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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 BMW X7 doesn’t offer height-adjustable front 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 X7 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 X7 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 that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The X7 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
Both the Armada and the X7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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.
Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Armada 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are over 3 times as many Nissan dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Armada’s warranty.
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 BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 11th.
The Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 55 more horsepower (390 vs. 335) and 64 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 330) than the X7 xDrive40i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Armada uses regular unleaded gasoline. The X7 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Armada has 4.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the X7 (26 vs. 21.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The Nissan Armada’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The BMW X7 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.
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 X7 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
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 X7, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare or run-flat tires, either of which has mileage and speed limitations.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Armada is 1.2 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than on the X7.
For better maneuverability, the Armada’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the X7’s (41.3 feet vs. 42.8 feet).
For greater off-road capability the Armada SV has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X7 (9.1 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the Armada to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Armada SL/Platinum’s minimum ground clearance is .5 inch higher than on the X7 (9.2 vs. 8.7 inches).
The Armada has standard seating for 8 passengers; the X7 can only carry 7.
The Armada has 2.1 inches more front legroom, 3.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 3.4 inches more rear legroom, 5.3 inches more rear shoulder room and 12.6 inches more third row shoulder room than the X7.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Armada’s middle and third row seats recline. The X7’s third row seats don’t recline.
The Armada’s cargo area provides more volume than the X7.
Third Seat Folded
49.9 cubic feet
48.6 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
95.4 cubic feet
90.4 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 X7 doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.
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 X7’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.
The Armada’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the X7’s (8500 vs. 7500 pounds).
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 X7 does not have a temperature gauge.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Armada has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the X7 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
The Armada SL/Platinum has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X7 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Armada is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The X7 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Armada and the BMW X7, based on reliability, safety and performance.
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