Childre Nissan Compares 2019 Nissan Armada VS 2019 Acura MDX Near Atlanta, GA

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2019 Nissan Armada

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2019 Acura MDX

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Armada are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Acura MDX doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Armada are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The MDX doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

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 MDX 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 MDX doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Armada and the MDX 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The Nissan Armada weighs 1104 to 1940 pounds more than the Acura MDX. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

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There are over 4 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Armada’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 20th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 8 places higher in reliability than Acura.

Engine Comparison

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The Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 100 more horsepower (390 vs. 290) and 127 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 267) than the MDX’s standard 3.5 SOHC V6. The Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 69 more horsepower (390 vs. 321) and 105 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 289) than the MDX Sport Hybrid’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6 hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

The Armada has 6.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the MDX Sport Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (26 vs. 19.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Armada has 6.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the MDX’s standard fuel tank (26 vs. 19.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

Armada

MDX

MDX Sport Hybrid

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

13 inches

The Armada’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the MDX are solid, not vented.

The Armada stops shorter than the MDX:

 

Armada

MDX

 

70 to 0 MPH

182 feet

185 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Armada has larger standard tires than the MDX (265/70R18 vs. 245/60R18). The Armada SL/Platinum’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the MDX (275/60R20 vs. 265/45R20).

The Nissan Armada’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Acura MDX only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Armada has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the MDX, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

The Armada has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The MDX doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Armada’s wheelbase is 10.1 inches longer than on the MDX (121.1 inches vs. 111 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Armada is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than on the MDX.

The Armada’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.5% to 49.5%) than the MDX’s (57% to 43%). This gives the Armada more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the Armada SV has a 1.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the MDX (9.1 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Armada to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Armada SL/Platinum’s minimum ground clearance is 1.9 inches higher than on the MDX (9.2 vs. 7.3 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Armada has 21.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MDX (154.5 vs. 132.7).

The Armada has 2.8 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 4.4 inches more rear legroom, .6 inches more rear hip room, 4.3 inches more rear shoulder room, .8 inches more third row headroom, .3 inches more third row legroom, 8.2 inches more third row hip room and 5.8 inches more third row shoulder room than the MDX.

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

 

Armada

MDX

Behind Third Seat

16.5 cubic feet

15.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

49.9 cubic feet

43.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

95.4 cubic feet

90.9 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 MDX doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Armada’s optional third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The MDX doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

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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 MDX does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Armada has standard extendable sun visors. The MDX doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Armada is less expensive to operate than the MDX because typical repairs cost much less on the Armada than the MDX, including $212 less for a water pump, $102 less for a muffler, $135 less for front brake pads, $69 less for a starter, $1026 less for fuel injection, $176 less for a fuel pump and $289 less for a power steering pump.

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