Despite what you might think, there’s still demand for big, boxy, body-on-frame sport utility vehicles. These extra-roomy mega-transports carry everyone in three of their rows in leg-stretching comfort. Sure they’re a bit thirsty, but with fuel prices well off their previous highs, topping the tank hasn’t been this painless in some time. The new Armada sits on a frame that’s claimed to be less bendable by 20 percent than the previous model. It’s also just slightly shorter, but apparently that won’t affect the big rig’s ability to carry up to eight passengers in an environment that offers “library-like interior noise levels”.
From a design perspective, the Armada has never looked better, with tautly drawn lines, plenty of front and side glass and surprisingly only the bare minimum of front and rear overhang. The powertrain is no slouch either, considering the brawny V-8 puts out a respectable 390 horsepower that’s transmitted to the rear or all four wheels through a seven-speed automatic. It also helps tow up to 8,500 pounds of trailer weight. Three available content-rich trims give assurance that, within reason, all your comfort and safety needs can be fully met.
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