Childre Nissan Compares 2015 Nissan Armada VS 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Near Gray, GA

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2015 Nissan Armada

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2015 Chevrolet Tahoe

Safety Comparison

The Armada has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Tahoe doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Armada and the Tahoe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact 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.

Warranty Comparison

The Armada’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Tahoe’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Armada has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Tahoe.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Armada is faster than the Chevrolet Tahoe:

Armada

Tahoe

Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

2.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

7.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.8 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

15.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Armada has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Tahoe (28 vs. 26 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Armada

Tahoe

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

The Armada stops shorter than the Tahoe:

Armada

Tahoe

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Nissan Armada has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Tahoe has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Armada has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Armada flat and controlled during cornering. The Tahoe’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Armada’s wheelbase is 7.2 inches longer than on the Tahoe (123.2 inches vs. 116 inches).

The Armada SL 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the Tahoe LTZ 4x4 pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Armada has a 2.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Tahoe (10.4 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Armada to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Armada has .6 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 2.9 inches more rear legroom, .5 inches more rear hip room, 7.4 inches more third row legroom and 1.1 inches more third row shoulder room than the Tahoe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Armada

Tahoe

Behind Third Seat

20 cubic feet

15.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

56.7 cubic feet

51.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

97.1 cubic feet

94.7 cubic feet

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

Armada

Tahoe

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

19.8”/50”/84”

11.1”/43.2”/79.9”

Max Width

55.5”

n/a

Min Width

48.5”

49.3”

Height

35.5”

33.9”

The Armada has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Tahoe doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Tahoe can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Armada won the First for Safety award in Kiplinger’s 2014 car issue.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Armada second among large SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Tahoe isn’t in the top three.

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