Introduced last year, and thus continuing with only minor revisions for 2005, this full-size sport-utility vehicle shares platforms and powertrains with the Infiniti QX56, but with bolder exterior styling. Both models are, in turn, based on Nissan's Titan pickup truck. This means the Armada is built on a fully boxed truck frame and comes powered by a 5.6-liter 315-horsepower "Endurance" V-8 engine. A five-speed-automatic transmission with manual-shift mode is standard, and the Armada is available in both rear- and four-wheel-drive versions. Its maximim towing capacity is rated at 9100 pounds. The Armada seats as many as eight passengers with standard second and third row bench seats; second-row captain's chairs are also offered. Side-curtain airbags, Vehicle Dynamic Control, a tire-pressure monitor head a long list of standard features.
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2004 Nissan Armada SE 4x4 by Marc K. Stengel
Heavy sailing: Nissan's Armada fires a broadside at the Big Three's full-size SUVs.