2013 Nissan Armada Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

Few vehicles deliver the kind of outsized capability that full-size SUVs specialize in. The Nissan Armada fits the big bill. It's within reach of the space of a Chevrolet Tahoe or a Ford Expedition, and has the same dominating stance, too. It also has some of the same compromises of packaging and fit and finish.

Space isn't a luxury in the Armada, it's a luxury. Once you clamber into the front seats--it's no crossover, so it does take some effort--you'll find wide, plush seats with a little bit more firmness and support than you'd find in the Ford or Chevy utes. The Armada's adjustable steering column and pedals make it easier for smaller drivers to find an agreeable driving position, and the very height of the chairs gives the commanding view of the road that's still prized by anyone even considering a vehicle this large.

The interior doesn't always feel top-quality, but it's vast, with excellent head and leg room.

One row back, adults will still find a good amount of head and leg room. Nissan will switch the Armada's second-row bench seat for a pair of bucket seats if you want: that cuts down overall seating to seven passengers from eight, but gives those in the second row a more chauffeured feel.

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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