2013 Nissan Armada – Review

In the automotive world brimming with crossover SUVs, 2013 Nissan Armada stands out with its old-school body look on a frame construction. The eight-passenger SUV was first introduced back in 2004, and is the perfect choice for those looking for cargo hauling and transporting more people.  The Armada series has been kept fresh by Nissan with a number  of updates. 2013 Nissan Armada kicks off an aggressive new vehicle with a wide range of enhancements. Having the power and size to accommodate whatever demanded by the owner, the Armada can seat up to eight people and is available in four-wheel or rear wheel drive.  Get a comprehensive 2013 Nissan Armada review here and if you like it, Dallas car lease can give you an estimate of the leasing costs.

Exterior and Interiors

2013 Nissan Armada - Exterior

The exterior design in 2013 Nissan Armada is both impressive and stylish. Based on a long 123.2-inch wheelbase, you get a length of just over 17 feet that makes for good room for passengers and cargo. Armada equipped with the standard navigation system offers comfortable eight-passenger cabin that looks attractive and carries good styling. Those gauges and controls are well placed. There is plenty of head room and leg room for the passengers. You will love the healthy 97 cubic feet of cargo space in the Armada. The entry-level SV model is equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate, rear parking sensors and side-step rails. Bluetooth cell phone connectivity along with eight-speaker audio system is standard. As part of the driving package you get power liftgate, fog lights, rearview camera, auto-dimming mirror. The leather upholstery, keyless ignition/entry and heated front seats are some other included features. Nissan has certainly done those interior a bit better but one can still find many dull plastic trim pieces inside. You get a choice of 8 colors for the exterior.

2013 Nissan Armada

Engine and Performance

2013 Nissan Armada gets its power by a 5.6-liter V8 that creates 385 pound-feet of torque and 317 hp. The only available transmission is the five-speed automatic but customers can pick from four-wheel drive or a rear-wheel drive. EPA fuel economy is at 19 mpg highway and 13 mpg city. When properly equipped, the towing capacity of Armada can touch 9,100 pounds. The maneuverability and handling in Armada are not its strong points though and when changes those directions fast, you get aware of the large and heft size of Armada. But the ride quality is definitely smooth and is smoothes out those major bumps.

2013 Nissan Armada

Safety Features

2013 Nissan Armada safety features comprise of traction and stability control, anti-lock disc brakes, full-length side curtain airbags, front-seat side-impact airbags, and front-seat active head restraints. Ir ranks high on safety with the anti-lock brakes with brake assist.

2013 Nissan Armada


  • Strong off-the-line acceleration
  • Tows 9,000 pounds
  • Commendable driving position
  • Attractive and comfortable interior


  • Lower cargo space as compared to other full-size SUVs
  • Lower fuel economy

2013 Nissan Armada - Rear

Concluding the 2013 Nissan Armada review, we find that the new model carries only some minor tweaks. But it is still the classic full-size SUV mold with huge interior space and rugged good looks.  It is practical for hauling and towing needs, but offers poor fuel economy. The angled grille adds to the macho appeal of the Armada and the model delivers beefy performance with a good ride quality. Those super size dimensions make the handling a bit ponderous. You will like the new Bluetooth connectivity that is standard and those 7 or 8 seats. Rear-seat entertainment system and heated steering wheel are optional. But you will not be impressed by the fuel economy. Get modern style, functionality in the new Nissan Armada along with top safety features.

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Published on: January 27, 2013

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