Ancira Nissan Compares 2014 Nissan Armada VS 2015 Cadillac Escalade Near San Antonio, TX

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2014 Nissan Armada

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2015 Cadillac Escalade

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 Escalade doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Armada and the Escalade 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, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Armada has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Escalade.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

The Armada has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Escalade (28 vs. 26 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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



Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 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 Cadillac Escalade has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Armada’s wheelbase is 7.2 inches longer than on the Escalade (123.2 inches vs. 116 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Armada may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 350 pounds less than the Cadillac Escalade.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Armada has .5 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 2.9 inches more rear legroom, .6 inches more rear hip room, .3 inches more rear shoulder room, 7.4 inches more third row legroom and 1.1 inches more third row shoulder room than the Escalade.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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



Behind Third Seat

20 cubic feet

15.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

56.7 cubic feet

51.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

97.1 cubic feet

94.2 cubic feet

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



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



Max Width



Min Width






The Armada has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Escalade doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Escalade can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Armada won the First for Safety award in Kiplinger’s 2014 car issue.

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

The Nissan Armada outsold the Cadillac Escalade by 14% during 2013.

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