After significant changes last year, the 2009 Nissan Armada full-size SUV receives only minor upgrades this year. With seating for seven or eight passengers, Armada's impressive combination of comfort and utility includes features such as an optional power 60/40 third-row bench seat, power adjustable pedals and much more. Available with rear- or four-wheel drive and paired to a five-speed automatic transmission, the Armada's 5.6L V8 engine churns out 317 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque — enough to tow up to 9,100 pounds, when properly equipped with the optional tow package. Nissan Armada EPA fuel economy estimates stand at 12 mpg city/18 mpg hwy. Armada standard safety features include antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control, front seat active head restraints and full-length side curtain airbags, while front seat side airbags are optional on the SE and standard on the LE.Read more Read less
For 2009, Nissan's Armada SUV sees few changes following its light restyle in 2008, limited primarily to a slight reshuffling of options packages. Prices across the range have increased by between $1,000 and $2,000.
Towing and hauling ability; powerful standard V8; long driving range; long list of standard luxury and convenience features.
While most competing full-size SUVs come in an overwhelming array of models, the 2009 Nissan Armada comes only in two well-equipped models--SE and LE--with a choice of two- or four-wheel drive and a standard V8 that's larger and more powerful than most of the competing standard engines. The Armada's V8 also has the flexibility to run on E85, a mix of gasoline and up to 85% ethanol. And with a 28-gallon fuel tank, the Armada has one of the longest cruising ranges among full-size SUVs. The Armada has been named the "most appealing" vehicle in its segment by J.D. Power and Associates, in its annual APEAL study, and was also the top luxury SUV in Strategic Vision's Total Quality Index.