ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Room aplenty, deep V-8 power and top-drawer luxury appointments: That’s the 2019 Nissan Armada Platinum Reserve’s claim to fame.
Its old-school body-on-frame construction and burly V-8 power may harken back to the king-size sport-utility vehicles of yore, but it drives smack up to date.
It’s a big boy, for sure, but the Armada doesn’t feel particularly ponderous despite its nearly 6,000-pound heft. It accelerates vigorously, brakes with confidence, and tackles twisty roads with only moderate body lean as long as sensible speeds are observed.
The Armada excels at highway trips, gliding smoothly down interstates and secondary roads. The steering does seem to lack a well-defined on-center spot, requiring frequent minor adjustments to maintain a straight-ahead track.