2020 Armada New Car Test Drive
The 2020 Nissan Armada is appropriately named. It's a massive SUV with a powerful 5.6-liter V-8 engine that makes 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque, ready to win any tug of war with its 7-speed automatic transmission, and choice between rear- and four-wheel drive.
For 2020 the only changes are to the side mirrors, which become heated, and optional 22-inch wheels.
The 2020 Armada is spacious in the first two rows, and tolerable in the third row. The cargo space is gigantic and it's capable of moving a household, with a towing limit of 8,500 pounds. The cabin materials are at the level of Nissan's Infiniti luxury marque. However infotainment hasn't kept up over the Armada's decade-long run. Bluetooth and Bose speakers are standard, but there's no Apple or Android compatibility.
The Armada earns EPA ratings of 13 mpg city, 18 highway, 15 combined with four-wheel drive. Rear-wheel drive is only 1 mpg better.
The NHTSA rates the 2020 Armada at four stars overall, including a rare three-star score in the calculated rollover evaluation. Most new vehicles rank five stars overall.
Standard safety equipment includes automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control, while optional equipment includes blind-spot monitors, active lane control, parking sensors, and a surround-view camera system.
The Armada is available in SV, SL, Platinum, and Platinum Reserve trims.
The Armada SV costs about $48,500 and comes with cloth upholstery, power front seats, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with navigation, Bose speakers, and 18-inch wheels.
The Armada SL costs $53,300 and adds leather upholstery, 20-inch wheels, a power liftgate, and a few other features.
The Platinum adds dual 7.0-inch displays for rear-seat entertainment.
The Platinum Reserve costs more than $70,000. We think the base SV is by far the best value.