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2018 Nissan Armada Drivers’ Notes Review

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While it might not be as rugged as its Patrol cousin sold overseas, our 2018 Nissan Armada tester makes up for it in creature comforts. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, heated steering wheel and a whole suite of driver assists, this Platinum-trim Armada combines the confidence of a Titan with much of the comfort of an Infiniti QX80.

2018 Nissan Armada

In addition to the standard equipment, our four-wheel-drive tester includes the second-row captain’s chair package ($450) and carpeted floor and cargo mats ($310). In all, it rings up at $63,545, including destination charges.

Senior Editor, Green, John Beltz Snyder: The Armada is not really my cup of tea, and I wasn’t going to drive it this week. On the ride into the office on Monday, though, the snow was coming down hard, and cars were in the ditch, on wreckers, some shiny-side down. Having flashbacks of getting briefly stuck where my driveway meets my crappily plowed road in a Cadillac ATS the week before, I signed up for the Nissan Armada instead of the rear-drive Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid for my drive home. My commute was a breeze.

Despite being a huge monster, the view from the driver’s seat of the Armada was great. A high seating position, relatively low beltline, big mirrors and massive windows all around, I had no problem making my way through rush hour traffic in the icy dark. Even better, the Armada Platinum comes with Nissan’s Safety Shield suite and adaptive cruise control, acting like an extra set of eyes going down the road. Even in city traffic with no cruise control, the Armada was happy to brake early and smoothly, even bringing the vehicle to a complete stop without on its own without beeping and flashing lights in my face.

It was a cozy ride. The interior is spacious, and the leather upholstery comfortable. I warmed up with the heated seats and steering wheel, and listened to a podcast via Bluetooth. The In addition to the smoothness of the adaptive cruise control (though there were two instances when I had to intervene when the Armada wasn’t slowing down quickly enough), the ride was also surprisingly compliant. There was a little bit of road noise, but the sound of the V8 wasn’t too intrusive either.

The only thing that I had trouble getting past was the weird pleats in the leather on the door panel.

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