2019 Nissan Armada vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Land Rover Range Rover Sport 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 Range Rover Sport 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 Range Rover Sport 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 Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Armada and the Range Rover Sport 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 469 to 1199 pounds more than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Armada 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Range Rover Sport. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Range Rover Sport ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 6 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Armada’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Armada’s reliability 39 points higher than the Range Rover Sport.

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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 75 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st, 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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 71 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 50 more horsepower (390 vs. 340) and 62 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 332) than the Range Rover Sport’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6. The Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 10 more horsepower (390 vs. 380) and 62 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 332) than the Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6. The Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 99 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 295) than the Range Rover Sport P400e’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Armada has 3.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Sport Diesel’s standard fuel tank (26 vs. 22.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

The Armada stops shorter than the Range Rover Sport:

 

Armada

Range Rover Sport

 

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Armada has larger standard tires than the Range Rover Sport (265/70R18 vs. 235/65R19).

The Nissan Armada’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Land Rover Range Rover Sport 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 Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Armada has a standard full size spare so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare costs extra on the Range Rover Sport 5-Passenger, and isn’t available otherwise. Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Armada’s wheelbase is 6 inches longer than on the Range Rover Sport (121.1 inches vs. 115.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Armada is .9 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Range Rover Sport.

Passenger Space

The Armada has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Range Rover Sport can only carry up to 7.

The Armada has 26.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Range Rover Sport (154.5 vs. 128).

The Armada has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 4.1 inches more rear legroom and 3.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Range Rover Sport.

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

Cargo Capacity

The Armada’s cargo area provides more volume than the Range Rover Sport.

 

Armada

Range Rover Sport

Behind Third Seat

16.5 cubic feet

7.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

49.9 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

24.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

95.4 cubic feet

55.8 cubic feet

Towing

The Armada’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Range Rover Sport’s (8500 vs. 7716 pounds).

While the Range Rover Sport SVR can only tow 6613, any Armada can tow a minimum of 8500 pounds.

Ergonomics

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 Range Rover Sport 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 Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

The Armada is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Armada is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover Sport because it costs $198 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Armada than the Range Rover Sport, including $85 less for a water pump, $69 less for front brake pads, $167 less for a starter, $341 less for fuel injection, $126 less for a fuel pump, $37 less for front struts and $195 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Armada, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Land Rover Range Rover Sport isn't recommended.

The Nissan Armada outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Sport by 34% during 2018.

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