2009 Nissan Armada LE 4x4

Sam Smith David Gluckman

It's amazing how much the GMT900 platform has changed the way I think about SUVs. This Armada feels ancient and very trucky when running over broken roads, and those make up the majority of my commute. I'm not sure that this Armada riding like an older SUV is a bad thing. Hopefully the people who look for a giant people mover will migrate to crossovers or back to minivans and wagons and let those of us who tow and haul keep the capability in our SUVs.

I love the Armada's 5.6-liter V-8 and the incredible power it produces. I never felt like the truck needed a sixth gear and I will really miss this engine once the Titan becomes a badge-engineered Dodge Ram. If the rumors I hear are correct, Nissan/Infiniti will keep this V-8 for the SUVs, so it's not all bad news. If you haven't figured it out yet, the engine is the strongest part of this package. I do wish the fuel economy was more impressive, but I could live with 12/18 mpg if I spent a lot of time towing with this thing.

Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor

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