2012 Nissan Armada Styling

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There's not much subtlety to the Nissan Armada. Big and butch, imposing and massive, it's the perfect counterpoint to the armada of crossover vehicles showing up at dealers and in Target parking lots everywhere.

The Armada's very size means some shoppers will count themselves out, but for those who like a little macho in their utility vehicle, the Armada satisfies. The flared wheel wells are a good case study: they have to be the biggest, most exaggerated in the SUV business. And while its direct competition (Tahoe, Expedition) stick closely to a regular, rectangular silhouette, the Armada mixes up a rounded roofline over passengers with a straightened edge atop its third-row seat and cargo hold. It's all kicked up a notch--up to the rear door handles that live on the pillars, not on the door panels themselves.

Wouldn't you rather be seen in this than some egg-shaped crossover?
Inside the look isn't nearly as aggressive-looking—it's actually now one of the more softly-contoured designs in this competitive set—and while it's one of the more dated designs among full-size trucks it still feels well-laid out and straightforward. Smaller controls and more delicate buttons in general, though, project that it takes aim at suburban types more than the work-gloved crowd.

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