Nissan's new behemoth of an SUV is just hitting dealership showrooms, where interested buyers will find a lineup (or an Armada, if you will) of choices ranging from $45,395 to over $60,000 for a fully loaded model.
That's a big increase over the last Armada sold here—the 2015 version was $39,505 before any options were piled on—but it's a hefty savings compared to the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition rivals that start at nearly $3,000 or $2,000 more, respectively.
The Armada skipped the 2016 model year. However, the 2017 is a vastly improved vehicle over its predecessor, which hit the market all the way back in 2004 and was only updated lightly over the ensuing decade. The latest Armada instead shares its platform, engine, and basic design with the Nissan Patrol sold globally, as well as the Infiniti QX80 that has been offered to Americans for several years.
2017 Nissan Armada, Press Drive, Carmel, California, July 2016
The Armada's richer brother from Infiniti comes in at about $64,000 before any options are added, making the Armada a relatively good value if you don't need all of the Infiniti's pampering.
Here's a quick look at the 2017 Armada's available trim levels, including a mandatory $995 destination charge:
- SV 2WD - $45,395
- SL 2WD - $50,145
- Platinum 2WD - $58,085
- SV 4WD - $48,295
- SL 4WD - $51,045
- Platinum 4WD - $60,985