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The Nissan Armada is a longtime favorite large SUV. If you’re in the market for something which can haul your entire family and maybe a couple of dogs and a small boat, you may be considering buying one. Is the 2021 Nissan Armada safe? Let’s take a look at its road test and safety features.

A silver 2021 Nissan Armada drives through a city.
2021 Nissan Armada | Nissan

How does Consumer Reports test SUVs?

Every year, Consumer Reports buys and tests a whole bunch of vehicles in their Colchester, Connecticut facility. They combine their own road tests with the results of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Association’s crash test ratings. These organizations don’t test every vehicle, so sometimes their results are not available. 

The 2021 Nissan Armada scored an overall rating of a 55, placing it at number 7 of 8 large SUVs tested by Consumer Reports. This score includes safety ratings as well as road tests and predicted reliability and owner satisfaction ratings. 

How were the 2021 Nissan Armada performance test ratings? 

The 2021 Nissan Armada’s acceleration score was a four out of five, while its routine handling was only a two out of five. Emergency handling was also a two out of five. The maximum speed that the Nissan Armada could go and still successfully navigate the course was 51 mph. 

The 2021 Nissan Armada’s brakes got a four out of five star rating. The Armada could stop from 60 mph on dry pavement in 133 feet and 147 feet on wet pavement. 

The Armada only got a three out of five for its headlights. Headlights are important because they allow full visibility, especially at night or in foggy and wet conditions. 

What kind of advanced safety systems does the Nissan Armada come with?

The 2021 Nissan Armada comes with all of the advanced safety features that Consumer Reports car shoppers look for. These safety systems are important because they reduce the likelihood that you will be involved in a crash. 

The Armada’s safety features include forward collision warning, which operates at speeds above 3 mph. The 2021 Nissan Armada will send visual and audible signals in the event of a likely collision. It will also push the accelerator pedal up and precharge the brakes so that the vehicle can stop more easily. If the driver doesn’t do anything with the collision warnings, the Armada will automatically apply brakes to try to minimize or avoid a crash. 

The Armada’s lane keeping assistance works at speeds of 40 mph and above. The Nissan Armada’s steering wheel vibrates and brakes are automatically applied to return the car to its lane. Turning it off means you’re also turning off blind spot warning, another valuable features the Armada has. 

The Armada comes with moving object detection


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The 2021 Nissan Armada also comes with moving object detection, which works at 5 mph and less. It will alert the driver while the vehicle is in drive or reverse of objects in the path of the SUV. Unfortunately, the objects have to be in the camera’s range, so it is not all-encompassing, and will not alert the driver if there is something in the path of the vehicle (say, underneath the tires), but not in view of the camera. 

The Nissan Armada also has daytime running lights, which are on whenever the car is on. They help other cars see your vehicle more easily. The Nissan Armada comes with front side airbags and head protection standard with rollover. 

The fact that the 2021 Nissan Armada comes with all of the recommended advanced safety systems is a good start. However, without knowing how the Armada would do in crash tests makes it difficult to determine how safe the Armada is.