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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
an excellent set of optional second-row captain's chairs”
Kelley Blue Book
Armada's interior still lags behind the solidly executed examples set by General Motors”
wind and road noise are nicely muffled”
The interior of the 2010 Nissan Armada is pleasant for the first and second rows, with front seats perched relatively high. The front seats are quite comfortable, though, and it's easy to find a good driving position with the available adjustable pedals. Second-row captain's chairs are also very comfortable but reduce capacity from eight to seven, replacing the bench seat.
The large dimensions of the 2010 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. Kelley Blue Book notes that "an excellent set of optional second-row captain's chairs" reduces capacity to seven. ConsumerGuide reviewers find "roomy, supportive seats" in front 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.
At the far back, the third-row bench is just OK for smaller adults, but it leaves almost no cargo space. The Auto Channel warns "third-row passengers are going to feel smashed," though. 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.
Provided you're not using those third-row seats, cargo space is respectable. 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."
Overall, materials in the Armada trail the competition; up close, the dull, scratch-prone plastics used around the lower door panels and center console are bound to show their age, and trims look on the cheap side. Edmunds notes the increase of "soft-touch materials and wood-tone accents" with the Armada's last refresh, but 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, observing "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."
Ride quality in the Armada is firm but smooth, soaking up most of the major bumps, but it isn't the most refined experience, with a fair amount of wind noise in several test vehicles and an engine note that's a little too prominent. ConsumerGuide thinks that "wind and road noise are nicely muffled," aside from some "wind whistle from the cargo area."
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."
There's decent comfort in all three rows of the 2010 Nissan Armada, though it lacks the refinement, build quality, and top-notch materials of its top rivals.