Up Close and Personal with the 2017 Nissan Armada Platinum
Quality time in Nissan’s new full-size beast of a crossover.
I couldn't care less about the 2017 Nissan Armada. Well, wait. The fact the all-new Armada replaces an unattractive lug and is based on Nissan's capable, half-century-old Patrol platform, one that will inevitably spawn a Pro4X off-road model—that excites me. Little else about the new Armada does, but hey, that's just me.
It apparently piques your interest, however, or so says our daily news team, who tracks those sorts of things. That's why I spent my Friday morning combing over every inch of the new Nissan truck instead of walking the floor of the 2016 Chicago auto show, which, might I add, features a Ford GT, Porsche 919 Hybrid Le Mans car, and a beautiful BMW S 1000 RR in black and red. I would've preferred spending quality time with any of those, but I did my best to enjoy the all-new 2017 Nissan Armada—for you.
The Armada has the swoopy car-based crossover look every automaker seems to be shooting for lately, but retains a tough body-on-frame chassis and fully independent suspension. There's a good bit of room in all three rows, and the Platinum model is very well equipped. All of the seats move; some fold flat, some pivot, and some recline. Thoughtful touches, like the double-hinged center console top and the intervening rear-cross path and blind spot systems, impressed me. The glossy wood trim and gathered leather on the doors did not.
I crawled around the all-new Armada for far longer than I would've had it been the outgoing model. As you can no doubt tell by now, I wasn't all that excited or smitten by it, but I didn't walk away thinking, "That Armada is absolutely abhorrent" either. So call it a wash until I can get behind the wheel. For now, enjoy up-close-and-personal photos of the 2017 Nissan Armada's interior and exterior. (If you're into that sort of thing, which our daily news team says you are.)