The full-size Nissan Armada SUV was completely remodeled for the 2021 model year. The changes also include a score of sweet technology features. The results are impressive. The changes should help the Armada effectively compete against the redesigned Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon. The Armada may even have an edge over the competition, with more standard driver assist features, a larger touchscreen infotainment system, and more towing capability.
On top of that, the Armada’s standard V8 engine is more powerful than in previous editions of Nissan’s signature big rig. Its independent suspension also provides a smooth ride. Here we review the latest version of Nissan Armada, looking at what works and what doesn’t in the 2021 model.
Nissan has given the exterior of the Armada a serious makeover. It’s been outfitted with a squarer front end that sports more prominent headlights. The Armada’s bumper and taillights have also been remodeled and are now connected by a continuous trim piece. A sharp looking new Midnight Edition with blacked-out trim can be had for extra money. The exterior changes are significant enough to make the latest Armada look fresh. Early reviews have praised the changes as a big upgrade over past editions of the Armada.
Engine and Performance
The 2021 Armada boasts a powerful 5.6-liter, V8 engine, coupled with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The engine can produce 400 horsepower and 413 pound feet of torque. It comes in either rear- or all-wheel drive. Ever model can tow a maximum of 8,500 pounds. In addition to the strong engine, the Armada has also been praised for its smooth handling and fully independent suspension. The steering, however, has been criticized as being a bit slow to react. However, the braking has received positive reviews for being responsive and consistent.
Trimlines and Prices
The 2021 Armada comes in four trimlines. They range in price from $50,000 to just over $65,000. The second highest SL trim is widely viewed as offering the best value. In addition to all the standard features that come with the base model, the SL also comes with a 13-speaker Bose audio system, 20-inch rims, leather interior appointments, a power liftgate, remote starter and a sunroof. The trimlines and prices are as follows. For even more details, check out Nissan’s website.
- S: $49,995
- SV: $53,995
- SL: $57,395
- Platinum: $66,395
Inside, Nissan has also redesigned the center stack and added a hefty 12.3-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay. The gauge cluster comes with a new 7.0-inch color display that further modernizes the cabin. The interior is generally comfortable and spacious. The cabin is well-insulated from outside noise and most materials are soft and plush. The Armada has three rows of seats and can accommodate up to eight passengers reasonably comfortably. However, capacity drops to seven people with the optional second-row captain’s chairs added. Overall, the Armada feels high-end and classy and offers plenty of third-row legroom, which can be rare in SUVs. The top-of-the-line Platinum model has quilted seat surfaces and wood trim accents.
As mentioned, the new Armada has a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with rotary controls for volume and tuning. The unit comes with built-in navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, standard Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay, and wireless smartphone charging. The mid-level SL model adds a 13-speaker Bose audio system, and the top-of-the-line Platinum trim features a rear-seat entertainment system with dual 8.0-inch screens for watching videos.
The 2021 Armada also gets newly standard active safety features, including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alerts. The latest Armada has not yet been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The Armada’s warranty coverages are average for SUVs in its class. The warranty coverage includes a limited warranty for three years or 36,000 miles, a powertrain warranty for five years or 60,000 miles. Sadly, Nissan doesn’t offer any complimentary scheduled maintenance — unlike its Tahoe and Yukon competitors.
All Armadas are powered by the same V8 engine and come with a standard automatic transmission, a combination that makes the Nissan less fuel efficient than many of its rivals. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates the rear-drive version of the 2021 Armada will earn 14 MPG of city driving and 19 MPG on the highway. Adding all-wheel drive into the mix reduces both numbers by one MPG each.
- Newly redesigned exterior that makes the Armada look sharp and refreshed.
- Powerful V8 engine comes standard in all trimlines.
- Loaded with standard technology and safety features.
- Steering has been criticized as imprecise.
- Fuel economy is lacking compared to competitors.
- No scheduled maintenance offered.
The Last Word
The new look 2021 Armada gets high praise for its redesign, technology, and spaciousness. While reviewers have complained about the steering and fuel economy, those complaints are minor when stacked against the many positives of this full-size SUV. The newest Armada has so much to recommend it that it should be able to easily compete with rivals like Tahoe or Yukon. The 2021 Nissan Armada is worth checking out.