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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Lexus LX 570 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Nissan Armada doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.
The LX 570’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Armada doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the LX 570. But it costs extra on the Armada.
Both the LX 570 and the Armada have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.
The LX 570 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Armada’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.
Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the LX 570 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Nissan covers the Armada. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Armada ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.
The LX 570’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Armada’s (6 vs. 5 years).
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 LX 570’s reliability 12 points higher than the Armada.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 15th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. Nissan is ranked 14th.
The LX 570’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (403 vs. 394) than the Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8.
An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Lexus LX 570, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Armada.
The LX 570 stops much shorter than the Armada:
60 to 0 MPH
For better traction, the LX 570 has larger standard tires than the Armada (275/50R21 vs. 265/70R18). The LX 570’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Armada (285/50R20 vs. 275/60R20).
The LX 570’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Armada SV’s standard 70 series tires. The LX 570’s tires are lower profile than the Armada SL/Platinum’s 60 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the LX 570 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Armada SV. The LX 570’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels on the Armada SL/Platinum.
The LX 570 has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Armada’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
The LX 570 handles at .78 G’s, while the Armada Platinum 4x4 pulls only .71 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The LX 570 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Armada Platinum 4x4 (27.9 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .59 average G’s).
For better maneuverability, the LX 570’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Armada’s (38.7 feet vs. 41.3 feet).
The LX 570 is 8.9 inches shorter than the Armada, making the LX 570 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The design of the Lexus LX 570 amounts to more than styling. The LX 570 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .35 Cd. That is lower than the Armada (.37). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the LX 570 get better fuel mileage.
The front step up height for the LX 570 is 3.5 inches lower than the Armada (18.8” vs. 22.3”).
The LX 570’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Armada’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.
The LX 570 has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Armada doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Nissan. J.D. Power ranks Lexus second in service department satisfaction. With a 49% lower rating, Nissan is ranked 17th.
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Armada SL/Platinum, the LX 570 has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.
The LX 570 Three-Row offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Armada doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The LX 570’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Armada’s parking brake has to released manually.
The LX 570’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Armada’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
The LX 570’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Armada SV’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The LX 570 has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Armada doesn’t offer headlight washers.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the LX 570 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Armada doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
The LX 570’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Nissan only offers heated mirrors on the Armada SL/Platinum.
Optional air conditioned the front and second row seats keep the LX 570’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The Armada doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.
The LX 570 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the LX 570 will retain 49.94% to 53.36% of its original price after five years, while the Armada only retains 42.82% to 44.66%.
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