Look at the Infiniti QX80. Now look at the Nissan Armada. See the difference? No? If it's hard to see, that's because they're essentially the same vehicle. But if you don't see the difference at a glance, you will in the price tag. The three-row 2019 Nissan Armada starts at just $46,790 while the Infiniti QX80 starts at $65,100. If you can forgo the finery of a large luxury SUV, the Nissan Armada will do fine for tens of thousands of dollars less. In this preview guide, we'll focus on what makes the Armada great while giving you the 411 on what the 2019 model has to offer.
What's New for 2019?
The Armada underwent a complete overhaul as recently as 2016. And in 2017 Nissan logged record sales. So it comes as no surprise that there are few changes to the Nissan Armada for the 2019 model year. But there is one change to note: active safety features have expanded. Forward collision mitigation, which can help you stop or slow down before a crash, and adaptive cruise control, which helps you keep a good distance between you and the car in front of you, are now standard and can be found on any 2019 Nissan Armada. Just a couple more ways to keep you and yours safe.
How Is the Cabin?
We may have started this article by stating that the Armada isn't a luxury vehicle, but the cabin looks luxurious nonetheless. This three-row SUV comes with a quality interior comprised of upscale materials. When we compare the Armada's interior to that of the QX80, there's very few differences. Slick layout is virtually the same while some of the materials differ. If the Infiniti is all business, the Armada is business casual. That's still pretty good.
You're not lacking for space in the Nissan Armada. There's just as much head and leg room in the front seat as there is in the middle row. Even the back row can accommodate most adults. Meanwhile, the cargo room is out of this world. With all the seats up, there's 16.5 cubic feet, the size of a large car trunk. But that number expands to almost six times that number when you fold all the seats down: a whopping 95.4 cubic feet.
You'll only have one engine option in the 2019 Nissan Armada, but we're not complaining. That engine is a 5.6-liter V8 good for 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque. The Armada's engine takes only 5.8 seconds to go from zero to 60, which is quite a feat when moving something this massive. The bottom line is that with the 2019 Armada, you'll probably never want for power. On top of that, the Nissan Armada can tow up to 8,500 pounds, which is the same as the Infiniti QX80.
If you want to drive a luxurious SUV without paying a luxury price, consider the always impressive Nissan Armada.