Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Armada VS 2018 Chevrolet Suburban Near Gray, GA

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2018 Nissan Armada

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2018 Chevrolet Suburban

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 Suburban doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Armada (except SV) offers optional Backup Collision Intervention which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Suburban doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Armada SL/Platinum has a standard Around View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Suburban only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Armada and the Suburban 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 and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The Armada’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Suburban’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 Suburban.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 2 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine Comparison

The Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 35 more horsepower (390 vs. 355) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 383) than the Suburban’s 5.3 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Armada is faster than the Chevrolet Suburban:




Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

88.6 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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




Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

The Armada stops shorter than the Suburban:





60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

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 Suburban 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 Suburban’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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

For better maneuverability, the Armada’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Suburban’s (41.3 feet vs. 43 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Armada SV has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Suburban (9.1 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Armada to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Armada SL/Platinum’s minimum ground clearance is 1.3 inches higher than on the Suburban (9.2 vs. 7.9 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Armada is 1 foot, 3.5 inches shorter than the Suburban, making the Armada easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Armada has .9 inches more rear headroom and 1.3 inches more rear legroom than the Suburban.

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Armada has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Suburban 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 Suburban can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Armada has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Suburban doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Armada is less expensive to operate than the Suburban because it costs $198 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Armada than the Suburban, including $233 less for a water pump, $113 less for an alternator, $118 less for front brake pads and $167 less for a fuel pump.

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