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Skip the Nissan Armada and Choose One of These Alternatives Instead

The 2021 Nissan Armada arrived in the new model year with a fresh new look and enhanced capabilities. With three rows of seating, best-in-class standard horsepower, and a max towing capacity of 8,500-pounds, the refreshed Armada might seem like a good option among the large SUV segment. But as it turns out? There are plenty of reasons to skip this year’s model and consider one of these alternatives to the Nissan Armada instead. 

2021 Nissan Armada driving up a dirt hill
2021 Nissan Armada | Nissan

Is the Nissan Armada a bad SUV?

Before we get into the best alternatives to the Nissan Armada, let’s talk about why you might want to skip this year’s model altogether. To start things off, according to Consumer Reports, the 2021 Nissan Armada struggles with reliability. In fact, Consumer Reports gave this year’s model a two out of five predicted reliability rating. 

The Nissan Armada also earned a two out of five predicted owner satisfaction rating. And, according to Consumer Reports, only 58% of Armada owners would buy the SUV again too. That’s not exactly a glowing recommendation.  

Those aren’t the only reasons you might want to avoid the 2021 Nissan Armada either. According to, the Nissan Armada’s third row of seating is fairly cramped. explains, “The roomy second row gives way to a third row that’s sized more for children than adults. This is a disappointment, considering many competing SUVs can comfortably seat adults in the back row.”

2021 Nissan Armada interior
2021 Nissan Armada interior. | Nissan

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Choose the Toyota Sequoia for a more reliable SUV

Fortunately, there is a more reliable alternative to the Nissan Armada. Take, for example, the Toyota Sequoia. Consumer Reports gave the 2021 model a four out of five predicted reliability rating. Compared to the Armada’s lowly two out of five predicted reliability rating, that score is pretty impressive. Unlike the Armada, this year’s new Sequoia also earned a four out of five predicted owner satisfaction rating. According to Consumer Reports, 74% of Sequoia owners would consider buying the SUV again too.

The 2021 Toyota Sequoia also makes for a cheaper alternative to this year’s new Armada. While this year’s refreshed Armada will have you spending nearly $53,000 on a base model, a base model Sequoia will only have you spending $50,200. Even better, unlike the Armada, this year’s Sequoia comes standard with complimentary factory scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000-miles, whichever comes first.

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Consider the Chevy Tahoe as an alternative to the Nissan Armada

The Toyota Sequoia isn’t the only alternative to the Nissan Armada that’s worth your attention. For an SUV that’s a tad more fuel-efficient than this year’s Armada, Kelley Blue Book recommends taking a gander at this year’s new Chevy Tahoe. According to the EPA, this year’s Tahoe delivers an EPA-estimated 16 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. As for the Armada? The EPA reports it’s only able to manage an EPA-estimated 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway.

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Unlike the Nissan Armada, this year’s Tahoe can be had with a diesel engine under its hood. When equipped with a diesel engine, the Tahoe is capable of towing up to 8,200-pounds, which is slightly less than the Armada. However, when driven by a diesel engine, the Chevy Tahoe remains the more fuel-efficient pick of these two large SUVs.