I spent most of the summer driving our long-term 2017 Nissan Armada. I went from being seriously intimidated by it to absolutely loving the feeling of driving such a big, brawny SUV. It proved to be an excellent family hauler (though I wish it had captain’s seats) and a great road tripper. Handing the keys over to our content producer, Rob, was a sad day for me … but getting back behind the wheel of our long-term Chrysler Pacifica opened my eyes to a few things I didn’t realize when I was driving the Armada.
Nissan’s Around View Monitor is one of the best, most life-changing pieces of in-car technology I’ve experienced during my 4-plus years with Autotrader. The forward-facing camera specifically is something I used every single day during my time with the Armada. Pulling into tight spaces, checking to see if I was evenly between the lines of a parking spot or inching toward the wall in my garage … I found myself using it all the time. So when I parked for the first time in the Pacifica the other day and without thinking went to press the "camera" button — which the Pacifica doesn’t have — I felt almost crippled by the lack of a quick access forward-facing camera. I should note that the Pacifica does have this view, but you have to hit several buttons on the touchscreen to access it, as opposed to Nissan’s simple button on the center stack. Nissan is ahead of the curve with this offering, and I give them a lot of credit for that.
On the other hand, the rest of Nissan’s infotainment system and tech features are a little dated. Seeing the crisp, wide panoramic view of the rear camera in the Pacifica made me realize that Nissan’s system could use some updating. The rear-seat entertainment system is not really user-friendly for families with little kids, and the layout of the touchscreen display is not as intuitive as Chrysler’s, in my opinion. It also happens to be Nissan’s older system, as opposed to the newer one found in the Murano and Maxima.
Still, I really enjoyed my time with the 2017 Nissan Armada, so much so that my husband and I have added it to our consideration set as we search for a 3-row SUV for our family. And we’re also considering the very similar Infiniti QX80, which we could get as a certified pre-owned vehicle with low mileage, a great warranty and a pretty reasonable price. More to come on that! Find a 2017 Nissan Armada for sale
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