Fuel economy, agility, ride, high step-in, reliability.
The Armada is a large, truck-based SUV with an independent rear suspension and seating for eight. Power comes from a smooth-revving, punchy, but slightly noisy 5.6-liter V8 engine coupled with a slick five-speed automatic. Fuel economy, at 13 mpg overall, is abysmal. The Armada is quick but not that refined. Handling is relatively responsive, but the ride is quite stiff. Interior quality is so-so and the styling is dated. It is difficult for children to reach the high-mounted exterior rear-door handles. Rear cargo space and towing capacity are generous. Reliability has dropped to much below average.