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author photo by Brian Moody August 2016

Nissan has totally changed the full-size Armada SUV. It used to be based on the Titan pickup, but now, the 2017 Nissan Armada is essentially a Nissan Patrol, a well-respected and popular SUV around the world. The Patrol is so popular, there are multiple Instagram accounts dedicated to just how much people love it. Think of the Patrol as Nissan's equal to the Land Cruiser, and you'll have a pretty good idea what the Armada is about.

The new Armada is much better-looking and has a rounder appearance especially when compared to the previous, more boxy-looking Armada.

One thing that's obvious right away is that the interior is much nicer that before. The materials are of better quality, and there are tons of tech options. Gone is the overly plastic interior. Also, heated seats, navigation and a Bose audio system are standard.

The interior is very quiet at all speeds -- really, the 2017 Nissan Armada feels more like a luxury SUV than many of its competitors. It's reasonable to compare the Armada with SUVs like the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Acadia. The seats are comfortable, and there's plenty of room in the second and third rows.

A 5.6-liter V8 is the standard engine, and it makes 390 horsepower. A new 7-speed transmission help manage all that power. The V8 is strong and quiet; you can feel it pulling, but it never sounds loud or harsh. There's not much of an exhaust note, and that's probably a good thing, but it would be nice to hear a little of the V8's rumble.

The Armada is available in 2- or 4-wheel drive. All-wheel-drive models have a pretty high level of off-road ability, helped by features like a rigid frame, hill assist and a 2-speed transfer case.

Double-wishbone suspension and front and rear stabilizer bars help keep the Armada planted both on- and off-road.

Base price for the Armada SV 4x2 is about $45,000, and it's on sale now.

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