The landscape of large body-on-frame SUVs has only a handful of players that vie for being the king of the hill and are now facing an uphill battle with gas prices being the highest in history. However, the steady hands of large SUVs still have a place in the American lifestyle and vehicles like the refreshed-for-2021 Nissan Armada continue to win over buyers thanks to its lower price of admission compared to the competition.

The 2022 Nissan Armada is unchanged for the model year proudly sporting its few essential updates from the 2021 model where it received some updated front and rear-end styling along with a welcomed 12.3-inch standard infotainment touchscreen.

Performance and Driving Character

Apart from the subtle updates, the Armada remains to be a good value for a large body-on-frame SUV with decent power from its aged but powerful 5.6-liter V8 engine producing 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. The gas-gulping V8 continues to be mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission and the Armada can be had in the standard two-wheel-drive setup or an all-wheel-drive configuration that permits power to be automatically directed up front when additional traction is needed in addition to selecting a four-high or four-low drive setting via a 2-speed transfer case.

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The surefootedness of the Nissan Armada is much of what I remember in the many previous test drives of the vehicle, including its similar but more upscale Infiniti QX80 cousin. The Armada feels huge and mostly drives huge, which can be a good and bad thing at the same time. There’s a lot of weight that’s felt in driving the Armada, but it surprisingly responds well to inputs if you ever dare start to push the Armada a little hard on the road. I would never go as far as to force the large 22-inch tires to start screaming as the Armada doesn’t inspire much lateral confidence but feels nicely planted with a smooth, well-dampened quality out on the highway.

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By: Malcolm Hogan
Title: 2022 Nissan Armada Platinum AWD Review & Test Drive
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Published Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2022 12:43:12 +0000