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PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10
alert, smooth-shifting automatic transmission
great grip and no drama when cornering”
Gas mileage is a tough one to swallow
The Auto Channel
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com’s editors portray the 2009 Nissan Armada as an SUV with a powerful engine that drinks gasoline and doesn’t possess great handling.
Motor Trend observes that the Nissan Armada offers "great grip and no drama when cornering," though Edmunds reviewers feel that "the massive girth of this truck is obvious when cornering." ConsumerGuide calls the Armada's handling "clumsy in close quarters," and says the steering "has a firm feel, but Armada reacts slowly to inputs." When it comes to ride quality, Kelley Blue Book finds that "so long as the road remains fairly smooth the Armada maintains a very livable ride." On coarser surfaces, ConsumerGuide warns "jiggle is noticeable over patchy pavement and expansion joints." The 2009 Nissan Armada also boasts confidence-inspiring brakes, which Motor Trend praises as "superior to the other SUVs" in its class.
The 2009 Nissan Armada turns in terrible mileage figures, even for a full-size SUV. Car and Driver lists frequent "trips to the fuel pump" as one of the Nissan Armada's low points, thanks to an EPA-estimated 12 mpg city and 18 mpg highway on two-wheel-drive models, which drops ever so slightly to 12/17 mpg on the four-wheel-drive versions. The Armada ranks as one of the lowest-mileage full-size SUVs that TheCarConnection.com’s editors have tested; this editor could only average 11 mpg in mostly city driving in one.
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com rave about what Forbes Autos describes as the "generous low-end torque" of the Nissan V-8—the only engine available, as Edmunds points out, is “a 5.6-liter V8 that pumps out 317 hp and 385 pound-feet of torque." ConsumerGuide testers also find that the "Armada delivers fairly strong takeoffs," and Motor Trend testers manage to go from "0 to 60 in a mere 6.8 seconds." In addition to incredible acceleration, the Nissan Armada's V-8 boasts a towing capacity that The Auto Channel says "beats out competition by more than 2,000 lbs."
The ‘09 Nissan Armada also offers a single transmission option—albeit a highly rated one. ConsumerGuide praises the "alert, smooth-shifting automatic transmission" that features five forward gears. Forbes Autos adds that one of the appealing features of the "Armada's automatic transmission" is that it "includes a mode that adjusts shift patterns during towing or hauling" for an optimum mix of power and fuel economy. Cars.com reviewers also point out that the Nissan 2009 Armada "is available with either two-wheel (rear) or four-wheel drive" on any trim.
The 2009 Nissan Armada accelerates quickly to, and away from, gas stations, while also possessing the towing capacity of a tugboat.