What to Expect from the 2017 Nissan Armada?

The 2017 Nissan Armada is (basically) a Nissan Patrol and shares many components with the Infiniti QX80. Gone is the platform shared with last generation’s Nissan Titan. Although this 2017 model looks similar to the outgoing model, the 2017 Nissan Armada is all-new.

Despite having the same displacement (and block) as the previous model, the ‘Endurance’ 5.6-liter V8 is now direct injected with new hardware (dual overhead cams, 32 valves, ‘VVEL’ valve control, etc.). At 390 horsepower and 401 lbs-feet of torque, the power is a significant jump over the old engine’s 317 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque. That power-plant is coupled to a 7-speed automatic transmission. It’s a brother to the transmission that began life (stateside) in the Infiniti QX80.


TFLtruck had a chance to play with this engine in the 2016 Nissan Titan XD gas (2016 Nissan Titan XD with the Gas 5.6-liter V8) and even see where the mill is produced. Although power was never lacking from the previous Nissan Armada, the efficiency was on the lower end of the scale. As we experienced with the new 7-speed transmission, the potential for greatly improved EPA numbers is there. Maximum towing will be 8,500 lbs.

Regarding the 4WD system, According to Nissan, “A system so advanced, it responds instantly to changing road conditions and continuously adjusts the amount of power distributed to each axle to help maintain control. All-Mode automatically switches to 4WD to improve traction on lower-friction surfaces, and switches back to 2WD for optimal fuel economy when more traction is available.”

The 2017 Nissan Armada will have available three-row seating with room for up to eight passengers. According to Nissan, the second row will have “Best in Class” head and legroom. The 60/40 rear seats will fold completely flat into the floor.

One of the areas where the old Nissan Armada needed improvement was the interior. It never quite met the level of refinement of many competitors. Regarding the new interior, Nissan says,”Everywhere you turn, you see signs of a high-quality, crafted interior – from the use of wood-tone and metallic accents that provide a premium touch, to the gorgeous precision controls. And when it comes to comfort, the multi-zone temperature control puts it at almost every passenger’s fingertips.”

Here’s a list of available and standard safety equipment for the 2017 Nissan Armada (some equipment may change when the 2017 Nissan Armada is produced).

2017 Nissan Armada with Safety Shield:

  • Intelligent Cruise Control provides the benefits of cruise control with the options of adding speed and distance intervals.
  • Blind Spot Warning and Blind Spot Intervention can warn you if a vehicle is detected in the blind spot area. If you ignore the warning, they can assist in returning the vehicle back toward the center of the lane.
  • Backup Collision Intervention alerts you of a potential collision with a “detected” approaching vehicle or large stationary object while backing up. Should you continue moving on a collision course, the brakes will automatically engage.
  • Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Prevention help sense unintended lane drift and automatically assist you in returning toward the center of the lane.
  • Predictive Forward Collision Warning helps warn you if there is a risk of a forward collision. If you fail to respond to the warning, Forward Emergency Braking can apply braking automatically to help reduce the speed of impact and severity of a collision.
  • Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection helps you get the big picture, with four cameras that can detect moving objects near the vehicle and alert you.
  • Front and Rear Parking Sonar features sensors on all four corners that look out for static objects. When you’re getting close to a detected object, it will let you know with an audible warning.

The 2017 Nissan Armada will come in three trims: SV, SL and Platinum.


The base model 2017 Nissan SV comes with standard with 18-inch wheels, navigation and a 13-speaker Bose entertainment system. The SL comes with leather “appointed” seats, 20-inch wheels and the Around-view monitoring system. The top-of-the-line 2017 Nissan Armada Platinum adds blind-spot monitoring, predictive collision warning, climate-controlled (heated and cooled) front seats and power-sliding sunroof.

Prices have not been released as of this writing, but we expect to get that and first impressions in the next few months. Expect the 2017 Nissan Armada to arrive in showrooms summer 2016. We cannot wait to drive and test it.

Speaking of the 2017 Nissan Armada, here’s its debut preceding the 2016 Chicago Auto Show.

Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.
Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed
Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.