Posted by on April 3, 2018

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When I first laid eyes on the 2018 Nissan Armada, I was intimidated by its size. I asked, “Is this my van?” It is THAT large. I wondered how I would be able to navigate around tight corners and fit into parking spaces. Well, a week later and I am seriously reconsidering the Armada. I normally drive a sedan, so any opportunity to be above most drivers is a plus for me.

2018 Nissan Armada Platinum 4WD Review

2018 Nissan Armada Platinum 4WD

Believe it or not, while I was at an intersection waiting for the light to turn green, a black Lexus sedan zoomed past me and I was in awe by its exterior. I told myself, “my next vehicle will be a Lexus.” I’ve never driven a Lexus but I was so intrigued by its new look, I knew I wanted to get my hands on one so imagine my excitement when I got the opportunity to test drive the 2017 Lexus GS 350 F Sport. My first impression? Loved the body. Didn’t care for the color – the Atomic Silver didn’t wow me. Loved the leather seats and dashboard.

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The Good

  • Push to start button with a keyless entry system. At the worst times, my keys fall into a black hole in my bag and I’m searching for what feels like eons for my keys. With this system, as long as the key is nearby, I can open up the door and it will automatically unlock.
  • Family entertainment system aka TV displays in the back of the front headrests. It also comes with 2 headphones and a remote.

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  • Brake warning. The dashboard illuminates “BRAKE” when you’re coming into contact with danger and I believe it also slightly brakes for you.
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers. Switch the wipers to auto mode and it detects rain/liquid and does its job.
  • Keyless entry system. No need to fumble for your keys. Once your keys are near you, simply press the button on the car door, and it locks or unlocks.
  • Power sunroof.
  • Blind spot monitoring. If your current vehicle doesn’t have this, make sure your future vehicle does. This feature can be the difference between an accident and an effortless merge.
  • Rear a/c vents and seat warmers. 
  • Backup camera with direction assist and object warning.
  • Distance recognition system. This safety feature provides a comfortable driving distance in cruise control mode.
  • Power open/close button. You can open the trunk using the key fob or button inside the vehicle and close it by pressing the button inside of the trunk.

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The Bad

  • Lack of dual disc players. Ex: I can’t play a CD in the car at the same time I’m playing a DVD. I’m still a “pop in my favorite mix” CD person so that’s important to me.
  • If you have greasy fingers, expect the residue to get ALL over the leather seats.

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All In All

All in all, driving the2018 Nissan Armada Platinum 4WD was such a great experience and my entire family enjoyed it. I would recommend it to anyone with a large family who doesn’t want to give up safety and luxury features.

Price: The Armada Platinum pictured above retails at $67,145.

Read more about the 2018 Nissan Armada Platinum 4WD over at Nissan and test drive it at a local dealership. 

I was not compensated for this post. This vehicle was given to me to test drive. All opinions are my own.