With fuel prices pulled down from the stratosphere and the economy on the upswing, consumers have reignited their love affair with full-size SUVs. Unlike the early 2000s, however, it’s unibody crossovers, not body-on-frame SUVs, that seem to appeal most. With car-like handling and significantly better fuel efficiency, it’s understandable why most shoppers favor a crossover.
That doesn’t mean rugged, four-wheel drive SUVs are out of style. These vehicles communicate a sense of authority — backed up by immense towing capacities and off-road stamina. You may not be towing a giant trailer or hitting the trails every weekend, but when inspiration hits, only a durable rig will do. In this segment, the 2018 Nissan Armada competes with Chevrolet’s Tahoe, Ford’s Expedition, and Toyota’s Sequoia in the premium-lite, body-on-frame SUV segment. Redesigned for the 2017 model year, the Armada is more comfortable, upscale and powerful than its predecessor. Are these upgrades enough to unseat the class leaders? Let’s find out.