2019 Nissan Armada vs. 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

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 Land Cruiser doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Armada and the Land Cruiser 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.

Reliability

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 Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

Engine

The Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 9 more horsepower (390 vs. 381) than the Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan Armada is faster than the Toyota Land Cruiser:

 

Armada

Land Cruiser

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

6.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16 sec

17.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96 MPH

93 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Armada has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Land Cruiser (26 vs. 24.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

The Armada stops shorter than the Land Cruiser:

 

Armada

Land Cruiser

 

70 to 0 MPH

182 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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

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

Suspension and Handling

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 Toyota Land Cruiser 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 Land Cruiser, 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 Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Armada’s wheelbase is 8.9 inches longer than on the Land Cruiser (121.1 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Armada is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 3.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Land Cruiser.

The Armada Platinum 4x4 handles at .73 G’s, while the Land Cruiser pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Armada Platinum 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Land Cruiser (28 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Armada SV has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Land Cruiser (9.1 vs. 8.9 inches), allowing the Armada to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Armada SL/Platinum’s minimum ground clearance is .3 inch higher than on the Land Cruiser (9.2 vs. 8.9 inches).

Chassis

The Nissan Armada may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Toyota Land Cruiser.

Passenger Space

The Armada has 2.6 inches more front headroom, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 6.6 inches more rear legroom, 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room, .6 inches more third row headroom and .1 inches more third row legroom than the Land Cruiser.

Cargo Capacity

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

 

Armada

Land Cruiser

Behind Third Seat

16.5 cubic feet

16.1 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

49.9 cubic feet

43 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

95.4 cubic feet

81.7 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 Land Cruiser 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 Land Cruiser doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

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 Land Cruiser’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.

Towing

The Armada’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Land Cruiser’s (8500 vs. 8100 pounds).

Ergonomics

The Armada SL/Platinum has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Model Availability

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

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Armada owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Armada will cost $190 to $1605 less than the Land Cruiser over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Armada will be $6915 to $19231 less than for the Toyota Land Cruiser.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Armada and the Toyota Land Cruiser, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Nissan Armada outsold the Toyota Land Cruiser by over 10 to one during 2018.

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