2012 Nissan Armada Safety

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Safety

Without firm crash-test scores at its side, the Nissan Armada can't trumpet safety as some of its competitors do. It's a half-step behind those others in safety options as well.

Neither of the two crash-testing agencies has tested the Armada. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) doesn't list the Armada on its Web site at all, while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has yet to update the Armada's ratings since it altered its test criteria in the 2011 model year. Prior to 2011, though, the NHTSA gave the Armada a mix of five- and four-star ratings, with no test in place for side-impact protection.

Crash-test scores are absent, and visibility is an issue in the Nissan Armada.

The Armada has standard dual front, side, and curtain airbags, the latter of which protect all three rows of occupants. It also gets standard electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution. Rear parking sensors are standard, while a rearview camera is an option--and blind-spot monitors, lane-keeping assistants, and some other new safety technologies are not available.

While there's a pretty good view out when driving, thanks to the high vantage point and ample window space, the Armada's headrests and the vehicle's excessive height can get in the way of visibility when parking.

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