Ancira Nissan Compares 2014 Nissan Armada VS 2014 Toyota Sequoia Near Austin, TX

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2014 Nissan Armada

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2014 Toyota Sequoia

Safety Comparison

The Armada has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Full time four-wheel drive is optional on the Armada. Full-time four-wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the Sequoia.

Both the Armada and the Sequoia 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 and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Armada RWD gets better highway fuel mileage than the Sequoia RWD (19 hwy vs. 17 hwy).

The Armada has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sequoia (28 vs. 26.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Armada stops much shorter than the Sequoia:

Armada

Sequoia

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 feet

163 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Nissan Armada’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Toyota Sequoia only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Armada’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Sequoia (123.2 inches vs. 122 inches).

The Armada SL 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the Sequoia Limited 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Armada SL 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Sequoia Limited 4x4 (28.8 seconds @ .57 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Armada has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Sequoia Platinum (10.4 vs. 9.6 inches), allowing the Armada to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Armada’s minimum ground clearance is .4 inch higher than on the Sequoia (10.4 vs. 10 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Armada may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 450 pounds less than the Toyota Sequoia.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Armada has 6.2 inches more front headroom, 5.1 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom, .9 inches more rear hip room and 1.4 inches more third row headroom than the Sequoia.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Armada

Sequoia

Behind Third Seat

20 cubic feet

18.9 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 Sequoia doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the Armada Titanium/Platinum automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Sequoia’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

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 Sequoia can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

The Intelligent Key standard on the Armada SL/Platinum allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Toyota Sequoia doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

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 Sequoia’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 Sequoia’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Armada is less expensive to operate than the Sequoia because typical repairs cost much less on the Armada than the Sequoia, including $166 less for a water pump, $340 less for a starter, $70 less for fuel injection, $328 less for a fuel pump and $25 less for front struts.

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 Sequoia was rated second.

 The Armada is ranked first in its class and received the 2012 “Total Quality Award.”

The Nissan Armada outsold the Toyota Sequoia by 10% during the 2013 model year.

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