Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Armada VS 2018 Infiniti QX80 Near Atlanta, GA

Responsive image

2018 Nissan Armada

Responsive image

2018 Infiniti QX80

Safety Comparison

The Nissan Armada has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The QX80 doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Both the Armada and the QX80 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, 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 5 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Armada’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan Armada is faster than the Infiniti QX80:




Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

6.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16 sec

17.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96 MPH

94 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Armada uses regular unleaded gasoline. The QX80 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Armada stops shorter than the QX80:





70 to 0 MPH

182 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Armada has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The QX80 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Armada Platinum 4x4 handles at .74 G’s, while the QX80 AWD pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Armada Platinum 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the QX80 AWD (28 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Armada has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount. A computer controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The QX80 uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Armada has 1 inch more front headroom and 2.3 inches more front legroom than the QX80.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Armada’s cargo area provides more volume than the QX80.




Third Seat Folded

49.9 cubic feet

49.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

95.4 cubic feet

95.1 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

Standard NissanConnect Apps for the Armada allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones so they can stay connected without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The QX80 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Armada owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Armada will cost $175 less than the QX80 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Armada is less expensive to operate than the QX80 because typical repairs cost much less on the Armada than the QX80, including $9 less for front brake pads, $28 less for a starter, $140 less for front struts and $719 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Armada will be $14586 to $22376 less than for the Infiniti QX80.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Armada outsold the Infiniti QX80 by almost two to one during 2017.

© 1991-2016 Advanta-STAR Automotive Research. All rights reserved. Who We Are
Click here to view the disclaimers, limitations and notices about EPA fuel mileage, crash tests, coprights, trademarks, and other issues.