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Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2018 Nissan Armada

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Usually, when you pay less, you get less. But the Nissan Armada gives you more for less. This includes the same standard V-8 engine that's under the hood of its luxury-badged and luxury-priced twin, the Infiniti QX80, which also happens to be the strongest standard engine available in this class of vehicle.

Rivals like the Chevy Tahoe are much less powerful unless you pay a lot extra. The Ford Expedition is just more expensive.

Nissan also offers Infiniti-esque luxury amenities in the Armada, including the same dual-LCD rear-seat entertainment system that's available in the QX80, but for about $20,000 less to start.

What It Is

The Armada is the more conservatively styled, Nissan-badged version of the full-sized, eight-passenger Infiniti QX80 SUV.

Most of the differences are with exterior cosmetics.

The base price is $45,600 for the base two-wheel-drive SV trim. A top-of-the-line Platinum trim with four-wheel drive has a sticker of $61,590. (Prices for the 2018 QX80 haven't been released at this writing, but the 2017 QX80 starts at $63,850.)

What's New

The 2018 Armada receives an updated app suite (hands-free text messaging assist, enhanced voice recognition) and an updated 8-inch LCD touchscreen.

Platinum and Reserve trims also get a standard Intelligent Rear View Mirror, which pipes a hi-res image of what's behind you through the rearview mirror.

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