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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
First- and second-row legroom beats rivals
Materials that trail Armada's large-SUV rivals
Eight adults can fit in the Nissan Armada's spacious interior
At Nissan, 2008 brings a full-size Armada SUV that has received some interior quality enhancements, but they aren't enough to propel the big Nissan Armada near the top of its class when it comes to overall comfort and quality.
In its standard configuration, ForbesAutos says the 2008 Nissan Armada has "seating for up to eight," though Kelley Blue Book notes that "an excellent set of optional second-row captain's chairs" reduces capacity to seven. The large dimensions of the 2008 Nissan Armada shine through when it comes to interior comfort, and reviews read by TheCarConnection.com unanimously praise the "roomy cabin," as Edmunds refers to the Armada's interior. Up front, Consumer Guide reviewers find "roomy, supportive seats" and "standard power pedals," as well as "standard tilt steering wheel" that allow drivers to "fine-tune a comfortable driving position." The second row also "outclasses the others" in terms of "headroom and legroom," according to Motor Trend. However, The Auto Channel writes "third-row passengers are going to feel smashed."
In addition to providing ample seating room, the large 2008 Nissan Armada boasts commendable cargo space. ConsumerGuide praises the "terrific interior storage" on the Nissan Armada, as "bins, pockets," and "beverage holders abound." As for rear cargo storage, Edmunds says the "second and third rows are split and easy to fold flat, allowing one to optimize most any combination of people and cargo," but even with "both rows folded down, maximum cargo capacity stands at 97 cubic feet, which rates about 10 cubes less than the Armada's domestic rivals." One convenient feature of the folding rear seats is that "unlike some competing vehicles, the headrests do not have to be removed first," according to Cars.com.
On previous model years of the Nissan Armada, the interior was sharply criticized for its low-quality materials. For 2008, Nissan has updated the Armada with "more soft-touch materials and wood-tone accents," according to Edmunds, though while "it's much more inviting than before, the Armada's interior still lags behind the solidly executed examples set by General Motors." ConsumerGuide affirms that, writing "interior decor is mostly plain with materials that trail Armada's large-SUV rivals." ConsumerGuide also finds some build-quality issues, as their "test examples had various creaks and rattles, including a squeaking steering column."
Despite the build-quality issues, the Nissan 2008 Armada offers a decently quiet highway ride. ConsumerGuide writes "wind and road noise are nicely muffled," aside from some "wind whistle from the cargo area."
The 2008 Nissan Armada suffers from some quality issues, but it offers exceptional first- and second-row room and comfort.