2013 Nissan Armada Styling

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It's massive, imposing, big and butch. There's zero left to the imagination with the Nissan Armada, the poster child for unsubtlety--and Nissan wouldn't, shouldn't have it any other way, because it's one of the few big boys with a crisp character.

That said, it's time for a substantial refresh. It's not as ubiquitous as a Tahoe or an Expedition, but the Armada still looks awfully familiar by now, though its macho flared fenders and wheel wells still stand out as some of the most exaggerated in the business. Maybe it hasn't sold as well because it stands out so much--the roofline arcs over passengers where the domestic SUVs cut a straight and narrow path. It's almost over the top, right up to the rear door handles that don't live on the door panels, but take up space on the pillars themselves.

Rugged and tough-looking, the Armada's starting to show its age.
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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