There are many factors to be considered when buying a new car for the family. Apart from listing down a specific model’s quality, performance, and features, the family also needs to balance preferences with their budget. In addition to the initial price they need to pay, they also need to consider the long-term ownership costs of the model they are going to choose.
It’s also important to consider that family cars are used quite differently compared to other types of vehicles. A family car is expected to be a multifunctional vehicle. It’s definitely going to accumulate mileage given that it’s going to be used to drop off and pick up kids from school as well as in other sorts of activities. Oftentimes, it can also serve as a baby-changing facility, a place to sleep, or even as a makeshift dining room (if it’s large enough).
With all that said, don’t let the idea of having a versatile vehicle lull you into being an undiscriminating buyer. Never forget safety should also be one of the most important parts of the equation. In fact, it should be the priority. Each family has different needs. In order to find the balance between functionality, performance, budget, and safety, there might be several things on your checklist you’ve to tick off. However, safety shouldn’t be one of the things the family chooses to forgo.
Choosing the right SUV for the family doesn’t necessarily have to be an overwhelming affair though. Thankfully, many car manufacturers do understand the needs of the average family. If you’re thinking of getting one soon, you need to check out one of Nissan’s newest SUV models, the Armada.
The 2018 Nissan Armada is perfect for families who are looking for a vehicle that will fit their cargo-carrying needs but are not so sure if they want to get bulky truck-like SUVs. Unlike, the previous model, the 2018 Armada doesn’t have a truck-based design. It’s more of an updated version of the Nissan Patrol SUV. Although that in itself sounds appealing, that’s not exactly the real reason why the 2018 Armada does well as a family SUV.
Apart from its huge cargo bay, the Armada is also designed to feature a generous passenger space. It also provides better suspension damping than its 2003 predecessor. It’s also noticeably smoother and body motions are well controlled.
Drivers will also find the vehicle easy to maneuver especially around parking lots (making it perfect for weekly trips to crowded malls) since its steering is lightly weighted and highly responsive. It also has a solid brake performance, which provides drivers with enough confidence while on the road. The vehicle is also quite agile considering its weight.
Although it took a while for Nissan to produce the 6,000-pound second generation Armada, the changes that were made to it proved to be worth the wait. Apart from revamping its looks, the new Armada was also given a more comfortable interior. It was also given its fair share of technological upgrades that have made it comparable to other SUVs in the market such as the Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Tahoe, and the Toyota Sequoia.
Fans of the Infiniti QX80 will notice the Armada’s resemblance to it. Both models feature the same exterior sheet metal that makes both vehicles appear very similar to each other from both the rear and the side. On the front however, the Armada is built with a blockier design that features Nissan’s trademark V-motion grille. Between both vehicles, the Nissan Armada provides consumers with a more affordable option.
It’s ideal for a large or growing family for its luxurious and spacious interior. Besides that, it also boasts of a competent on-road performance that defeats other models in the market such as the Sequoia and the Tahoe. It also comes with a dual-screen entertainment system that’s perfect for trips with children. Finally, the Armada is powered by an impressive 5.6-liter V8 engine.
Overall, the Armada is a great option for anyone who is looking for a large and spacious SUV. It’s a heavy and considerably large vehicle but it’s also agile and easy to maneuver.