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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Five stars, front driver impact; four stars, front passenger impact; three stars, rollover resistance
Side curtain airbags that protect all three rows of passengers
Electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist are standard
Crash-test ratings are probably the quickest measure of a vehicle's safety credentials, and the 2008 Nissan Armada sports very respectable scores on this count. While the Insurance Industry for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not yet crash tested a Nissan Armada, the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has. After conducting both front impact and rollover tests, the NHTSA awarded the Nissan 2008 Armada a full five out of five stars for front impact driver protection, and four out of a possible five stars for front impact passenger protection. The one crash-test figure that stands out in a negative light is the rollover rating, and The Auto Channel notes that the 2008 Nissan Armada "earned a rollover rating of three of five stars," which is not altogether unexpected on such a large vehicle.
The 2008 Nissan Armada comes loaded with an impressive variety of standard features on both the SE and LE trim levels. Edmunds reviewers write that "Antilock disc brakes (with brake assist), stability control, front-seat active head restraints, rear parking sensors and side curtain airbags," along with a rear-obstacle-detection system, all come standard on every 2008 Nissan Armada. On the higher-end LE trim level, ConsumerGuide notes that Nissan has included "front side airbags" and a "front-obstacle-detection system." ForbesAutos offers on-road impressions of these systems, saying "brake-force distribution and brake assist are able to stop the charging Armada quickly and efficiently."
One area in which reviews read by TheCarConnection.com praise the Nissan 2008 Armada is driver visibility, which typically isn't a virtue on large SUVs. On the Nissan Armada, ConsumerGuide says "visibility is commanding," thanks to the Nissan Armada's "jumbo door mirrors and unobtrusive headrests." Kelley Blue Book adds that "the broad expanse of glass allows for good 360-degree visibility," while The Auto Channel writes that the "Rear Proximity Sensor System" will "beep when you are close to an obstacle," further aiding parking lot driving.
The 2008 Nissan Armada surrounds occupants with airbags and safety features.