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2017 Nissan Armada: Touchscreen and Off-Road

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author photo by Brian Moody January 2017

One feature on our new 2017 Nissan Armada that's bound to cause controversy is the touchscreen display. It's the older design that Nissan and Infiniti vehicles have used for many years. Other Nissans like the Murano and the Maxima have a newer look and design. The older design is easier to use and laid out in a very straightforward manner. In the Armada, it's quick and responsive, and it's paired with voice commands for hands-free operation of many features, including phone and navigation.

I personally own a 2015 Nissan Murano, and I was a little disappointed when Nissan changed to the new infotainment and navigation system. That being said, the new system has a few advantages. For one, the screen has a higher resolution, so the images are sharper, the display and icons for satellite radio are better, and on some new versions (in the Nissan Maxima), you can get Apple CarPlay. And that iPhone interface is really the big deal here: The Armada doesn't have it. For some, this understandably might be a deal-breaker. The new Nissan Pathfinder has the updated system but doesn't get Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

Finally, we've taken the Armada off-road, but it's not really the super-challenging kind of terrain that Jeep Rubicon or Toyota Land Cruiser owners would brag about conquering. The way the 2017 Nissan Armada is equipped, it feels like it's intended more for getting muddy and dusty on a 30-minute trek to the campsite than for getting banged up on an all-day outing to Moab.

Truthfully, one of our Oversteer writers took his beater of a used Dodge Caravan off-road, and in the video, the terrain looks similar to what we conquered in the Armada. Well, OK, the Caravan stunt happened in Kansas, where a freeway on-ramp qualifies as a hill. We have the Armada in Georgia, where there are more hills, rocks and pine trees. Still, the 4-wheel independent suspension on the Armada smooths out the ruts and handles rocks, mud and downed tree limbs easily, and it does so with a refinement matched only by Land Rover and Lexus.

Looking for a glamping partner? The Armada is it. It's probably good for Boy Scout events and hunting weekends, too.

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