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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
the broad expanse of glass allows for good 360-degree visibility”
Kelley Blue Book
Side curtain airbags that protect all three rows of passengers
Five stars, front driver impact; four stars, front passenger impact; three stars, rollover resistance
Both the SE and LE trim levels of the 2009 Nissan Armada come loaded with a wide variety of standard and optional features. On the higher-end LE trim level, ConsumerGuide notes that Nissan includes "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." Edmunds reviewers report 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 2009 Nissan Armada.
After conducting both front impact and rollover tests, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awards the Nissan 2009 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; The Auto Channel notes that the 2009 Nissan Armada "earned a rollover rating of three of five stars," which is not altogether unexpected on such a large vehicle. The Insurance Industry for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not yet crash-tested the 2009 Nissan Armada.
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com’s editors generally praise the 2009 Nissan Armada for its driver visibility, which typically isn't a virtue on large SUVs. 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," and The Auto Channel points out that the "Rear Proximity Sensor System" will "beep when you are close to an obstacle," further aiding parking lot driving.
Airbags and safety features surround occupants of the 2009 Nissan Armada, though its crash-test results aren’t class-leading.