Ancira Nissan Compares 2014 Nissan Armada VS 2014 Lexus GX460 Near Austin, TX

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2014 Nissan Armada

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2014 Lexus GX460

Safety Comparison

Both the Armada and the GX460 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 5 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Armada’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Armada’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The GX460’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the GX460’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

Engine Comparison

The Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 16 more horsepower (317 vs. 301) and 56 lbs.-ft. more torque (385 vs. 329) than the GX460’s 4.6 DOHC V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan Armada is faster than the Lexus GX460:

Armada

GX460

Zero to 30 MPH

2.3 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.3 sec

21.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.2 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

15.8 sec

Top Speed

112 MPH

111 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Armada uses regular unleaded gasoline. The GX460 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Armada has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the GX460 (28 vs. 23 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Armada’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GX460:

Armada

GX460

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

12.3 inches

The Armada stops shorter than the GX460:

Armada

GX460

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Armada SL/Platinum’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GX460 (275/60R20 vs. 265/60R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Armada SL/Platinum has standard 20-inch wheels. The GX460’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 Lexus GX460 has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Armada’s wheelbase is 13.4 inches longer than on the GX460 (123.2 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Armada is 5.1 inches wider in the front and 5.1 inches wider in the rear than on the GX460.

The Armada SL 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the GX460 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Armada’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the GX460’s (40.8 feet vs. 41.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Armada has a 2.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GX460 (10.4 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Armada to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Armada SV 4x4 is quieter than the GX460 (41 vs. 43 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Armada has standard seating for 8 passengers; the GX460 can only carry 7.

The Armada has 36.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GX460 (166.5 vs. 129.7).

The Armada has 3 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, 4.9 inches more front hip room, 9.6 inches more front shoulder room, 7.8 inches more rear legroom, 5.6 inches more rear hip room, 7.4 inches more rear shoulder room, .7 inches more third row headroom, 2.9 inches more third row legroom, 5.7 inches more third row hip room and 9.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the GX460.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Armada’s cargo area provides more volume than the GX460.

Armada

GX460

Behind Third Seat

20 cubic feet

11.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

56.7 cubic feet

46.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

97.1 cubic feet

64.7 cubic feet

The Armada’s cargo area is larger than the GX460’s in almost every dimension:

Armada

GX460

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

19.8”/50”/84”

9.8”/39”/75”

Max Width

55.5”

54.6”

Min Width

48.5”

43.4”

Height

35.5”

35.5”

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 GX460’s swing out door blocks loading from the passenger’s side.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Armada offers an optional power rear cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The GX460 doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 GX460 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

If the windows are left down on the Armada the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the GX460 can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Armada’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The GX460’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Armada’s power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The GX460’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Armada Platinum has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The GX460 has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Armada owner. Kiplinger’s estimates that insurance for the Armada will cost $574 to $904 less than the GX460 each year.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Armada first among large CUVS in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The GX460 isn’t in the top three in its category.

 The Armada is ranked first in its class and received the 2012 “Total Quality Award.” The GX460 is not ranked.

The Nissan Armada outsold the Lexus GX460 by 48% during the 2013 model year.

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