Childre Nissan Compares 2015 Nissan Armada VS 2016 Acura MDX Near Warner Robins, GA

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2015 Nissan Armada

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2016 Acura MDX

Safety Comparison

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.

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 MDX doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Armada and the MDX 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, available all wheel drive and rearview cameras.

The Nissan Armada weighs 999 to 1881 pounds more than the Acura MDX. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

The Nissan Armada has a better fatality history. The Armada was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 5% lower per vehicle registered than the MDX, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

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 that needs periodic replacement. If the MDX’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 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 19th in initial quality. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 25th.

Engine Comparison

The Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 27 more horsepower (317 vs. 290) and 118 lbs.-ft. more torque (385 vs. 267) than the MDX’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Armada uses regular unleaded gasoline. The MDX requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Armada has 8.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the MDX (28 vs. 19.5 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 MDX:



Front Rotors

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Armada has larger standard tires than the MDX (265/70R18 vs. 245/60R18). The Armada SL/Platinum’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the MDX (275/60R20 vs. 245/60R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Armada SL/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.

The Armada has a standard full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the MDX, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Armada SL/Platinum has a standard 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 12.2 inches longer than on the MDX (123.2 inches vs. 111 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Armada is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the MDX.

The Armada’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the MDX’s (60% to 40%). This gives the Armada more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the Armada has a 3.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the MDX (10.4 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Armada to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Armada has 34.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MDX (166.5 vs. 132.3).

The Armada has 2.9 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, 2.4 inches more front hip room, 3.9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 5.3 inches more rear legroom, 3 inches more rear hip room, 5.6 inches more rear shoulder room, .3 inches more third row headroom, 4.8 inches more third row legroom, 8.2 inches more third row hip room and 9 inches more third row shoulder room than the MDX.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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



Behind Third Seat

20 cubic feet

15.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

56.7 cubic feet

43.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

97.1 cubic feet

90.9 cubic feet

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



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



Max Width



Min Width






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

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

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.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Armada has standard extendable sun visors. The MDX doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Armada owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Armada will cost $15 to $1925 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 $187 less for a water pump, $28 less for an alternator, $49 less for a starter and $906 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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 MDX isn’t in the top three in its category.

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