Nissan Armada Vs. Nissan Pathfinder

Full-size SUVs have been battling fighting the onslaught of crossovers taking up their spaces in families’ driveways. At Garber Nissan Hyundai in Saginaw, Michigan, we have room for both: the 2019 Nissan Armada and 2019 Nissan Pathfinder. Find out which one works best for your family below.


In 2017, the Nissan Armada had its latest redesign, making is super fresh and up to date for buyers. Despite getting a new look, the 2019 Nissan Armada still features the upright design it’s had for many years. When dressed up the right way, though, this upright and boxy look can be  luxurious, and the 2019 Armada has plenty of look-good bits to dress it up.

In 2013, the Nissan Pathfinder went through a big redesign that moved it from being a potent and rugged SUV to a softer and more family-friendly crossover. It went through a refresh in 2017 that brought in a more modern front end and an updated backside, but the Pathfinder remained mostly unchanged other than those updates.

In terms of sizing, the Armada is significantly larger and over 1,000 pounds heavier than the Pathfinder. It also has up to 2.2 extra inches of ground clearance, making it more off-road ready than its more family-focused little brother.


Measurement 2019 Nissan Armada 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Difference
Length 208.9 inches 198.5 inches +10.4 inches
Width 79.9 inches 77.3 inches +2.6 inches
Height 75.8 inches 69.5 inches +6.3 inches
Wheelbase 121.1 inches 114.2inches +6.9 inches
Ground Clearance 9.1 to 9.2 inches 7 inches +2.1 to 2.2 inches
Curb weight 5,590 to 5,972 pounds 4,293 to 4,662 pounds +1,297 to +1,310 pounds


Advantage: 2019 Nissan Armada

  • Standout looks in a boring segment
  • 2 inches extra ground clearance

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Pathfinder

  • Smaller and easier to maneuver
  • Lighter and nimbler
  • Swoopier appearance


Inside, the 2019 Nissan Armada boasts a truck-like design with plenty of dressiness to make it more stylish and comfortable than a pickup. As standard, the 2019 Armada comes with cloth seating, but it is still upscale with its standard 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, dual-zone climate control, Bose 13-speaker audio system, and more.

Inside the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder, buyers will find a cabin that is more car-like than SUV. The dashboard features more curviness, its center stack lacks any bulky knobs and buttons, and its seating position is lower and more like a sedan. This is the typical feel most buyers would expect from a crossover.

In terms of roominess, the Pathfinder’s platform allows for more legroom in all three rows, but the Armada’s wider body gives all three rows a ton more shoulder and hip room.


As for standard features, the Nissan Pathfinder is strong with its standard 8-inch touchscreen, SiriusXM, tri-zone climate control, six USB ports, and more, but it cannot hand with the Armada’s more upscale amenities. The latter boasts standard 10-way power seats, navigation, an upmarket audio system, and more.


Measurement 2019 Nissan Armada 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Difference
Front headroom 40.9 inches 42.2 inches -1.3 inches
Front legroom 41.9 inches 42.3 inches -0.4 inches
Front shoulder room 63.8 inches 60.9 inches +2.9 inch
Front hip room 59.2 inches 56.8 inches +2.4 inches
Second row headroom 40 inches 39.4 inches +0.6 inches
Second row legroom 41 inches 41.7 inches -0.7 inches
Second row shoulder room 63.4 inches 60.4 inches +3 inches
Second row hip room 58.4 inches 56 inches +2.4 inches
Third row headroom 36.4 inches 37.8 inches -1.4 inches
Third row legroom 28.4 inches 30.7 inches -2.3 inches
Third row shoulder room 60.5 inches 57.1 inches +3.4 inches
Third row hip room 48.8 inches 42 inches +6.8  inches
Cargo capacity (behind third row) 16.5 cubic feet 16.2 cubic feet +0.3  cubic feet
Cargo capacity (behind second row) 49.9 cubic feet 47.4 cubic feet +2.5 cubic feet
Cargo capacity (behind first row) 95.4 cubic feet 79.5 cubic feet +15.9 cubic feet


Advantage: 2019 Nissan Armada

  • Wider seating areas
  • Truck-like dash attracts certain buyers
  • More standard features

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Pathfinder

  • More legroom in all three rows
  • Higher ride quality
  • More car-like cabin


The 2019 Nissan Armada is a large SUVs with a lot of heft to haul around, so is boasts powerful V-8 engine that gives it respectable straight-line speed and plenty of power to haul a trailer. While it is strong in a straight line, its top-heavy body and soft suspension makes it tricky to handle in the corners.

The 390-horsepower V-8 gets the big-bodied Armada to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds, beating the 284-horsepower Pathfinder by 1.5 seconds. Towing is a breeze in the Armada with its 8,500-pound capacity. While the Pathfinder comes up 2,500 pounds short of the Armada, a 6,000-pound capacity is impressive for a crossover.

As a crossover, the Pathfinder delivers a more car-like drive than the Armada. This means it rides smoother, handles better, and just feels more manageable than the more truck-like Armada. Plus, it get significantly better fuel economy.


2019 Nissan Armada 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Difference
Standard Engine 5.6-liter V-8 3.5-liter V-6
Horsepower 390 hp at 5,800 rpm 284 hp at 6,400 rpm +106 hp
Torque 394 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm 259 lb-ft at 4,800 rpm +135 lb-ft
Transmission 7-speed automatic CVT
Driveline RWD (std.) / 4WD (opt.) FWD (std.) / AWD (opt.)
0-60 time 5.9 seconds 7.4 seconds -1.5 seconds
Max towing 8,500 pounds 6,000 pounds +2,500 pounds
MPG City 13 to 14 mpg* 19 to 20 mpg* 5 to -7 mpg
MPG Highway 18 to 19 mpg* 26 to 27 mpg* -7 to -9 mpg
MPG Combined 15 to 16 mpg* 21 to 23 mpg* 5 to -8 mpg


Advantage: 2019 Nissan Armada

  • Big towing advantage
  • Significantly quicker
  • More off-road ability

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Pathfinder

  • More car-like ride and handling
  • Up to a 9 mpg advantage

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Nissan Armada has three available trim levels — SV, SL, Platinum, and Platinum Reserve — and starting prices range from $47,100 to $63,100.


There are six trim levels making up the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder lineup: S, SV, SV Rock Creek Edition, SL, SL Rock Creek Edition, and Platinum. Their starting prices range from $31,430 to $42,770.

2019 Nissan Armada Key Features and Pricing by Trim

SV: $47,100**

  • 5.6-liter V-8 engine
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Hill-start assist
  • Four-wheel anti-lock brake
  • Nissan Brake Assist
  • Auto-leveling rear suspension
  • Speed-sensitive power steering
  • 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Automatic-on/off headlights
  • LED low-beam headlights with signature lighting
  • LED daytime running light
  • Dark-painted roof rails
  • Dark-painted running boards
  • Dark-painted overfenders
  • Chrome grille and door handles
  • Power-folding body-color mirrors with turn-signal indicators
  • Acoustic windshield and front-side glass
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Tow hitch receiver
  • NissanConnect 8-inch touchscreen
  • Nissan Navigation
  • NissanConnect Services
  • SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link
  • Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button start
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Rear air-conditioning controls
  • Rear-seat heater ducts
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down operation
  • Power door locks
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Dual second- and third-row map lights
  • Three 12-volt power outlets
  • Overhead sunglasses storage
  • Cargo-area underfloor storage
  • Eight cargo tie-down anchors
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Eight-way power passenger’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • 60/40 split-folding second- and third-row seats
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Wood-tone trim
  • 13-speaker Bose audio system
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM
  • MP3/WMA playback
  • Four USB ports
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rearview camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Forward collision warning
  • Rear door alert


SL: $51,900**

  • All SV features, plus
  • 20-inch machine-finished aluminum wheels
  • Fog lights
  • Power-folding chrome mirrors
  • Heated mirrors with puddle lights
  • Auto-dimming outside mirrors
  • Power liftgate
  • Seven-pin wiring harness
  • Trailer-brake prewiring
  • Remote ignition
  • Homelink universal home remote
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirrors
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • 120-volt power outlet
  • Memory for driver’s seat, steering wheel, and mirrors
  • Power third-row seating
  • Leather seating
  • Leather door trim with double stitching
  • 360-degree camera


Platinum: $60,100**

  • All SL features, plus
  • 20-inch machine-finished tinted alloy wheels
  • Body-color overfenders
  • Power moonroof
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Rear step light
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Heated rear outboard seats
  • Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tri-zone entertainment system with 8-inch monitors, DVD player, remote control, two wireless headphones, and HDMI input
  • Five USB ports
  • Mirror-mounted rearview camera display
  • Active distance-control system
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Rear automatic emergency braking
  • Blind-spot warning


Platinum Reserve: $63,100**

  • 20-inch dark-chrome aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Dark-chrome grille and door handles
  • Dark-chrome mirrors
  • Dark-chrome license plate finisher
  • Platinum Reserve badging
  • Second-row fold-up captain’s chairs
  • Premium two-tone leather seating with contrast stitching
  • Open-pore wood-ton and black quartz trim
  • Platinum Reserve interior badges

2019 Nissan Pathfinder Key Features and Pricing by Trim

S: $31,430**

  • 3.5-liter V-6
  • CVT
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Four-wheel anti-lock brakes
  • Hill-start assist
  • Nissan Brake Assist
  • Speed-sensitive power steering
  • 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Roof rails
  • Body-colored rear spoiler
  • Power mirrors with LED turn signal indicators
  • NissanConnect infotainment with 8-inch touchscreen
  • NissanConnect services from SiriusXM
  • Keyless ignition
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Rear-door alert
  • Power door locks
  • Power windows with driver’s side one-touch down
  • Cruise control
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Intermittent rear window wiper
  • Two 12-volt power outlets
  • Vanity mirrors
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Overhead console with sunglasses storage
  • Cargo area under-floor storage
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • Four-way manual passenger’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding second-row seats
  • 50/50 split-folding third-row seats
  • Cloth seating
  • Piano-black interior trim
  • Six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • SiriusXM
  • HD Radio
  • MP3/WMA playback
  • Six USB ports
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Rearview camera
  • Rear parking sensors


SV: $34,270**

  • All S features, plus
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Fog lights
  • Nissan Intelligent Key
  • Remote engine start
  • Homelink universal home remote
  • One-touch up/down front power windows
  • Speed-sensitive windshield wipers
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Three 12-volt power outlets
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Blind-spot warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control


SV Rock Creek Edition: $35,265**

  • All SV features, plus
  • 18-inch dark-finished alloy wheels
  • Black front grille
  • Unique lower fascia
  • Black roof rails
  • Tow hitch receiver with seven-pin wiring harness
  • Black outside mirrors
  • Black door handles
  • Black license plate finisher
  • Black overfenders
  • Rock Creek Edition black badging
  • Splash guards
  • Leatherette seating with cloth inserts and Rock Creek Edition badging
  • High-contrast interior stitching
  • Premium Rock Creek Edition


SL: $37,920**

  • All SV features, plus
  • LED low-beam headlights
  • Reverse tilt-down mirrors
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Navigation
  • NissanConnect services powered by SiriusXM
  • SiriusXM Traffic
  • Welcome lighting
  • 120-volt power outlet
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Two-position memory for driver’s seat and mirrors
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Leather first- and second-row seating
  • Leather door trim
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated outboard second-row seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Metallic interior trim
  • Stainless steel front kick plates
  • 360-degree camera


SL Rock Creek Edition: $38,915**

  • All SL features, plus
  • 18-inch dark-finished alloy wheels
  • Black front grille
  • Unique lower fascia
  • Black roof rails
  • Tow hitch receiver with seven-pin wiring harness
  • Black outside mirrors
  • Black door handles
  • Black license plate finisher
  • Black overfenders
  • Rock Creek Edition black badging
  • Splash guards
  • Leather seating with cloth inserts and Rock Creek Edition badging
  • High-contrast interior stitching
  • Premium Rock Creek Edition


Platinum: $42,770**

  • All SL features, plus
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Tow hitch with seven-pin wiring harness
  • Chrome body-side moldings
  • Black license plate finisher
  • Dual-panel panoramic moonroof
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with memory
  • Perforate first- and second-row seats
  • Cooled front seats
  • Wood-tone interior trim
  • 13-speaker Bose premium audio

Who Should Buy the 2019 Nissan Armada?

Buyers looking for something premium without a luxury-car price tag will appreciate the 2019 Armada. It also suits buyers who plan to to a lot, as its truck base and V-8 engine give it great trailering abilities.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder?

If you need three rows but have no need for a full-size SUV, the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder offers a nice balance of ease to drive and people hauling. Plus, with a 6,000-pound towing capacity, it is not too far behind the Armada.


No matter if you need a crossover for your long commute to Saginaw or a big SUV to tow a trailer back and forth to Bay City every weekend, we have a vehicle for you here are Garber Nissan Hyundai in Saginaw. We offer the smaller and nimbler 2019 Nissan Pathfinder and the rugged 2019 Nissan Armada to cover the needs of all our Midland area shoppers. Stop by our Saginaw dealership today to test drive the Armada and Pathfinder to see which suits you better. Can’t make it in today? Navigate to our online inventory to see what 2019 Armada and 2019 Pathfinder models we have in stock and schedule a test drive later.


*2019 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. Actual Mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.


**Price is Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes tax, title, license, options and destination charge. Dealer sets actual price.

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