Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Armada VS 2018 Lexus GX460 Near Gray, GA

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2018 Nissan Armada

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2018 Lexus GX460

Safety Comparison

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 GX460 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Armada and the GX460 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 almost 5 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Armada’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Armada’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The GX460’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the GX460’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Armada has a standard 150-amp alternator. The GX460’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

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 Lexus vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lexus is ranked 15th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 89 more horsepower (390 vs. 301) and 65 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 329) than the GX460’s 4.6 DOHC V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan Armada is faster than the Lexus GX460:




Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16 sec

21.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96 MPH

89 MPH

Top Speed

133 MPH

111 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Armada uses regular unleaded gasoline. The GX460 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Armada has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the GX460 (26 vs. 23 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Armada’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GX460:




Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

12.3 inches

The Armada stops shorter than the GX460:





70 to 0 MPH

182 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Armada SL/Platinum’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GX460 (275/60R20 vs. 265/60R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Armada SL/Platinum has standard 20-inch wheels. The GX460’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

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 GX460 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

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 Lexus GX460 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 GX460, 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 11.3 inches longer than on the GX460 (121.1 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Armada is 5.1 inches wider in the front and 5.5 inches wider in the rear than on the GX460.

For greater off-road capability the Armada SV has a greater minimum ground clearance than the GX460 (9.1 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Armada to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Armada SL/Platinum’s minimum ground clearance is 1.1 inches higher than on the GX460 (9.2 vs. 8.1 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Armada has standard seating for 8 passengers; the GX460 can only carry 7.

The Armada has 24.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GX460 (154.5 vs. 129.7).

The Armada has 2.9 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, 2.7 inches more front hip room, 8.4 inches more front shoulder room, 6.9 inches more rear legroom, 3.2 inches more rear hip room, 6.1 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.2 inches more third row headroom, 5.7 inches more third row hip room and 6 inches more third row shoulder room than the GX460.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Armada’s cargo area provides more volume than the GX460.




Behind Third Seat

16.5 cubic feet

11.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

49.9 cubic feet

46.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

95.4 cubic feet

64.7 cubic feet

The Armada’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The GX460’s swing out door blocks loading from the passenger’s side.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Armada offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The GX460 doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Armada’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The GX460 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Armada SV’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The GX460’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Armada is less expensive to operate than the GX460 because typical repairs cost much less on the Armada than the GX460, including $298 less for a water pump, $395 less for a starter, $146 less for fuel injection, $93 less for a fuel pump and $137 less for a power steering pump.

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