The Nissan Armada (formerly called the Pathfinder Armada) is Nissan's full-size sport utility vehicle. It shares its body-on-frame F-Alpha platform with the Nissan Titan pickup truck, Nissan Xterra SUV, Nissan Frontier pickup truck, and Nissan Pathfinder SUV. An upscale version of the Armada is sold as the Infiniti QX56. All Armadas are currently built in Canton, Mississippi.
The Armada has a 5.6 L 317 hp (227 kW) VK56DE V8 engine, a 5-speed automatic transmission, and a choice of rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The Armada was designed for North America and introduced for the 2004 model year. The switch to the Armada name was made in 2005, where it got new badges. It was restyled for the 2008 model year.
It has a towing capacity of 9,100 lbs.
According to Consumer Reports, the Armada and QX56 have been very unreliable primarily due to problems with the brakes. But as of the 2008 model year, many of these problems have been reportedly solved, and the Consumer Reports 2008 reliability survey reflects this, with the Armada, QX56, and the related Titan all improving to average, as well as the Quest MPV, which uses the same brakes.
There are some Armadas that are capable of using E85. It is currently the only Japanese vehicle sold in the U.S. other than the Nissan Titan that can use E85. The 2009 Armada has been updated with more standard features and options.