2019 Nissan Armada Platinum Reserve: performance, refinement, tech

  • Friday, September 6, 2019 1:30am
  • Vehicles


That’s right. You’re driving the entire fleet when behind the wheel of Nissan’s 2019 Armada Platinum Reserve 4×4 flagship, three-row SUV.

Entering its third year, the second-generation model continues to set records – thanks in part to its largesse.

As the flagship of Nissan’s expanding lineup of SUVs and crossovers, Armada features eight-passenger seating, a 5.6-liter Endurance V8 paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission that delivers best-in-class standard 390 horsepower and standard towing capacity of 8,500 pounds.

Armada earns its status by every measure – whether performance, refinement, advanced technology and even heritage. Armada’s design traces back to one of Nissan’s most beloved global off-road vehicles, the Patrol.

While Armada is intended primarily for family adventures in North America, Armada owners will benefit from its underpinnings as a strong, durable and authentic full-size SUV with ruggedness to spare.

Armada also continues the nameplate’s reputation for value and choice, offering a range of high-content grade levels – SV, SL, Platinum and Platinum Reserve – in both 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive. In addition, Armada offers an exceptional array of standard features, including Nissan navigation, NissanConnect Services, eight-inch color display with multi-touch control, heated front seats and a 13-speaker Bose audio system.

The 2019 Armada also continues the nameplate’s reputation for value and choice, offering a range of high-content grade levels – SV, SL, Platinum and my top-of-the-line tester, the Platinum Reserve – in both 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive.

This year the Armada adds the industry’s first rear-door alert system that uses a horn. In addition, door sensors and a message display on the center instrument panel remind the driver to check the back seat after the vehicle is parked.

Platinum Reserve comes with a couple goodies not included with the other trims: namely an intelligent rear-view mirror, which uses a high-resolution camera mounted on the rear of the vehicle to project a clear image onto an LCD monitor built into the standard rearview mirror.

The other is a DVD family entertainment system with dual eight-inch head restraint DVD monitors, USB and HDMI ports, VTR jacks (two), two wireless headphones and remote controller. A large sliding moon roof with front tilt and rear slide is also standard on this trim level.

Another way Armada stands out from other full-size SUVs in its segment is its extensive suite of available advanced safety and security systems.

In front, the standard intelligent forward-collision warning system warns the driver of risks that lie beyond the driver’s forward field of vision. The advanced radar system not only can sense the relative velocity and distance of a vehicle directly ahead, but also of a vehicle traveling in front of the preceding one. Also in front are standard intelligent cruise control and intelligent distance control. The available automatic emergency braking can help assist the driver in potential frontal-collision avoidance.

On the sides, intelligent lane intervention, lane-departure warning, blind-spot warning and intelligent blind-spot intervention can help alert the driver of potential lane drift and detected vehicles approaching in the blind-spot area. In the rear, rear-view monitor and intelligent around-view monitor help provide extra sets of eyes when backing out or parking.

Base Price: $64,005

Price As Driven: $67,850

Base price includes destination charge. Vehicles are provided by the manufacturer. List price may vary at local dealerships.