2018 Nissan Armada Review

The 2018 Nissan Armada is one of the highest rated SUVs at the moment and it is really easy to understand why. Buyers can enjoy the really strong V8 engine, many standard features included and a classy, well-built interior. However, we are also faced with some sloppy handling, steering, fuel economy that is not so great and quite a cramped third row.

The 2018 version receives various upgrades, including an LCD camera added to your rearview mirror. At the same time, we should also mention the following.

2018 Nissan Armada Summary

This has to be considered as being the flagship SUV of the Nissan brand, one that is related to the Infinity QX80 and the Patrol. As standard you do receive rear wheel drive, with 4WD being optional. Armada can accommodate a maximum of 8 passengers as standard configuration but there is also a 7 seat option that includes captain’s chairs in the second row.


All trims include a 5.6 L V8 engine that has 390 hp, paired with automatic transmission with 7 speeds. The EPA fuel economy for the rear drive models are city/highway 14/19 with AWD leading to 13/18. If fully equipped the towing capacity is as high as 8,500 pounds and the cargo space you get is 16.5 cubic feed. When you take down the last row of chairs you do get a lot more.

When looking at the standard features you should know that you will receive NissanConnect, the brand’s proprietary infotainment system. It includes a touchscreen of 8.0 inches and good navigation settings. Inside you will get keyless entry and start, remote start, dual zone climate control, rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, front seats with 8 way power adjustments, a great Bose premium audio system, LED low beam headlights, USB ports, 18 inch alloy wheels, parking sensors and much more. If you opt for a higher trim level you will get leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, larger wheels, power liftgate, Around View Monitor visibility system and an interesting entertainment system.


No crash test was performed by the IIHS and NHTSA till now but we do know that the 2018 Nissan Armada features various good features like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, rear automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, blind-spot warning and moving object detection. These are all in the SL trim as an extra technology package and in the Platinum trim it is standard.


On the whole, the 2018 Nissan Armada is quite well-built with good logic in the automatic gearbox and fast shifts but handling is unfortunately a little sloppy. This is something that will turn off many buyers. Interior is well built though so if this is something that is really important for, although third row seats will be cramped, it is an SUV to take a closer look at.