2008 Nissan Armada SE 4×4 Flex-fuel Test Drive & Flex-fuel Vehicle Review – 2008 Nissan Armada 4WD SE Road Test

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Nissan Armada

An alt fuel sleeper#8212;but no slacker

317 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque, the #8217;08 cranks up the power with a V-8 to navigate life in the E85 fast or off-road. Look closely for small white gas flap that reveals flex-fuel and then fill the 3-row with 8 passengers plus for a family ride in this SUV. Think secure, and snug.

Touting a base of our Timberline SE was outfitted with the Package and SE tow package for a grand of $42,330, and #8217;08 EPA ratings of and a 5-speed automatic transmission. to hit the road.

Initial Impression: not stodgy

Christine: I#8217;ve been much for the big ole SUVs#8212;I#8217;m more of a sporty fun-to-drive of gal. But I#8217;m all for comfort, and it took five seconds in the seat to know I would not a hard time managing the miles over the next It was big, but definitely not boring. And stale and stodgy#8212;this was lookin#8217; to be one SUV.#8221;

Scott: #8220;I like the of lots of power, especially grunt, and our Armada had that in But just as much as I like I like efficiency and economy and of the opinion that they have to be mutually exclusive.#8221;

feel: Equipped for whatever throws your way

The elbow and the view from the cockpit is

photo #169; Adrian

Hey, they just may thought of it all. From the power-adjustable driver#8217;s seat and dual zone climate to the third row seating that travelers a notch higher the second row for improved visibility and Nissan has upped the ante on perhaps just first-rate comfort. And talk about

Christine#8217;s organizational guru into full gear she discovered more storage in this vehicle than any she ever laid eyes#8212;or Of course, load #8216;er up kids and those nifty fold-outs and fold-downs are sure to be with more than and maps. And that#8217;s not even the 14 cupholders and four 12-volt outlets.

If there was ever a that screamed emergency Armada is its name. With A-1

Yep, there#8217;s nothing looking out at the world when navigating from the all-powerful, seat of Armada control. down the second and third and load up 97.1 cubic of cargo or just the week’s And that 11-speaker Bose system was just the icing on the to make the miles easier.

Fuel-ability: Just plain

There is nothing shy about the The big V-8 lays down the power and with an authoritative #8220;the here if ya need it#8221; And the exhaust note?

At idle the of the engine is barely perceptible, but the throttle and the deep rumble no doubt about the engine#8217;s colors: #8220;work me, work me it says.

Our Armada was equipped the dual-fuel (E85/gasoline) Endurance V-8 that#8217;s built with advanced features: the light-weight block is lined with iron cylinder sleeves for and micropolished dual overhead operate 32 valves (4/cylinder) for breathing efficiency.

And just to all the parts rotate and slide the steel crankshaft is microfinished and the are coated with friction graphite. And even the transmission a dose of efficiency enhancement. churns through a 5-speed that tops out in a .834:1 but we#8217;d honestly like to see bumped to .75 or even .70 for better economy.

Kudos, though, for a refined converter that reduces and returns better engagement and economy.

Nissan Armada

Another first-rate was the automatic AWD control system. In our vehicles that use full-time AWD fuel. In most driving 2WD is sufficient and the engine is not labored overcoming the friction and weight of the rotating mass of clutches and within the transfer case.

Nissan#8217;s automatic system, AWD only when needed.

The Easy on the atmosphere, hard on the

The only visible sign of the of the flex-fuel status is a little sticker affixed to the inside of the door.

photo #169; Adrian

As with most FFVs, numbers drop with E85 as the We clocked 15.1 mpg on gasoline, but dropped disappointingly to 12.2 mpg on Part of this drop is by the lower energy content of and part of it is caused by the compromise a flex-fuel engine makes to be to burn both gasoline and

Injector pulse width long the injector sprays is increased to make up for the power incurred by ethanol#8212;and that more fuel. It has been our that larger engines more of a fuel economy on E85 than do smaller engines, so the big V-8 doesn#8217;t help. However, E85 is often 50 cents/gallon cheaper gas, it pinches less.

All of Nissan#8217;s efforts to #8220;engineer efficiency notwithstanding, the Armada#8217;s economy is disappointing. Yes, a big, heavy (5600 vehicle, yet we can#8217;t help but that the engineers left fuel economy on the table. V-8s are prime candidates for deactivation (shutting down the engine at low load).

Once and instituted into the manufacturing the cost of this technology is low and it can return fuel savings of 8 to 12

According to fueleconomy.gov, 15,000 per year on E85 will equate to 8.0 barrels of crude annually#8212;compared to barrels for a conventionally fueled Likewise, greenhouse gas emissions for E85 tally up to 11.1 tons/year, the regular Armada will out a higher 13.1 tons/year.

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