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You know things are bad when reviewers indicate that it’s an ‘ok SUV.’ Even the Ford Pinto was considered better than ‘ok.’ The first thought when checking background information and specs about the Nissan Armada is that it seems a bit pricey relative to others in the same class with the same or better features. It looks nice, but are good looks alone worth the price? For some, maybe.

The price is considered the least inexpensive of the large SUVs. Still, with the addition of each option, you move closer and closer towards a Chevy Tahoe, which is a better SUV with better towing capabilities and reliability scores.

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The Nissan Armada does boast a V8, so at least you know it’s not underpowered. There is very little worse than a mid to large-sized SUV you feel you have to will up large hills and mountains. SUV drivers know that gas mileage is always atrocious. It’s nice to discuss gas mileage and hope for the best, but people don’t buy these SUVs for the gas mileage specs. Unfortunately for the Nissan Armada, the gas mileage is considered bad even for a gas-guzzling SUV. So it’s a nice looking SUV with a large engine and horrific gas mileage. But delving deeper into the Nissan Armada found so many more problems.

It looks nice, but are good looks alone worth the price.

The positives

Let us start with the good. No need to negative Nelly everything. Let us give credit where it is due. The Nissan Armada is rated highly for the engine, cabin interior, and decent reliability rating. But continuous drivers of the vehicle rate driver comfort poorly, which for that large of a vehicle, spending that much money, and with a likely intention of spending a lot of hours in it, the seating should be top-notch.

And the negatives

Other driver complaints relate to the infotainment system, which is considered subpar to other class members. Despite the size, drivers also complained consistently of less cargo room than expected and found in its peers. It’s a lot of money to spend to be uncomfortable, with cramped cargo space and lousy fuel mileage. It’s ranked #20 in SUVs with 20 rows, and there are only 26 in the class.

Absolutely shocking was that the number one best SUV with three rows was the Kia Telluride. With a starting price of $31,690, which is far below the Nissan Armada’s MSRP of$47,100.

The price is considered the inexpensive of the large SUVs, but with the addition of each option, you move closer and closer towards a Chevy Tahoe, which is a better SUV with better towing capabilities and reliability scores.

Though test drivers rate reliability high, actual purchasers don’t. Taryn Adams of Tennesse indicated that within owing a 2018 Nissan Armada Platinum for a few months ‘the check engine light had come on three times, the computer needed a flash update, the air conditioning went out, the dash came loose, there’s rattling in the back door panel, and the transmission is acting up.’ YIKES!

The driver reviews are awful. From paint chips to stalling and just dying mid-road, rot and rust problems, accelerator issues, braking, total brake failure, and heater core problems. The list goes on and on. Many of them are common and consistent. Yet Nissan refuses to do a recall, and many owners complain of having to pay out-of-pocket for what should at least be partial, if not fully manufacturer-paid repairs.

The Nissan Armada does boast a V8 so at least you know it’s not underpowered.

Overall, without a massive overhaul dealing specifically with the driver noted concerns, the Nissan Armada should not be considered a buy.

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