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2017 Nissan Armada: Chicago Auto Show

What Is It?

The 2017 Nissan Armada is — finally — a fully redesigned version of Nissan’s full-size Armada SUV, which went on sale back in 2005. The outgoing model touted one of the oldest designs on the market, but the new one is here with a bold look that’s totally new to the Nissan lineup.

Its look is not, however, new to the market. The Armada shares its basic design with the Infiniti QX80, which earned the new styling back in 2011 when it was still called the QX56. Of course, there are a few changes — small touches here, unique Nissan traits there — but the general look is more or less identical.

The two models are also more or less identical under the hood, as the new Armada touts a 5.6-liter V8 that boasts 390 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque — figures that stop just shy of the QX80’s 400 hp and 413 lb-ft. Like the QX80, the Armada offers a 7-speed automatic transmission, replacing the current Armada’s 5-speed unit. Nissan pegs towing capacity at an impressive 8,500 pounds.

As for technology, the latest Armada has it in droves, offering Nissan’s 360-degree Around View camera system, a remote engine starter, an 8-inch center screen, a power lift gate, a power-folding third-row seat and a suite of new safety features such as forward-collision warning with automatic braking, a blind spot monitoring system, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning and a backup collision-prevention system.

How Much?

Although Nissan has not yet announced pricing, we expect a healthy boost over today’s Armada MSRP of around $39,500 with shipping.

When Can You Get It?

Summer 2016

Add It to Your Shopping List Because…

The full-size-SUV world doesn’t see a lot of action, and that makes the 2017 Nissan Armada the segment’s biggest story since a redesigned Chevy Tahoe debuted for the 2015 model year. More importantly, the latest Armada offers some highly welcome major changes over the outgoing model, which means it deserves a look even if you hadn’t considered the full-size Armada before.

Other Cars to Consider

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe — Traditionally the most popular full-size SUV, the Tahoe also boasts recently updated styling, V8 power and an impressive array of equipment and features.

2016 Ford Expedition — The recently revised Ford Expedition offers a standard V6, but don’t let that fool you: It’s a turbocharged V6 with an impressive 365 hp, and it can still pull 9,200 pounds. Aside from the powertrain and a few new features, however, the Expedition is showing its age.

2016 Toyota Sequoia — The Sequoia offers V8 power, a huge interior and a lot of equipment, along with impressive towing and hauling capabilities.

Used Infiniti QX80 — If you like the Armada’s design but want a more upscale badge or a longer list of standard equipment, consider a pre-owned QX80. It shares the Armada’s basic look but touts an upscale Infiniti badge and more standard features. Note that it was called the QX56 for the 2011 model year.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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