2018 Nissan Armada vs 2018 Nissan Pathfinder

2018 Nissan Armada vs 2018 Nissan Pathfinder

You want a new SUV, and you’ve settled on Nissan. Good choice, but which one? If you’re comparing the 2018 Nissan Armada vs 2018 Nissan Pathfinder, you’re likely looking for a large, roomy option with plenty of advanced features to keep you and your family comfortable. Technically speaking, the Armada is considered a large or full-size SUV, while the Pathfinder falls into the midsize category. Practically speaking, the front legroom for you as a driver is actually slightly better in the Pathfinder than the Armada, but you have to look at the whole picture.

The 2018 Nissan Armada has 154 total cubic feet of passenger volume, compared to 120 in the Pathfinder, and 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which is only slightly more than the Pathfinder’s 16 cubic feet. But consider this: max cargo space is 95.4 cubic feet in the Armada compared to 79.8 cubic feet in the Pathfinder. It’s all about the layout and design, with the Armada seating up to eight where the Pathfinder seats just seven.

2018 Nissan Armada


2018 Nissan Pathfinder

$45,600 MSRP $30,290
14 city/19 hwy Fuel Economy 20 city/27 hwy
5.6-liter V8 Engine 3.5-liter V6
390hp/394 lb-ft of torque Performance 284hp/259 lb-ft of torque

Performance in the 2018 Nissan Armada vs 2018 Nissan Pathfinder

Though the models might look like they would be in similar segments just looking at them, a deeper inspection shows the 2018 Nissan Armada and 2018 Nissan Pathfinder are very different. It’s already clear that the Armada is a much larger vehicle when it comes to interior space, and that naturally means it is heavier and requires a more powerful engine. As a result, you can see that it is powered by a robust 5.6-liter V8 that delivers much more power, but it also lags behind the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder when it comes to fuel economy.

Then, of course, there is pricing. It can’t be that much more money to drive a larger vehicle, right? The 2018 Nissan Armada is not only more expensive because of its size, but its capability and features. The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds, which is a lot for the midsize segment, but quite a bit lower than the 8,500 pounds of maximum towing offered by the 2018 Nissan Armada.

What about features? While both models are well-stocked, the 2018 Nissan Armada has the following features that are either not offered on the Pathfinder, or simply not present on the base model: External digital memory control, power driver and front passenger seats, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 13-speaker Bose audio system, integrated navigation and more. Upgrading to a higher trim level will naturally give you more features in the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder, but it will also raise the price closer to that of the Armada.

Still not sure which Nissan SUV is right for you? Stop by Glendale Nissan and compare them both in person.

2018 Nissan Armada Glendale Heights IL
2018 Nissan Pathfinder Glendale Heights IL