Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Land Rover LR4 VS 2015 Nissan Armada Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Land Rover LR4

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2015 Nissan Armada

Safety Comparison

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The LR4 offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The Armada doesn't offer a collision warning system.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the LR4. But it costs extra on the Armada.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the LR4’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Armada doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The LR4 HSE/HSE Luxury offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Armada only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The LR4 HSE/HSE Luxury’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Armada doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the LR4 HSE/HSE Luxury’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Armada doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the LR4 uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Armada uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the LR4 and the Armada have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

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The LR4 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Armada’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The LR4’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Armada’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine Comparison

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The LR4’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 23 more horsepower (340 vs. 317) than the Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the LR4 gets better fuel mileage than the Armada 4x4 (15 city/19 hwy vs. 12 city/18 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the LR4’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Armada doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the LR4’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Armada:

LR4

Armada

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

The LR4’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Armada are solid, not vented.

The LR4 stops much shorter than the Armada:

LR4

Armada

70 to 0 MPH

172 feet

196 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The LR4’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Armada SV’s standard 70 series tires. The LR4’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Armada SL/Platinum’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the LR4 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Armada SV.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The front and rear suspension of the LR4 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Armada, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The LR4 HSE handles at .74 G’s, while the Armada SV 4x4 pulls only .70 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The LR4 HSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Armada SL 4x4 (28.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the LR4’s turning circle is 3.2 feet tighter than the Armada’s (37.6 feet vs. 40.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The LR4 is 1 foot, 5.6 inches shorter than the Armada, making the LR4 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction makes the LR4’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles. The Armada doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The LR4 has 2.4 inches more rear headroom, 4.2 inches more third row headroom and 4.1 inches more third row legroom than the Armada.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The power windows standard on both the LR4 and the Armada have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the LR4 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Armada prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The LR4’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Armada’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The LR4 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Armada doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The LR4’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Armada’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the LR4 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Armada doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The LR4 HSE/HSE Luxury has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Armada doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the LR4 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Armada doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the LR4 offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Armada doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the LR4 is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Armada’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the LR4 HSE/HSE Luxury offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Armada doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Optional InControl Apps for the LR4 allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Armada doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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The LR4 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the LR4 will retain 49.18% to 53.24% of its original price after five years, while the Armada only retains 43.77% to 46.58%.

Recommendations Comparison

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The LR4 was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2011 4x4 of the Year. The Armada has never been chosen.

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