More features means more cost.
We recently spent a couple of days with the 2021 Nissan Armada and came away impressed with the refreshed version of Nissan's big body-on-frame SUV. Along with upgraded looks and extra standard technology features like its all-new 12.3-inch touch screen, wireless Apple CarPlay, in-vehicle Wi-Fi, and a comprehensive suite of safety technology, Nissan has upgraded its 5.6-liter Endurance V8. Now boasting 400 horsepower, 413 lb-ft of torque, and 8,500-pound maximum towing capacity, the Japanese automaker can claim best-in-class standard output and towing capability. As expected, the upgrades have added to the Nissan Armada's starting price, and it's a bit of a hike.
The 2020 model started at $47,500, but now the new rear-wheel-drive base S trimmed model starts at $48,500. That's followed by the rear-wheel-drive SL, SV, and Platinum trim models with MSRPs of $52,500, $55,900, and $64,900, respectively.
The 4x4 models also start with the new S trim, but at $51,500. That's followed by the SL, SV trim levels at $55,500 and $58,900, respectively. That means the Nissan Armada now tops out at $67,900 compared to the previous top-level trim, Platinum Reserve, at $65,030.
Additional to the standard trim packages is a new Midnight Edition model, featuring "black-out" exterior and interior features. That builds on the SL trim and starts at $57,890.
The new pricing structure for the Armada is more expensive, but the Armada remains an excellent value proposition when compared to the entry level segment leaders like the Ford Expedition and new Chevrolet Tahoe. The platform and drivetrain are well proven, and the comfort and standard technology updates bring the Armada right up to date. The only thing we weren't impressed by in our first drive of the vehicle was fuel economy and vague steering at freeway speeds, but it's also to be expected with a massive V8 under the hood of a heavy body-on-frame SUV. The possible later upgrade of the Armada's transmission may help fuel economy, though. Overall, the Armada is worth cross-shopping with the competition for anyone looking for a large hauler.