The Nissan Armada is a larger SUV that has a substantial towing capacity tied to it but trying to find some of the information was hard and vague, for the most part, so I wanted to clarify the information for myself and figured it might come in handy for others as well.
The Nissan Armada was made from 2004-present and did have a pretty consistent towing capacity, with a few changes over the years. I gathered the data for the Armadas and tried to lay it all out in an easy to read format. Hope it helps!
Overview of the Data For the Nissan Armada:
Engine Choices: There was no specific engines that were specified that directly affect the Nissan Armada's towing capacity. In the data below, you will not find any information regarding the engine configurations because it was not a determining factor when it came to towing capacity.
Configurations: There were two different models of Armadas offered over the years, which was a 2WD or 4WD model. The maximum towing capacity didn't seem to be affected by either type of configuration and the towing specs were nearly identical for 2WD and 4WD models, except for Armada's made in 2015.
There was a 800 lb. maximum towing capacity difference for 2WD vs 4WD models made in 2015, according to Nissan's towing chart.
Towing Capacity: The average towing capacity for the Nissan Armadas throughout the years (2004-2019) ranged from 6,500 lbs.-9,100 lbs. There were really two different towing specs listed for the Armadas, a lower range and a higher range and no really a "range" type of figure.
The lower end of the towing capacities (6,500 lbs.) was stated for the Armada's that did not have a towing package installed and the higher end of the spectrum (8,200-9,100 lbs.) was for Armada's that had a tow package installed.
When towing with a Nissan Armada, Nissan requires the use of a weight distributing hitch for trailers weighing over 5,000 lbs. It would be wise to have a braking system too for heavier trailers like that too but doesn't seem to be a requirement.
2017, 2018 & 2019 Nissan Armada Towing Capacity:
All of the Nissan Armadas had the same specs for models made from 2017-2019, as you can see from the graph below.
The maximum towing capacity for Nissan Armadas made from 2017-2019 was set at around 8,500 lbs., with a max. tongue weight of 850 lbs. and a GCWR of 14,450 lbs (2WD) to 14,700 lbs. (4WD).
MAX. TONGUE WEIGHT
Max. Towing Weight.
Note, that there was not a chart/manual for the 2016 year of the Nissan Armada available. I assume this was because of a manufacturing change of some sort.
2004-2015 Nissan Armada Towing Capacity:
The 2003-2015 Nissan Armada's towing specs were pretty similar over the years with some changes to the towing capacity (2015 model year) and the GCWR (2004 model year).
The maximum towing capacity for Nissan Armada's made from 2004-2015 ranged from 6,500 lbs. to 9,100 lbs.
There were actually two different figures and not so much of a range, consisting of a lower towing capacity of 6,500 lbs. for models without a towing package installed and around 9,000 lbs. for models equipped with one.
The Armadas made from 2004-2014 had identical specs, the changes being for 2015 model years that had smaller maximum towing capacity for the 2WD models and the 2004 model years that had a lower GCWR for 2WD and 4WD models.
Max. Towing Weight.
Note: The towing capacity values are calculated assuming a base vehicle with driver and any options required to achieve the rating. Additional passengers, cargo and/or optional equipment will add weight to the vehicle and reduce your vehicle’s maximum towing capacity. Note: Use of a weight-distributing hitch system is recommended when towing over 5,000 lbs.
2015 Armada Towing Chart:
2005-2014 Armada Towing Chart:
2004 Armada Towing Chart:
How Do I Know If I Have A Towing Package Installed?
There was not a specific answer that I could find to this that would lead me to believe that there was a definite "yes or no" answer. There were a lot of speculation online and even people stating that the Nissan Dealerships could not help answer the question either.
I do know that the manual did not state that there were specific upgrades made, like an upgraded radiator, alternator, towing hitch, etc. that you would find on other manufacturer's tow packages.
It seems all I could find is that if you did have a factory installed Nissan tow package on your Armada, then it only consisted of a receiver hitch (frame mounted) and a 7 pin connector.
Here's what I found in one of the Nissan Armada's owner's manuals from 2013 (important parts are highlighted):
Resources For The Nissan Armada:
Below is a list of Nissan's Owner's manuals for the Armada, which is where I gathered my information for the towing specs in this article. They can be extremely helpful when looking up anything towing related, as they have other additional information that may come in handy for some people.
- 2019 Owner's Manual
- 2018 Owner's Manual
- 2017 Owner's Manual
- 2016 Owner's Manual
- 2015 Owner's Manual
- 2014 Owner's Manual
- 2013 Owner's Manual
- 2012 Owner's Manual
- 2011 Owner's Manual
- 2010 Owner's Manual
- 2009 Owner's Manual
- 2008 Owner's Manual
- 2007 Owner's Manual
- 2006 Owner's Manual
- 2005 Owner's Manual
- 2004 Owner's Manual