The 2008 Nissan Armada demonstrates that you need not have an all-new vehicle to make it feel like one. With familiar bodywork and a proven engine and chassis it might come across as merely a minor restyle, but with an essentially new interior and a lot of fine-tuning behind the scenes, it’s a major advancement.
While fuel prices and environmental concerns have tempered the full-size SUV market, there remains a need for seven-or-eight seat vehicles with room for some cargo that have the ability to tow sizable trailers, reach remote destinations, or both, and that’s what the Armada is for. Armada is rated to tow a 9,000-pound trailer.
LE adds leather upholstery, heated eight-way power seats, power liftgate, upgraded audio, a navigation system with real-time traffic reporting, and a heated steering wheel. Many features standard on the LE are available on SE as options.
Options include a moonroof, DVD entertainment system, and middle-row captain’s chairs. A tow package includes hitch, wiring, 3.36:1 axle ratio, heavy-duty battery, and self-leveling rear suspension.
Safety features that come standard include three-row curtain airbags, the mandated frontal airbags, active front head restraints, rear proximity sensors. Active safety features include electronic stability control, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist.