- suv 168,223
- 9,900 high price
- Eugene, OR
- 5 months
2004 nissan armada review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. All-new full-size suv starts at the front of the class. introductionthe 2004 nissan armada is an all-new full-size sport-utility vehicle that's every bit as big as a ford expedition. Based on the new nissan titan full-size pickup, the armada is actually a little larger than the toyota sequoia, chevrolet tahoe, and gmc yukon. armada seats seven or eight people. The interior is comfortable, convenient and luxurious. Three rows of seats are provided, with limo-like roominess in the second row. Nissan claims best-in-class rear legroom and we believe it. The back seat looks and feels much roomier than the expedition, which isn't exactly cramped. Both rear rows fold flat giving the armada enormous cargo capacity. equipped with a powerful v8, the armada is impressive underway. Nissan's new 5. 6-liter engine delivers strong torque for quick acceleration and the ability to pull trailers of up to 9,100 pounds. A smooth five-speed automatic transmission adds to the responsiveness of the 32-valve double overhead-cam v8. handling is impressive as well. Armada was designed in california and is built at nissan's brand-new $1. 43 billion factory in canton, mississippi. about that name: initially called the pathfinder armada, it's now simply called simply armada. It's available in se and le trim, both of which are well-equipped models. Armada comes standard with three rows of seats and all models come with the v8 engine. Options for the le include an upgrade package 600) with power rear lift gate and power front passenger’s seat; a sunroof 1600); a second-row bench seat (no charge); and a technology package 3,900) with a navigation system and dual-zone climate controls. a dvd-based overhead entertainment system 1,500) is available for any bose-equipped armada. Also available is a choice of xm or sirius satellite radio 400). Available accessories include a grille guard 590) and cargo tray 70). the se off-road model 36,450 for 2wd, $39,250 for 4wd) features rancho shock absorbers, a lower final drive ratio, heavy-duty cooling system, skid plates to protect the underside of the vehicle from damage while venturing off road, and seven-spoke wheels with 17-inch off-road tires designed to help absorb the travails of off-pavement travel. Off-road versions also add seton leather seating surfaces, side-impact airbags for the front seats, six-way power adjustment for the front-seat passenger, bose audio, and fog lamps. A sunroof and second-row captain's chairs are also available. standard safety equipment includes roof-mounted side-impact curtain airbags for all three rows, shoulder harnesses for all seating positions, vehicle dynamic control (an electronic stability control system), and tire-pressure monitors. All models have power adjustable pedals and sonar-based rear proximity (park-assist) sensors. Nearly 207 inches long, armada is a foot longer than the chevy tahoe and gmc yukon. Part of that is its size. Its wide stance and long wheelbase with short front and rear overhangs give it a look of strength. In other words, the wheels are pushed out toward the corners of the truck, making for easier maneuverability in tight quarters as well as rock-solid stability on the highway. adding to the armada's bold presence are its big chrome bumpers. It's big grille is body-colored on the se, chromed for even more visual strength on the le. It makes for an imposing image in rear-view mirrors. viewed by some angles, the armada almost looks like a cartoon drawing. The rear-door handles are mounted on the c-pillar instead of down on the door panel. Those rear doors are part of the design signature because instead of angling straight down or toward the rear of the vehicle, their rear edge is more of a dogleg that turns back toward the front of the car. The impression is to visually enhance the structure around the main passenger section and to give the armada a distinctively strong side view. The standard running boards are a good feature because step-in height is 21 to 22. 5 inches, depending on drivetrain and wheel size. viewed from the rear, the armada has a wide rear window, which can be opened separately. The hatch is large, providing a big opening for loading or unloading cargo. Though large, the rear door feels light when opening or closing it. A power option allows the door to be opened or closed at the touch of a button on the key fob, useful when approaching with an armload of groceries on a rainy day. Enhancing the armada's wide stance are narrow shoulders that frame the vertically stacked tail lamps and a tall chromed center section of the rear bumper. as mentioned, the armada is based on the nissan titan, a full-size pickup. For its part, the titan is the first pickup from an import brand to go head-to-head against the full-size ford f-150, dodge ram, and chevrolet silverado. (the toyota tundra is smaller and doesn't quite go head to head.). interiorthe armada interior is attractive, comfortable and convenient. There's a nice mix of materials. The seton leather available on the off-road model is rich and luxurious and has a lot of texture that makes it interesting to look at. the eight-way adjustable driver's seat is comfortable and supportive. Adjustable pedals and tilting steering wheel help ensure the proper driving position. We found the seats comfortable and liked the commanding view of the road. A two-piece sun visor keeps the sun off the eyes. The gauge package includes speedometer and tachometer, oil pressure, temperature, voltage and fuel gauges. Ordering the towing package adds a transmission temperature gauge. there's plenty of places to put stuff. Opening the lid to the center console reveals a deep storage compartment. In front of that is a large open binnacle perfect for tossing stuff and it has an arm that swings out to secure a big water bottle. There are narrow storage channels along the sides of the center tunnel and more storage is found in the interior door panels and on top of the dashboard above the outer vents. The center console's well-designed cup holders are easy to access. A long, overhead console provides more storage and a pair of map lights. Three 12-volt outlets are provided, including one in the rear, and two of them provide power even when the engine is not running. the armada's back seats offer acres of space. Passengers in the second row enjoy a limo-like 42 inches of leg room. Families told nissan they need more room in the second row that what's available in other full-size suvs, so the armada was designed with best-in-class rear legroom. A choice of rear seats is available: a bench seat with a flip down armrest or captain's chairs with a large center console. Either way, the second-row seat feels significantly roomier than in the ford expedition and much roomier than in tahoe, yukon, and sequoia. the third-row seats are raised, stadium style, for better forward visibility by those sitting back there. The second-row seats easily flip down and tumble out of the way when getting in and out of the third row; the release is a little easier to operate than the expedition's. They are reasonably comfortable for third-row seats, but are best used for children or short distances. the armada can carry almost as much cargo as the old spanish armadas. With all seats in their full upright positions, the armada provides 20 cubic feet of space behind the third row, which is similar to that of the expedition. It's deep enough to fit a 30-gallon cooler. There's also a nice storage area hidden beneath the rear section of the cargo floor.
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