The 2017 Nissan Armada may copy some of the INFINITI’s architecture but it doesn’t quite match up on many other levels. As you will notice in this review, the INFINITI luxury label is much more than a claim. It is a way of thinking about lifestyle and comfort.
The Nissan V8 generates 390 horsepower. However it still falls short of the INFINITI’s more refined powertrain. The QX80 driver commands 400 horsepower and 413 lb.-ft. of torque. Exclusive to the luxury brand, hydraulic body control contributes to better handling. HBC goes beyond the normal adaptive suspension to work against the pull of gravity. This takes the bounce out of a bumpy ride and helps the SUV hug winding roads. All four wheels are kept at the same speed as the SUV takes a curve.
Where the Armada provides basic transportation, the QX80 is all about style. A plush, sophisticated environment waits for a family or a group of adult friends. INFINITI designers took care to engage the senses without overwhelming the passenger with too much clutter. Passengers will find that this ride is a calming retreat from the day’s activities. A handsome leather covers the seats, and soft touches are everywhere. Adults may notice the feeling of an executive lounge with the Truffle Brown seats and silver stitching. Ash wood accents and an ultrasuede headliner contribute to the welcome feeling of separation from the world outside.
This year’s Nissan Armada is bigger than before. It borrowed its architecture from the INFINITI QX80, bringing it closer to the premium automotive standard. The base edition added push button start and heated front seats. Nissan has also created some higher editions, attempting to compete with luxury brands. Captain’s chairs are only available on the more costly Platinum trim.
On the other hand, Edmunds writes that the QX80 has so many standards on its base edition that shoppers should know that the trim level is anything but basic. Exterior standards include roof rails and power-fold, auto-dim mirrors. Multi-zone climate controls keep everyone more comfortable. Drivers enjoy a heated steering wheel and power-adjustable, heated seat with memory settings. Extras on the Armada, a power liftgate and power-fold third row are also QX80 standards. Families can choose between a center bench or two captain’s chairs without paying extra for the privilege.
The new Nissan Armada is offering similar safety features to the INFINITI QX80. However, the INFINITI safety package is available on its base edition while the Armada holds these back for the highest editions. This makes any cost difference fairly negligible. Furthermore, every INFINITI comes with the brand’s advanced 360-degree camera system with moving object detection. You can see everything around the perimeter of your large SUV. This device helps you protect your investment from scratches and dings. A forward collision warning system is designed to look ahead, watching for trouble and warning you faster than the average branded system. An autobrake may kick in to help stop the SUV. Other features available on the base QX80 include a lane watch, a blind spot monitor and a rear cross-traffic alert.
If you are ready for a better ride for your family, start with a test drive of the 2017 INFINITI QX80 now at our dealership. Visit us at Roswell INFINITI today!
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