2012 Nissan Armada vs. Its Competition

2012 Nissan Armada 2WD 4-door SV Side Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The big, big Nissan Armada is far from alone in the large-SUV segment.

The mainstays are vehicles like the Chevrolet Tahoe (and the long-wheelbase version, the Suburban) and its twin, the GMC Yukon.

They're still selling well, primarily because of their heritage and because they offer so many variants--long-wheelbase versions, hybrid versions, stripper models and luxurious Denali editions.

We also like Ford's Expedition, which also comes in short- and long-wheelbase versions; it's a little less potent than the biggest GM utes but it has good road manners and great features.

The Toyota Sequoia has lagged in sales, but its performance is strong, though it looks a little more bulbous than the domestics.

If you can downsize just a bit, we strongly prefer the likes of the Dodge Durango, a seven-seat ute with a great blend of on- and off-road talent, and available HEMI power.

2012 Nissan Armada 2WD 4-door SV Side Exterior View2012 Nissan Armada
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Quick Specs
It's lacking in some features and its interior is a bit cheap, but the 2012 Nissan Armada has rugged good looks and a beefy V-8 powertrain.
The 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe is no longer fresh-faced, but it remains one of the best bets for those needing tough, true truck capability and plenty of passenger space.
Call it the anti-crossover: the Dodge Durango does SUV dirty work, but carries itself like a civilized family wagon.
If you're one of the few SUV fans left standing in the full-size arena, the 2012 Ford Expedition offers truck toughness in a well-rounded, well-featured SUV package.
The 2012 Toyota Sequoia delivers traditional truck toughness, towing ability, and strong V-8 engines—plus the macho look to go with it.
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Gas Mileage    
12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Gas/Ethanol V8Gas/Ethanol V6Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V8
EPA Class    
N/AN/A2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/ASport Utility Vehicle - 2WD
Style Name    
2WD 4-Door SV2WD 4-Door 1500 LS2WD 4-Door SXT2WD 4-Door XLRWD 4.6L SR5 (SE)
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sport Utility4 Door Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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