Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Armada VS 2017 Audi Q7 Near Austin, TX

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2017 Nissan Armada

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2017 Audi Q7

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Armada are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Audi Q7 doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.

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 Q7 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Armada and the Q7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

The Nissan Armada weighs 473 to 1025 pounds more than the Audi Q7. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Armada 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Q7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 4 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Armada’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Armada has a 150-amp alternator. The Q7’s standard 120-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 14th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 138 more horsepower (390 vs. 252) and 128 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 273) than the Q7 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 57 more horsepower (390 vs. 333) and 76 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 325) than the Q7 3.0T’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Armada uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Q7 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Armada has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q7 (26 vs. 22.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Armada has larger standard tires than the Q7 (265/70R18 vs. 255/55R19).

The Nissan Armada’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Audi Q7 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Armada has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Q7, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the Q7 don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The rear suspension of the Armada uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Q7, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Armada has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Q7 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Armada’s wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than on the Q7 (121.1 inches vs. 117.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Armada is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Q7.

The Armada’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.6% to 49.4%) than the Q7’s (55% to 45%). This gives the Armada more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the Armada has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Q7 (9.2 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the Armada to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Armada has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Q7 can only carry 7.

The Armada has 2.5 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, 4.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom, 4.9 inches more rear shoulder room, .5 inches more third row headroom and 11.1 inches more third row shoulder room than the Q7.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Armada’s cargo area provides more volume than the Q7.




Behind Third Seat

16.6 cubic feet

14.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

49.6 cubic feet

37.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

95.1 cubic feet

71.6 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 Q7 doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Armada offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Q7 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Armada is less expensive to operate than the Q7 because typical repairs cost much less on the Armada than the Q7, including $98 less for a water pump, $440 less for an alternator, $105 less for front brake pads, $260 less for a starter, $296 less for fuel injection, $299 less for a fuel pump, $1364 less for front struts and $361 less for a power steering pump.

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