2013 Nissan Armada Safety

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Safety

Crash safety is normally seen as a given with big vehicles, but in the absence of data, we're giving the Armada a moderate score.

The Armada just hasn't been ranked properly since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shifted its ratings system in the 2011 model year. Before that change, the NHTSA had given the big Nissan SUV a mix of five- and four-star ratings, though it did not rank or test the Armada for side-impact protection.

No crash-test scores are available for the big Armada, and haven't been under the latest testing regimens.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), meanwhile, has not tested the Armada.

The Armada can't use crash-test scores as a selling point, and in safety technology, it's now running behind some of its full-size competition. Dual front, side, and curtain airbags, are standard, and the curtain bags protect all three rows of occupants. The Armada also has standard electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes, all mandatory features.

On the added-value side of the equation, the Armada gets standard rear parking sensors, while a rearview camera is available or standard. Advanced features such as blind-spot monitors and lane-keeping assistants are not available, but Bluetooth is now included on all models.

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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