2107 Nissan Armada named “SUV of the Year” by Popular Mechanics magazine!

The all-new 2017 Nissan Armada full-size SUV has been selected as Popular Mechanics’ “SUV of the Year” in the annual Automotive Excellence issue of the magazine. The “SUV of the Year” trophy is being presented in conjunction with the 2017 New York International Auto Show.

The magazine’s editorial staff drives every competitor in each given segment and picks one winner – there is no second place and no category subdivisions. In selecting the completely redesigned Armada, the editors wrote: “For those who need three rows of seats and low-range 4-wheel drive, the new Armada does it best.”

The all-new 2017 Armada is built on the heritage of the Nissan Patrol, which has been a workhorse for the world for many decades. While it is intended primarily for family adventures here in North America, the Armada remains true to its roots as a strong, durable and authentic full-size 8-passenger SUV.

The editors also commended the full-size Armada for its combination of upmarket equipment and features at an attainable price, writing: “The Armada delivers a luxury-SUV experience at a Nissan price.” The 2017 Armada has a starting MSRP of $44,900.

Key distinctions between the 2017 Armada and the previous generation include a fresh exterior design, enhanced performance from a new 5.6-liter Endurance V8 with best-in-class1 390-horsepower and a new 7-speed automatic transmission, a comfortable full-feature cabin and class-exclusive1 available safety and security features – including Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Blind Spot Intervention (BSI), Backup Collision Intervention (BCI) and Around View Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD).

The 2017 Armada also offers an exceptional array of standard features, including Nissan Navigation with NavTraffic and NavWeather information and 8.0-inch color display, heated front seats and a 13-speaker Bose audio system.

As part of its adventure-ready spirit, the new Armada offers standard towing capacity of 8,500 pounds for both 4WD and 2WD models. The durable independent double-wishbone front and rear suspension provides smooth ride comfort and responsive handling for both on-road and off-road driving.

The 2017 Armada is available in a range of three high-content grade levels – SV, SL and Platinum – in both 2-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive configurations. It is on sale now at Nissan of LaGrange now!

Nissan of LaGrange in LaGrange, GA, provides sales and service for new Nissan vehicles. Nissan of LaGrange also offers a great selection of pre-owned cars and trucks. In addition to new and used cars, Nissan of LaGrange also services all makes and models. We are located in LaGrange, but we offer a great selection of new and pre-owned vehicles to West Georgia and Eastern Alabama, including Newnan, Columbus, Auburn, and the Atlanta metro area. You can contact Nissan of LaGrange at 706-884-1744. You can also visit our online showroom at http://www.nissanoflagrange.com. Nissan of LaGrange, 224 Commerce, LaGrange, GA 30241.

What the press is saying about the new 2017 Nissan Armada……

Don’t just take what we say at Nissan of LaGrange as the last word on Armada. See what the press has to say. Basically, Infiniti comfort at a Nissan price. Here’s a brief look at the first reviews.

(August 1, 2016)

“Instead of being truckish, the Armada is as tame and composed as any large unibody crossover. For Armada buyers and Nissan engineers, that’s a triumph and a high compliment — not an easy task . . . If you’ve been drooling over a Land Cruiser but don’t have most of $100,000 to spend, the Armada is the ticket.”

(July 31, 2016)

“Ride quality is excellent. The Armada soaks up the bumps with quiet ease, not allowing much in the way of noise or motion into the cabin. Road and wind noise are also impressively damped thanks to the acoustic windshield and front-door glass, and the Armada’s brakes are strong and progressive as well. The overall experience is very much like driving the more expensive Infiniti QX80, which isn’t a bad thing.”

(August 1, 2016)

“As big as this truck is, the combination of smooth engine power at low rpm and well-timed shifts from the seven-speed automatic make it feel far lighter than the specs suggest. Hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering does its part, too, making it easy to place the Armada on the road and giving the smooth, progressive steering feel we miss from even the best electric-power-steering setups today.”

(August 1, 2016)

“The Armada seems to be surprisingly capable in rugged off-road situations. This observation is based on a very brief demo with a 4-wheel drive Armada on a simulated course with extreme off-road camber banking, steep ups and downs, and marginal traction. The long wheelbase that goes with a big SUV is the wrong prescription for roadless work, but the Armada’s 9.1 inches of ground clearance [SV; 9.2 inches on SL and Platinum] makes it more useful than most full-size utes for driving in the rough.”

(August 2016)

“No crossover, however, can match the 8,500-pound tow rating applicable to all versions of the Armada; a trailer hitch is standard. And a crossover isn’t likely to be as capable off-road — even though the Armada isn’t quite as hard core in this regard as its foreign-market sibling.”

(August 2016)

“From behind the wheel, we were hard-pressed to tell the difference between the QX80 and the Armada. Only the badging gave it away. And that’s not because the QX80 doesn’t drip with luxury; it’s because the Armada is just that upscale.”

(August 1, 2016)

“Nissan’s new global SUV surprised us with its engaging, yet refined road manners and impressive acceleration.”

(August 1, 2016)

“Now available are forward collision warning and mitigation, lane-departure warning and mitigation, blind-spot alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and 360-degree Around View Monitor with moving object detection. What this all adds up to is a thoroughly modern and capable SUV that — at least in the top Platinum trim level we drove — rivals some premium makes for features and ‘class.’”