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2012 Nissan Armada Comfort & Quality

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The Armada presents itself with big-SUV authority, and you're safe to take it at its word. It's huge inside, with nearly the interior room of a Chevy Tahoe or Ford Expedition, and with some of the same compromises of trim and materials.

The Armada luxuriates in space. The front seats can be a bit tough to climb up into--we're all getting so used to crossovers--but the seats themselves are wide, with slightly more support than we've found in domestic SUVs. Adjustable pedals help create an ideal driving position, with the commanding view of the road that still makes SUVs like this one relevant. The second row's almost the equal of the front row for leg and head room, even more so if you swap the standard bench seat for a pair of captain's chairs, which also cuts down the Armada's total capacity from eight passengers to seven.

Vast interior room defines the Nissan Armada, but its interior trim could use an upgrade.
In back, the third-row bench is just passable for smaller adults, but it leaves almost no cargo space and headroom is tighter back there.

Nissan has moved to dress up the Armada's interior in recent years, but overall, there are too many dull plastics in this interior, and trims still look on the cheap side. It's fairly loud on the go, too. In multiple test vehicles over the years our editors have noted a fair amount of wind noise, and engine noise in these vehicles is cranked up to an almost ever-present level. While the V-8 sounds good, it can get wear on you on long mountain passes, or when towing.

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