2018 Nissan Armada Platinum

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It’s an imposing machine. Long, tall and heavy. the truck-based, eight-passenger Nissan Armada certainly has lots of room for big families.

Updated last year for 2018, the Armada is largely unchanged. Our review SUV is a loaded Platinum model with the $3,000 Reserve package, adding special dark chrome trim.

You’ll find plenty of comfort in the cabin with lots of adjustability for all size drivers. The Reserve package adds special stitching to generous-sized seats.

The Armada’s video display is getting a bit dated with lower resolution than most and no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto ability. The seven-speed automatic is smooth, and optional four-wheel-drive includes snow and tow modes.

Row two is huge. Three adults fit with no problem. A dual-screen entertainment system is standard on Platinum models.

Accessing row three seating is easy. Even with row three in use, cargo space is better than many SUVs.

Power controls for folding row three are standard. Folding both rows three and two creates more than 90 cubic feet of cargo space.

With almost three tons to move around, you need some serious power: 5.6 liters of V8 with 390 horsepower.

Despite all that bulk, handling and braking are better than many similar-sized SUVs.

So for the 2018 Nissan Armada Platinum four-wheel-drive, I say thumbs up to roominess, cargo space and comfort; thumbs down to poor gas mileage and dated electronics.

I averaged about 15 miles per gallon. The as-reviewed sticker price is $66,695.

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