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Highway test of the 2022 Nissan Armada: What is fuel economy really like?


In this video, Publisher Tim Esterdahl does a highway test with the 2022 Nissan Armada Midnight Edition to see how it does compared to the EPA fuel economy numbers. Plus, we look into whether 91 octane or premium fuel really matters for the Nissan Armada.

2022 Nissan Armada: premium fuel recommended

Lately, we’ve seen a lot of fuss about manufacturers’ fuel economy numbers being dependant on premium fuel. The vehicles don’t all require this fuel, but if you want to get the best fuel economy you’d better be ready to fork over the dough.

So, Esterdahl wanted to see how the 2022 Nissan Armada would perform with premium fuel and if he could achieve the advertised numbers.

Buckle up as he and his friend Fred take this 2022 Nissan Armada for a ride.

Design and driving impressions

The Armada hasn’t really changed much in the last couple of years and many people think it’s due for a full refresh. But the Armada is still a good, roomy vehicle for families, it’s capable of a lot more than most drivers will ever ask of it and it’s unique. The Armada doesn’t look like every other large SUV on the market. For some people, that’s a big plus.

This one is a Black Edition which gives the vehicle sharp black accents all around – very sharp against the white exterior.

On the inside, the biggest change for the 2022 Nissan Armada is the center stack with its new infotainment screen. The new wireless phone charger is hidden and in kind of a weird spot just like the 2022 Infiniti QX80 — great for keeping your eyes on the road, but a little awkward to access. Some other notes that Esterdahl makes about the interior are that the cargo space behind the third row is rather small and the third row itself is low and more suited for kids than adults. But he seems to like the second row which is roomy and comfortable.

Esterdahl says that for a vehicle this big with large tires, the 2022 Nissan Armada rides smoothly and quietly. And the vehicle has plenty of power thanks to the 5.6-liter V-8 engine.

Can he beat the EPA numbers?

According to the computer in the vehicle, the Armada got around 19.9 MPG, which is better than the EPA rating of 18 MPG for highway driving.

When he hand calculated at the pump, Esterdahl discovered he’d actually beat not only the EPA but the onboard computer as well with a 20.46-MPG drive.

Maybe premium fuel really is worth it.

What do you think? Let us know after you watch the video below.

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Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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