(2005 model shown)
The full-size Armada sport-utility vehicle shares platforms and powertrains with the Infiniti QX56, but offers bolder exterior styling. Both models are, in turn, based on Nissan's Titan pickup truck. This means the Armada is built on a fully boxed truck frame and comes powered by a 5.6-liter, 315-horsepower "Endurance" V-8 engine. A five-speed-automatic transmission with manual-shift mode is standard, and the Armada is available in both rear- and four-wheel-drive versions. The Armada seats as many as eight passengers with standard second and third row bench seats; second-row captain's chairs are also offered. Side-curtain airbags and Vehicle Dynamic Control head a long list of standard features. Options include a DVD entertainment system, Bose audio system, XM or Sirius satellite radio, leather seats, and a navigation system. Added features for 2006 include standard automatic dual-zone air conditioning, a 60/40 split fold-flat third-row seat, and the ability to play MP3-formatted CDs. New power folding mirrors with heat, power adjust, auto dim, and integrated turn signals are now standard on LE versions, the Tow Package becomes standard on the SE Off-Road, and Majestic Blue and Granite are newly offered exterior colors.