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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
large heated and powered outer mirrors that are the right size for towing
Terrific interior storage includes bins, pockets, and lots of beverage holders.
top-of-the-line Platinum edition, which comes with virtually every feature you night want
With only minor trim changes for the 2013 model year, the Nissan Armada breaks no new ground in entertainment, infotainment, or luxury features in its seven-passenger cabin. To its credit, it doesn't come in a bare-bones version, like some domestic-brand SUVs that pitch their wares to fleets and utilities.
The Armada comes in a choice of three models, and any of them can be optioned up from rear-wheel to four-wheel drive. The base version, the SV, offers power windows, locks and mirrors; dual-zone climate control; an AM/FM/CD player with USB port; power front seats; Bluetooth keyless entry; a flip/fold third-row seat; and rear parking sensors. The Armada SL picks up some more comprehensive feature content, including Bose audio; an auto-leveling rear suspension; a rearview camera; leather seating; and a power-folding third-row seat.
The Platinum edition, at the top of the range, gets a full bundle of luxury add-ons including a power tailgate; heated first- and second-row seating; a heated steering wheel; a sunroof; a navigation system with real-time traffic; and a DVD entertainment system for the rear two rows of passengers. While it's plushly outfitted in Platinum trim, the Armada doesn't have the voice-activated features of Ford's big Expedition or Explorer, or HD radio. A special Reserve edition for the 2013 model year wears 20-inch dark chrome wheels and matching exterior trim, with two-tone leather seating.
Armada buyers can switch out the second-row bench seat for a pair of bucket seats. There's also a towing package to take advantage of its 9,100-pound towing capacity; the package adds a brake controller and 7-pin harness.
With few cutting-edge options, the Armada's features list doesn't go overboard with electronics.