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7.0
/ 10
On Performance
BASE
INVOICE
$35,043
BASE
MSRP
$38,490
On Performance
The 2011 Nissan Armada boasts excellent powertrain performance, but its handling feels clumsier and less responsive than most in this class.
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PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10

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no fun at all to drive on winding back roads
Orlando Sentinel

This is one V-8 that pulls long and hard throughout the entire powerband
Motor Trend

The steering has a firm feel, but Armada reacts slowly to inputs.
Consumer Guide

Off-road, the powertrain has plenty of grunt, and the 20-inch tires work reasonably well in the mud, but this isn't exactly a mountain goat.
Orlando Sentinel


The 5.6-liter V-8 engine in the Armada makes 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque, and it starts with the rumble of a muscle car. Its torque-monster character works well with the five-speed automatic transmission, allowing smooth, quick takeoffs, even with a full load, as well as impressive passing ability (thanks to quick, responsive downshifting), while it can tow up to 9,100 pounds. The Armada, by some gauges, can get to 60 mph in less than seven seconds—good for such a large vehicle.

The more very conventional, carlike steering wheel and shifter position hint that the driving experience is going to be more carlike; but it isn't. While brakes are good, steering, handling, and maneuverability are sore spots for this mammoth truck; try to make any quick change in direction, and you're woefully aware of this vehicle's tremendous heft. The tall body and tall-sidewall tires don't help either, leading to a somewhat detached feel when making abrupt lane changes and the like.

Conclusion

The 2011 Nissan Armada boasts excellent powertrain performance, but its handling feels clumsier and less responsive than most in this class.

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