2004 Nissan Armada Preview

2017
The Car Connection
2017
The Car Connection

The Car Connection Expert Review

I wonder why Nissan's marketing boffins restrained themselves from labeling the company's new full-size sport-utility vehicle in this way. Is it just possible that someone has recalled the year 1588 and the miraculous tale of Spanish high-seas hubris smashed against the shoals of plucky little England?

Not that the analogy is out of place. Japan's successful invasion of the North American auto market is all but complete. What "all but" remains is that last bastion of Detroit's Big Three automakers, whose dominance in full-size trucks and SUVs is now under withering attack from Toyota and, now, Nissan. The full-size, eight-passenger Armada sails into view formidably arrayed to put Chevy's Tahoe, Ford's Expedition, Dodge's Durango, and even Toyota's Sequoia under heel.

Not so fast. There is nothing foregone about North America's acceptance of the Armada. Enthusiasts and market-watchers will have to wait a bit longer to discover whether it is an all-conquering new paradigm of Japanese design or just another big, heavy, thirsty American truck.

One inkling of the latter point of view is Armada's home port of Canton, Miss. Supplied by a V-8 engine plant in Decherd, Tenn., Nissan's spanking new Canton facility is the focal point for a full-size pickup and SUV revolution. Nestled deep behind enemy lines, Nissan is producing the full-size Titan pickup and both the Nissan Armada and Infiniti QX56 full-size SUVs. All three are equipped with monster powertrains based upon the 5.6-liter "Endurance" V-8. These are American trucks for American tastes, and it is remarkable how diligently Nissan has plumbed the American psyche for guidance.

Take Armada's twin-cam powertrain, for example: Power is merely bold at 305 hp; but torque is fantastic at 385 pound-feet. These are heavy-haulin' credentials, which the 9100-pound tow rating fully attests. (An optional tow package is required.) A distinctly American touch is the carefully tuned exhaust note that burbles encouragingly within the cabin of the Armada, even as it bla-a-a-ts threateningly at the bystanders it passes on its way.

The Car Connection Consumer Review

1 Review
5 star
0%
4 star
100%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
Rate and Review your car for The Car Connection! Tell us your own ratings for a vehicle you own. Rate your car on Performance, Safety, Features and more.
Write a Review
April 28, 2015
2004 Nissan Armada Base

Nice Vehicle- Bad MPG

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
We are the second owner of this SUV. It is very powerful, but along with that power comes the lack of decent gas mileage. With my wife driving around town, we're luck to get 10MPG. On the hwy its a little... + More »
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
October 17, 2016
2017 Nissan Armada 4x2 Platinum

My 4th Armada and my LAST

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
Heartbroken does't do justice for my feelings towards this SUV. I will start by saying that i have spent the last 11 years driving an Armada. Started with the 2006 Platinum, it was a lease, at the end of the... + More »
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
September 16, 2015
2015 Nissan Armada 2WD 4-Door SV

Good price but quality lacking

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
I purchased this 2015 Nissan Armada SV 2WD New on 08/13/2015, and these are my impressions thus far. One item of complaint, that really stands out is the overall lack of quality in the assembly of the vehicle... + More »
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
See all user reviews »
Looking for other models of the Nissan Armada?
Read reviews & get prices
Compare the 2004 Nissan Armada against the competition
Compare All Cars
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area
See More Used
s