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Nissan’s Big SUV Now Costs More Yet Still Packs Value


The biggest SUV in Nissan’s lineup costs a little more this year, but the $1,000 price hike seems like a small price to pay for a much larger screen with wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility.

For 2021, Nissan has reworked its Armada 3-row SUV with fresh styling outside, a little more power from its big — and thirsty — V8 engine, and a slew of additional tech features inside. The cheapest Armada now starts at $48,500 (plus $1,395 destination charge), and that price tag can climb to nearly $68,000 for the range-topping Armada Platinum with four-wheel drive.

Even the base Armada S is no slouch when it comes to in-car tech thanks to its new 12.3-inch touchscreen that features Wi-Fi and wireless CarPlay, though Android Auto users will still need a USB cord. A wireless charging pad is optional. To help maneuver the big SUV — it stretches 209 inches between its bumpers and can weigh upward of 6,000 pounds with passengers and fuel aboard — Nissan offers a rearview mirror that doubles as a digital display fed by a camera mounted at the rear.

On the safety front, the Armada comes standard with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warnings, and adaptive cruise control.

The Armada is an older basic design than its Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition rivals, though it is less expensive than those Detroit SUVs and its 5.6-liter V8 puts out more standard horsepower — 400 hp in total.

The 2021 Nissan Armada is available now.

Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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