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2017 Nissan Armada: Gnarly and Nimble

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author photo by Rob Nestora June 2017

I hate to restate the obvious, but it's kinda my thing: The 2017 Nissan Armada is freaking huge! Now, I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record but seriously, until you've gotten behind the wheel of one you really can't understand. The Armada is basically a truck, not a crossover like many other smaller, yet similarly shaped vehicles. And just like a truck, it utilizes a boxed frame rather than the uni body construction of a car-based crossover. So in essence what you are driving is a full-size truck with a large cabin and cargo area in lieu of a cab and a bed. What makes the Armada so awesome is that it remains incredibly agile despite its size and underlying truck pedigree, meaning you can drive it in everyday situations without feeling like a semi driver making a delivery in midtown Manhattan.

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Parking lots are a place of constant struggle for me. They are rarely designed well, pedestrians are generally oblivious and frankly, there are parking trolls. Yes, parking trolls. These are people who are so incensed at someone's inability to maneuver a vehicle into an arbitrarily defined parking space that they will go so far as to block them in with their own vehicle and post the images on social media for the world to make fun of. Now, I have laughed loudly and vigorously at the victims of these parking-lot trolls but secretly, I fear that one day I, too, will become a victim. I have nightmares of walking out of Target to a lone, poorly parked crossover; boxed-in by off-road vehicles from a long-past SEMA convention adorned with No Fear stickers and piloted by reality-show rejects listening to Lil Yachty. Thankfully, I have no such worries when I'm in the 2017 Nissan Armada. Aside from its nimble handling which belies its size, the full-size SUV comes with Nissan's handy Around-View camera which lets you see exactly how you are positioned via a birds-eye representation on the infotainment system. This means you can figure out how to position your vehicle in even the tightest spots without it being too awkward. And there's definitely something to be said for not being too awkward.

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