In this time of downsizing, many large sport-utility vehicles are being eliminated and replaced with smaller, lighter crossover vehicles that have little towing capacity. Nissan’s Armada is still a large, truck-based SUV made in Mississippi with serious towing capability. Power comes from a 317-horsepower, 5.6-liter V-8 engine, hooked up to a five-speed automatic transmission and you can choose either rear- or four-wheel drive at ordering time. Armadas are rated to tow up to 9,100 pounds, which makes them able to tow the majority of conventional travel trailers.
Armadas offer seating for up to eight, with lots of room for adults to spread out in the first and second rows, and there’s a third row for smaller folks. The is 20 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third row, and 97.1 cubic feet with all the rear seats folded
The Armada is offered in three trim levels, including the entry-level SV, midrange SL and top-of-the-line Platinum. It can be fitted with a long list of options, including a moonroof, rear entertainment system, and the navigation system now includes XM NavTraffic for real-time traffic avoidance. Prices begin at $38,490.