The new Nissan Armada is a large, unapologetic, body-on-frame SUV that provides seating for up to eight people and a comfortable ride. But letís take a look at what this SUV isnít to really see how it has evolved.
For 2017, Nissan
has decided to import the Patrol, an SUV that has been on sale in world markets for years, rather than redesign the Armada using the all-new frame from the Titan
pickup truck. But we donít get the same Armada as everyone else, either. In North America, we donít get the front- and rear-locking differentials, disconnecting sway bar
system or hydraulic body mount setup that the Patrol gets in other markets.
It is understandable that Nissan wants to chase the family market, rather than the much more elusive full-size SUV off-roader. This switchover
to the watered-down Patrol platform, however, doesnít exactly deliver for families either, because it cuts rear-seat legroom by nearly four inches compared to the previous Armada model.
So, itís not the hardcore off-roader it could be (in fact, the new model has a lower approach angle than the previous model, making it less capable off road as well), and it is actually less practical for people hauling. And, unfortunately, the negative effects of this so-called redesign donít stop there.