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2021 Nissan Armada debuts with fresh face, best-in-class tech

The 2021 Nissan Armada has fresh fascia and a large infotainment touch screen.

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Nissan has taken its aging Armada and kicked it up a notch for the new model year. Not only has the 2021 Nissan Armada gotten fresh body styling, but it also has a many more high-tech features.

Nissan will sell the 2021 Armada in S, SV, SL, and Platinum trim levels.

The SUV has gotten a new grille, hood, and front fenders that echo the design of the 2021 Nissan Rogue. Its updated front and rear bumpers and new LED headlights and tail lights help complete the enhanced looks of the model. Nissan will sell the model with the Midnight Edition Package for the first time for this new model year.

2021 Nissan Armada

2021 Nissan Armada

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The Armada continues to be powered by Nissan's thirsty 5.7-liter V8 engine. The powertrain is completed by a seven-speed automatic transmission. Total output is 400 horsepower. A front and rear independent double-wishbone suspension rides underneath the body.

Nissan has enhanced the large SUV's Auto 4WD system, giving it Auto, 4HI, and 4LO models. The system is standard on four-wheel drive Armadas (two-wheel drive is standard). For 2021, Armada gets an integrated trailer brake controller with tow hitch receiver as standard on SV, SL, and Platinum trim levels. Trailer sway control is standard on SL and Platinum grades. Armada has a 8.,500-pound towing capacity.

The interior of the SUV has been significantly upgraded for the new model year. The center stack has been completely redesigned and now features a largest-in-class 12.3-inch infotainment touch screen. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Wi-Fi keep the family connected.

Nissan has opted to let the Armada retain its dated, hard plastic-ridden console and rounded dashboard.

The Armada will go on sale in early 2021. An S grade will be available at a later date. Expect pricing for the 2021 Armada to stick closely to the MSRP of the 2020 model, which starts at $47,500.

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The new Z starts at under $40,000.

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The new Nissan Z is finally here, and the 400-horsepower sports car is hitting the market with a reasonable price. The car starts at just $39,990 before a $1,025 destination charge. That's significantly cheaper than the least expensive Toyota Supra for a car with impressive specs and great style.

2023 Nissan ZThe Z gets a 400-horsepower V6 from Infiniti.Nissan

The 2023 Z comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 400 horsepower. It's paired with either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. That's the enthusiast's dream setup, and it's one of few cars available in the U.S. with a manual gearbox. The body is stiffer and features more reinforcements from prior cars, and the steering system now features electric assistance instead of hydraulics. 18-inch wheels are standard and 19-inchers are available.

When it announced the car, Nissan made a point to talk about its retro-inspired styling and classic proportions. The coupe features a sweeping roofline, a distinct front fascia, and is unmistakeably a Z car, through and through. Inside, the car features a three anlog gauges for a classic look, 12.3-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 9-inch touchscreen display. The cabin looks upscale and tech-forward, with deep bucket seats.

2023 Nissan ZThe 2023 Z lands this summer. Nissan

Nissan says the new Z will go on sale in summer 2022. Pricing starts at $39,990 for the base Sport trim, $49,990 for the mid-range Performance trim, and $52,990 for the limited-edition range-topping Proto Spec trim.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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