Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Armada VS 2018 GMC Yukon Near Atlanta, GA

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2018 Nissan Armada

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2018 GMC Yukon

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 Yukon 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 Yukon 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 Yukon 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 Yukon 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 Yukon’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 Yukon.

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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 11 places higher in reliability than GMC.

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 Yukon’s standard 5.3 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Armada is faster than the GMC Yukon 5.3 V8:

 

Armada

Yukon

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

90 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

Armada

Yukon

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

The Armada stops shorter than the Yukon:

 

Armada

Yukon

 

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 GMC Yukon 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 Yukon’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 Yukon, 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 Yukon (121.1 inches vs. 116 inches).

For greater off-road capability the Armada SV has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Yukon (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 Yukon (9.2 vs. 8 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 Yukon.

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

 

Armada

Yukon

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 Yukon 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 Yukon 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 Yukon doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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