Childre Nissan Compares 2010 Nissan Armada VS 2010 Acura MDX Near Warner Robins, GA

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2010 Nissan Armada

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2010 Acura MDX

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Armada are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Acura MDX doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.

Both the Armada and the MDX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

The Nissan Armada weighs 822 to 1291 pounds more than the Acura MDX. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

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There are almost 4 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Armada’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The camshafts in the Armada’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The MDX’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt which eventually needs to be replaced. If the MDX’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Armada has a standard 650 amp battery (710 optional). The MDX’s 550 amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2009 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 13th in initial quality. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 14th.

Engine Comparison

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The Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 17 more horsepower (317 vs. 300) and 115 lbs.-ft. more torque (385 vs. 270) than the MDX’s 3.7 SOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Armada is faster than the Acura MDX:

Armada

MDX

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.2 sec

13.3 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.7 sec

4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.9 MPH

87.8 MPH

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the Armada’s engine produces its peak torque at lower RPM’s than the MDX (3400 vs. 5000).

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Armada uses regular unleaded gasoline. The MDX requires premium, which can cost 25 to 50 cents more per gallon.

The Armada has 7 gallons more fuel capacity than the MDX (28 vs. 21 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Armada’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the MDX:

Armada

MDX

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

The Armada stops shorter than the MDX:

Armada

MDX

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Armada has larger standard tires than the MDX (265/70R18 vs. 255/55R18). The Armada Titanium/Platinum’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the MDX (275/60R20 vs. 255/55R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Armada Titanium/Platinum has standard 20 inch wheels. The MDX’s largest wheels are only 19 inches.

The Nissan Armada’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Acura MDX only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Armada has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The MDX’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Armada offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The MDX doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Armada’s wheelbase is 14.9 inches longer than on the MDX (123.2 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

The Armada’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the MDX’s (56% to 44%). This gives the Armada more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the Armada has a 2.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the MDX (10.4 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the Armada to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Armada SE 4x4 is quieter than the MDX (41 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Armada has standard seating for 8 passengers; the MDX can only carry 7.

The Armada has 24.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MDX (167.1 vs. 142.2).

The Armada has 1.8 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom, 2.4 inches more front hip room, 3.5 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 3.2 inches more rear legroom, 1.7 inches more rear hip room, 3 inches more rear shoulder room, .2 inches more third row headroom, 3.1 inches more third row legroom, 6.8 inches more third row hip room and 6.6 inches more third row shoulder room than the MDX.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Armada’s cargo area provides more volume than the MDX.

Armada

MDX

Behind Third Seat

20 cubic feet

15 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

56.7 cubic feet

42.9 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

97.1 cubic feet

83.5 cubic feet

The Armada’s cargo area is larger than the MDX’s in almost every dimension:

Armada

MDX

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

19.8”/50”/84”

18”/45.5”/79”

Max Width

55.5”

56”

Min Width

48.5”

47”

Height

35.5”

33.5”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Armada’s optional third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The MDX doesn’t offer power folding seats.

The Armada’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The MDX’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Armada’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The MDX does not have an oil pressure gauge.

If the windows are left down on the Armada the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the MDX can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Armada has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the MDX only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Armada LE has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The MDX doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

The Armada’s standard power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The MDX’s standard power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Armada Platinum has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The MDX has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Armada owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Armada will cost $331 less than the MDX over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Armada is less expensive to operate than the MDX because typical repairs cost much less on the Armada than the MDX, including $183 less for a water pump, $6 less for front brake pads, $46 less for fuel injection, $169 less for front struts and $359 less for a power steering pump.

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