Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Armada VS 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Near Dublin, GA

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2018 Nissan Armada

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2018 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.

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 Tahoe 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 Tahoe 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 Tahoe 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 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 engines in the Tahoe.

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 Tahoe’s standard 5.3 V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan Armada is faster than the Chevrolet Tahoe 5.3 V8:

 

Armada

Tahoe

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

7.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16 sec

19.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96 MPH

91 MPH

Top Speed

133 MPH

113 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Armada uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Tahoe RST 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 Tahoe:

 

Armada

Tahoe

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

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.

The rear suspension of the Armada uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Tahoe, 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 Tahoe (121.1 inches vs. 116 inches).

For greater off-road capability the Armada SV has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Tahoe (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 Tahoe (9.2 vs. 7.9 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

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

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

 

Armada

Tahoe

Behind Third Seat

16.5 cubic feet

15.3 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

95.4 cubic feet

94.7 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 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.

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 Tahoe 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 Tahoe 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 Tahoe, including $228 less for a water pump, $498 less for an alternator, $118 less for front brake pads and $390 less for a fuel pump.

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