Road Test Showdown: The 2021 Nissan Armada Destroys the Higher Rated 2021 Toyota Sequoia

The 2021 Toyota Sequoia and 2021 Nissan Armada are two large SUVs with plenty to offer. If you’re in the market for a new large SUV, you may be wondering: which is safer, the Toyota Sequoia or Nissan Armada? Although they’re both great choices, the 2021 Toyota Sequoia got a slightly better Consumer Reports overall score. However, the 2021 Nissan Armada has a better road test score.

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What is the Consumer Reports Road Test?

Consumer Reports has a huge facility in Connecticut where they can test cars they’ve purchased. Consumer Reports uses more than 50 tests and other criteria to evaluate cars.

These assessments include emergency handling, braking, comfort, ride and fuel economy. Let’s see which large SUV Consumer Reports found better, the Nissan Armada or Toyota Sequoia.

Do the 2021 Nissan Armada and 2021 Toyota Sequoia handle well?

The Nissan Armada got a 69 in the road test, but just a 55 overall. Consumer Reports found that while the Nissan Armada was very quiet, it also offered a bumpy ride. Taking corners in the Armada required slow, deliberate driving. The Armada accelerated relatively quickly for a large SUV, getting to 60 MPH in 6.7 seconds. 

The 2021 Toyota Sequoia is recommended by Consumer Reports, which gave it a 68 overall. That’s a huge deal. Consumer Reports recommended vehicles have to get a good overall score, which combines their road test, predicted reliability, owner satisfaction, crash tests and safety equipment. 

However, the 2021 Toyota Sequoia got a 60 on its road test. This includes a four out of five for its acceleration. The Sequoia went from 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds. The routine handling score is a three out of five.

The 2021 Nissan Armada did better in braking. It scored a four out of five, while the 2021 Toyota Sequoia only got a two. Both large SUVs did the same in emergency handling, each getting a two. 

How is the comfort in the Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia?

The Armada scored a four for its ride, while the Sequoia only got a two. The 2021 Armada also scored a point higher in the noise. Front seat comfort was the same in both SUVs, but the Sequoia took an extra point for rear seat comfort. 

However, in other areas the Toyota Sequoia dominates the Nissan Armada. The 2021 Toyota Sequoia  got a three for reliability while the Nissan Armada only scored a two. The Sequoia also did better in owner satisfaction, getting a four, while the Armada only scored a two. Owner satisfaction is how happy people are with what they got for what they paid for their vehicle and is determined by a survey.

Neither the Toyota Sequoia nor the Nissan Armada was crash-tested by the IIHS or NHTSA, so it’s impossible to say which is the overall safer vehicle. If you’re going by Consumer Reports recommendations though, the 2021 Toyota Sequoia is the way to go. 

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