergency-braking test result was impressive. However, the brake pedal provided consistent feedback and good feel.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
All Armadas use the same V-8 engine with an automatic transmission. This combination makes the Nissan more fuel-efficient than many of its competitors. According to the EPA, the rear-drive version of the Nissan will achieve 14 mpg in cities and 19 highway. The EPA estimates that the all-wheel drive version will earn 1 mpg more in both cities and highways. The 2021 Armada has not been tested on our 75-mph highway fuel economy route. This is part of our rigorous testing program. We are unable to evaluate its real-world mpg.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
The Armada’s elegant outer shell is complemented by a spacious and comfortable interior. The cabin is well protected from noise outside and the majority of materials used are soft and attractive. The Armada can hold up to eight people in three rows. However, the optional second row captain’s chairs reduces that number to seven. They fold up quickly and easily with a handle that springs forward the seat. However, manual resets must be done. You can adjust the power-folding third rows (standard on the SL) via buttons on the cargo area or the armrests. However, snails move much faster. The Armada is luxurious and offers plenty of legroom, even compared to its rivals. The Platinum model, the top-of-the line luxury-SUV, features a quilted seat surface and imitation open-pore wooden trim.
Connectivity and Infotainment
Each Armada comes with a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment screen. It has rotary controls for volume, tuning, and volume. It is located at the top of the middle stack and includes built-in navigation, SiriusXM satellite Radio (subscription required), standard Android Auto, wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless smartphone charging. The SL model, which is mid-level, adds a Bose 13-speaker audio system. The Platinum trim has a rear-seat entertainment system that features dual 8.0-inch screens.