Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Armada VS 2018 Cadillac Escalade Near Dublin, GA

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2018 Nissan Armada

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2018 Cadillac Escalade

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 Escalade doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Armada and the Escalade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 17 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Armada’s warranty.

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 Escalade.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 8 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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




Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

The Armada stops much shorter than the Escalade:





70 to 0 MPH

182 feet

202 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

133 feet

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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 Cadillac Escalade has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The rear suspension of the Armada uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Escalade, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Armada’s wheelbase is 5.1 inches longer than on the Escalade (121.1 inches vs. 116 inches).

The Armada Platinum 4x4 handles at .74 G’s, while the Escalade 4x4 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Armada SV has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Escalade (9.1 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Armada to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Armada SL/Platinum’s minimum ground clearance is 1.2 inches higher than on the Escalade (9.2 vs. 8 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Armada has 33.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Escalade (154.5 vs. 120.8).

The Armada has 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 2 inches more rear legroom and 3.6 inches more third row legroom than the Escalade.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Armada’s middle and third row seats recline. The Escalade’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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




Behind Third Seat

16.5 cubic feet

15.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

95.4 cubic feet

94.2 cubic feet

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

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Armada. The Escalade doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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 Escalade can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Economic Advantages Comparison

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Armada will be $15082 to $21086 less than for the Cadillac Escalade.

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