2021 Nissan Armada Splits the Difference

The Nissan Armada and Infiniti QX80 share a platform and for a while shared a lot of styling traits. The last redesign pushed the Armada’s look up a class and almost made us think “what do you we need the QX80 for?” For 2021 the Armada was redesigned again, and it feels like it took a step away from the blinged-out look it sported for the last few years. Really, it looks like a mix of the previous two versions.

The looks are certainly the biggest change for the new year. It even comes with the new logo that premiered a few months ago. Other changes include a new 12.3-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Wi-Fi.

The engine stays the same. A 5.6-liter V8 is standard with 400 hp and a seven-speed automatic. Nissan’s optional 4WD system stays with auto, four low and four high. New models also get an integrated trailer brake controller with tow hitch receiver when they opt for the SV, SL or Platinum grades. Trailer Sway Control is standard on SL and above.

The 2021 Armada gets a new grille, hood, front fenders, front bumper and LED headlights along with redesigned LED taillights, rear combination lights and a new rear bumper.

In addition to the 12.3-inch screen and Wi-Fi, the 2021 Armada also comes standard with navigation, hands-free texting, keyless entry and start, a rearview monitor and the Nissan Concierge, providing owners 24-hour access to a live assistant.

The 2021 Armada has four-wheel discs, twin-tube shocks, a full-size spare and a choice of 18-, 20- or 22-inch wheels.

Nissan’s 4WD system operates in rear-wheel drive when in auto. It can send torque to all four wheels when necessary, and up to 50 percent can go to the front wheels.

Nissan Safety Shield 360 is standard on all grades and includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, high beam assist and rear automatic braking.

The 2021 Armada seats 8 when properly equipped. Interior volume is 154.5 cubic feet, 95.4 of it is available when the both rows of seats are folded down. It can tow 8,500 pounds.

The new Midnight Edition gets black exterior logos, black painted mirrors, black painted roof rails, rear LED lamps with black paint finisher, black painted grille, and black painted front and rear skid plates.

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