Comparison: 2018 Nissan Armada vs 2018 Toyota Sequoia

Comparison: 2018 Nissan Armada vs 2018 Toyota Sequoia

Charlottesville drivers in need of an SUV that can do it all may want to compare models, because not all automakers build their utes for both heavy duty use and everyday cruising.

When comparing the 2018 Nissan Armada to the 2018 Toyota Sequoia, the differences are subtle but real. To find out which full-size SUV suits you best, read on. Then, come visit us for a test drive:

Performance and Towing

Nissan Armada

The 2018 Armada is equipped with an Endurance 5.6-liter DOHC 32-valve V8 engine mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode, churning out 390 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque. It's built with a body-on-frame construction, has 9.1 inches of ground clearance, and comes available with all-wheel drive for true off-road capability.

The Nissan SUV seats up to eight passengers and has more than 171 cubic feet of passenger volume, making it a viable alternative to a minivan, but its towing capacity reveals its roots as a utility vehicle. All models can tow up to 8,500 pounds and come with a Front and Rear Sonar System for safe maneuverability. Plus, you can opt for a seven-pin wiring harness and trailer brake pre-wiring.

Toyota Sequoia

The 2018 Sequoia has a standard 5.7-liter DOHC 32-valve V8 engine, with available Flex Fuel, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain makes 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque, and comes available with all-wheel drive.

The Toyota SUV also has seating for up to eight people, but its towing capacity may leave something to be desired if you've got a boat or professional equipment to haul. Models come standard with a 7,100-pound towing capacity, but some trims can tow up to 7,400 pounds. The Sequoia is also available with a towing hitch receiver and wiring harness with 4/7-pin connector.

Comfort and Convenience

Nissan Armada

The Armada's mechanics make it a utility vehicle, but its features make it suitable for the whole family. Exterior features include LED low-beam headlights with integrated signature, roof rails, heated and power-folding mirrors, auto-dimming mirrors, power sliding glass moonroof, and a power liftgate.

Inside the cabin, you'll enjoy Nissan's latest array of infotainment and navigation features (including NissanConnect), as well as remote engine start, voice recognition, dual-zone automatic climate control, climate-controlled front seating, Intelligent Rear View Mirror, and RearView Monitor. You also have the choice between cloth or leather seating, and have the option for interior leather trim.

Toyota Sequoia

The 2018 Sequoia is also available with LED low-beam headlights, a roof rack, heated and auto-dimming outside mirrors, power moonroof, and power liftgate.

The Toyota SUV also comes with Entune infotainment, three-zone climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, auto-dimming mirrors, and leather or cloth seating. It is not available with remote engine start.

The Armada and Sequoia's main differences lie in their towing and performance specs. Given the similarities between comfort and convenience features, and the Armada's significantly lower starting MSRP, the Nissan SUV has a slight edge on the competition that could be significant to many drivers.

Pricing

Nissan Armada

Starting at $45,600 MSRP

Toyota Sequoia

Starting at $48,300 MSRP