Car News - 2004 Nissan Pathfinder Armada

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    Grapple & Board: Nissan aims its cannons at the big ute market

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    By BOB GRITZINGER
    (18:02:11 Aug. 21, 2003)

    You gotta hand it to these guys from Nissan. One minute they’re hard targeting the top of the full-size truck market with the Titan pickup, the next minute they’ve got the best of the big sport/utes in their sights with the Pathfinder Armada.

    Even the name sounds formidable, and it ought to, considering it is emblazoned on Nissan’s imposing new entry in the dreadnought-class SUV market. Pathfinder Armada represents the second vehicle line set to begin rolling out of Nissan’s shiny new $1.43 billion assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi. Actually, the SUV will beat its sister ship, the Titan, to dealerships by a few months. Titan is due by year-end; Armada arrives this fall.

    Like the Titan, the Armada features a new 5.6-liter aluminum-block 32-valve dohc V8 that cranks out 305 hp at 4900 rpm. In the Armada, however, torque increases to 385 lb-ft at 3600 (up 6 from the Titan), while towing capacity drops by 400 pounds to 9100. Armada also shares the Titan’s rugged boxed steel frame platform, five-speed automatic transmission, rack-and-pinion steering, four-wheel antilock disc brakes and optional electronically controlled full-time four-wheel-drive system. Armada sports many of the Titan’s interior appointments and exterior styling touches, but adds an oddly forward-angled rear roof line that takes some getting used to.

    Aside from the obvious truck/SUV differences, Armada offers that key extra touch—fold-flat third-row seating—that requires a substantial departure from the Titan formula.

    Like the competition (take a peek under the rear of an Expedition, for comparison purposes), to make room to stash the third row, Nissan dispenses with the Titan’s solid rear axle and leaf springs and instead goes with fully independent double wishbones out back. Nissan folks note the arrangement also improves the SUV’s ride and reduces that dreaded suspension-induced “head toss” afflicting drivers of trucks and SUVs. Without track testing, we’ll withhold judgment on the suspension setup, other than to say you’ll never confuse this plus-5000-pound lunker with a sports sedan.

    Pathfinder Armada comes in SE, SE Off-Road and uplevel LE trim, in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive, priced from $35,000 to $45,000.

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    Where are all the Nissan nazis?
     
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    what other large SUV can i buy for that price?
     
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    IB rednecks and their Expeditions and Tahoes.
     
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    Are large SUVs still selling well?
     
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    Made in Mississippi :wtf:
     
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    i like it :eek3:
     
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    Thats the heart of the redneck world. No better place to build a truck.
     
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    Tahoe, Yukon, and Expedition.
     
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    They need to throw that aluminum 32 valve 5.6 liter, in some other stuff.
     
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    I thought Mississippi was a third world country full of black people.:dunno:
     
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    Unpossible. White people rule all of America thus there can't be a place with just black people.
     
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    hmmm, it's kinda ugly but it would grow on me.

    I think I'd own it just to annoy environmentalists. :cool:
     
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    yuo should see the size of the plant

    it's ginormous
     
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    Titan and the QX56 are getting it.
     
  17. Bad Mojo

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    Pretty much any of them with the exception of the H1, H2, Navigator, or Escalade.

    Large SUV's per edmunds.com:

    2004 Cadillac SRX: $38,690 - $48,895

    2004 Chevrolet Suburban: $37,865 - $47,235
    2004 Chevrolet Tahoe: $35,015 - $44,265
    2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer: $30,645 - $34,295
    2004 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT: $30,345 - $34,495

    2004 Ford Excursion: $37,230 - $50,485
    2004 Ford Expedition: $32,735 - $42,230

    2004 GMC Envoy XL: $31,595 - $38,395
    2004 GMC Envoy XUV: $31,890 - $38,715
    2004 GMC Yukon: $35,725 - $50,125
    2004 GMC Yukon XL: $38,775 - $51,775

    2003 Isuzu Ascender: $29,274 - $39,174

    2004 Toyota Sequoia: $32,135 - $44,730
     
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    Yoritomo dad's jar chimer

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    I'm sure they could find a way to shoehorn it into a G35C along with some tuning.

    I for one wouldn't mind seeing a 400+ horsepower G35C (enter comment about the R35 skyline here).
     
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    that thing looks like BUTT
     
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    this is the same people that greenlighted the MURANO? DAMMM... They must have had a brainfart :dunno: :wtf:
     

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