2017 Toyota Sequoia vs Nissan Armada
If you’re looking for a three-row SUV, you’re looking not just for passenger space but also for rugged capacity as well. At the top of your list should be the Japanese imports, the 2017 Toyota Sequoia and 2017 Nissan Armada. Though perhaps not as well known as their American counterparts, these full-sized SUVs are powerful and well-appointed, with room to spare. Which one is the best option for you?
2017 Toyota Sequoia vs Nissan Armada
A big draw to third row SUVs is the interior space. Whether you’re using that space to fill the seating capacity of 8, or if you’re putting those seats down for more cargo room, these full-sized SUVs have you covered. The Nissan Armada has plenty of legroom in the first and second rows with 41.9 and 41.0 inches respectively. It loses quite a bit in the third row though with only 28.4 inches of legroom and 16.5 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third row.
The Sequoia also has a seating capacity of 8 but also delivers in the space those passengers get. The first two rows of the Sequoia are pretty similar with 42.5 and 40.9 inches of legroom. The third row and behind is where the Sequoia takes the category with more than half a foot of extra legroom and 18.1 cubic feet of cargo space. So whether you need the extra space for the adults climbing in the back or for fitting your bikes in the back more easily, the Sequoia has got it.
These large SUVs not only haul people, but they can tow an impressive amount. The Sequoia has a good capacity at 7,400 lbs of max towing. That is plenty for your bass boat and all your gear, without any problems. This capacity paired with trailer sway control and two/haul mode make the Sequoia a good choice.
The Nissan Armada has the Toyota beat in this category though. It boasts a max capacity of 8,500 lbs towing, making it ideal for bigger boats and campers. The Armada handles this level of towing power because of its 5.6 liter, 32 valve Endurance V8 which offers out extra horse power and torque.
We love the tech features that both the Toyota Sequoia and Nissan Armada have, which makes any travel easier and more enjoyable. The Armada has an awesome entertainment system for the back seat passengers with two separate, integrated screens in the headrests of front seats. This system allows passengers to either watch two different DVDs or plug in their own video games. This, along with the integrated navigation system and Sirius XM radio, make the 2017 Armada very tech savvy.
The 2017 Toyota Sequoia has a few extras that the Nissan lacks. The Sequoia matches the Armada’s integrated navigation system, as well as the entertainment system. While the Sequoia doesn’t have two separate screens for the system, the ceiling mounted screen makes it easier to be seen from the spacious back seat so no one gets left out. The Toyota also has an Entune App suite that has some useful and entertaining apps like iHeart Radio, Opentable, MovieTickets.com, Pandora, Destination search, and more. This full smartphone integration is what really puts it ahead in this category.
Probably the best part about buying a brand new car, other than the smell, is the confidence that it will last. Part of the confidence comes from the manufacturer warranty that guarantees your vehicle for 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. The Nissan Armada is no different. If anything goes wrong within those three years, or 36,000 miles, Nissan has you covered. They’ll take care of it, as long as you are doing your part to maintain your vehicle. This warranty coverage is fairly standard for the class.
Toyota goes the extra mile with the Sequoia, offering buyers ToyotaCare in addition to the standard 3 year/36,000 mile warranty. ToyotaCare is a program that pays for your regular maintenance for the first 2 years or 25,000 miles. Regular oil changes and tire rotations are taken care of, and you really can’t beat that level of care.
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Though the Nissan Armada is a solid contender in the race for best large SUV, the Toyota Sequoia clearly wins this head-to-head competition. With a bigger third row and cargo area, more integrated tech features, and an attractive warranty package–in addition to an impressive tow capacity–the 2017 Toyota Sequoia delivers exactly what you need from a three-row SUV.