|122.9||Max Cargo (cu.ft.)||95.4|
|1,792||Max Payload (lbs)||1,698|
When your travels consist of hauling more passengers and cargo around town, then you’re going to need a large-scale SUV to accommodate everyone and everything on board. At Rick Hendrick Buick GMC Duluth, we prefer the Yukon to get the job done due to its outstandingly spacious interior, loads of power underneath its chiseled hood, and air of extravagance surrounding it. Few full-size SUVs can stand up to the high standards set forth by the Yukon, but there’s one popular SUV that may just deserve to compete in the same ring as this GMC favorite. The Nissan Armada, known for its smooth driving demeanor, flashy looks, and loads of features, is a worthy contender in our comparison, so does it give the Yukon a run for its money? When comparing the 2022 GMC Yukon vs 2022 Nissan Armada, it’s quickly apparent that these two SUVs deliver an awe-inspiring experience to their travelers, but only one wins our vote.
The Yukon underwent its latest redesign for the 2021 model year, and for 2022, you’re able to enjoy even more out of this lively machine. With more tech than ever before, as well as a new infotainment system and more elegant features inside, the Yukon continues to dazzle more drivers with its lineup of desirable components, just waiting to wow you. Like the Yukon, the Armada also went through a redesign last year; however, unlike the Yukon, 2022 models hardly showcase any advancements at all. The only upgrade you’ll be able to enjoy resides in its most expensive trim level in the form of a one-touch power-folding third row. In our comparison between these two full-size SUVs, you’ll quickly realize that they’re not quite on a level playing field.
When you want to enjoy the ultimate upscale ambiance, the 2022 GMC Yukon is one of the most alluring travelers around. Opt for its elegant Denali model to enjoy authentic wood detailing, exclusive stitching, high-end seating materials, and a pivoting wood door in its center console. Refined luxury radiates throughout its expansive cabin, and with four trim levels to choose from, you’re able to get the Yukon you desire. From athletic styling in the off-road-ready AT4 to aluminum accents and perforated leather-appointed seating in its SLT trim, unmatched sophistication makes the Yukon a top pick for the discerning driver. For even more lavish luxury throughout, the Yukon impresses with available heated and ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, and second-row captain’s chairs to make any journey utterly enjoyable.
From the outside, the 2022 Nissan Armada looks sleek and fabulous; however, that’s not entirely the case when you venture inside. Although the Armada is pleasantly spacious, it’s filled with low-end materials throughout its cabin, which severely dates it. Only the top trims get to enjoy all the luxury spoils, including premium leather-appointed seating materials, available second-row captain’s chairs, and more subtle elegance throughout. Unfortunately, its spaciousness doesn’t extend to the back row, as adult passengers have reported feeling a bit cramped. In the end, it’s virtually impossible to compete with GMC when it comes to style and design; the Armada never really had a fair chance.
With a class-leading power-sliding center console, second-row fold-flat seats, and up to 122.9 cu.ft. of cargo space, the GMC Yukon was made to handle anything without compromising on comfort. Plenty of room for all of your passengers, plus loads of storage solutions, make it easy to get cozy inside the cavernous Yukon. Its second-row power-release Fold-and-Tumble bucket seats allow you to access the rear of the vehicle with ease, while available third-row power fold-flat seats increase the Yukon’s ability to stow all of your important belongings. For those who need even more space, opt for the Yukon XL model and enjoy up to 144.7 cu.ft. of cargo space, ideal for families and those frequently traveling with a lot of people and gear.
Much like its style elements, the Nissan Armada has a difficult time keeping up with the Yukon when it comes to cargo and storage. Offering only 92.6 cu.ft. of cargo space, with an ultra-cramped third row, there’s not too much appealing about the overall cabin experience, especially if space is at the top of your list. On the plus side, it does offer configurable seating arrangements, as well as one-touch power-folding third-row seats to help you load up easier for your next adventure. That’s not enough, however, for the Armada to surpass the Yukon in terms of interior design. When you want undeniable style, plus enough space to get comfortable, there’s no competition when the Yukon is involved.
True to GMC form, the 2022 Yukon offers a selection of engines that’s downright compelling. From its ultra-powerful 6.2L V8, wowing drivers with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, to top towing power of 8,400 lbs with its 5.3L V8, you’re in for an outstanding ride in the Yukon. When efficiency is at the top of your list, look no further than its Duramax 3.0L turbo-diesel, which can travel up to 648 miles per tank, getting up to 27 MPG on the highway. Combine your choice of engine with a smooth 10-speed automatic transmission, and get ready to sit back, relax, and revel in the spirit of the drive. If that’s not enough, it also helps to know that its 6.2L V8 can shoot from 0-60 mph in just 6 seconds, which begs the question, is there anything the Yukon can’t do?
You won’t find a lot of choices in the 2022 Nissan Armada inventory, unfortunately. You’re only limited to one engine, which is a 5.6L Endurance V8, offering 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque, enough to tow up to 8,500 lbs. Although it does exhibit favorable power, the Armada isn’t as smooth and responsive on the road as rivals, including the GMC Yukon. This large SUV showcases more truck-like vibes on the road, struggling with handling and ride quality, which is a disappointment for those who prioritize comfort and confidence on the road. Not only that, its fuel efficiency, or lack thereof, is absolutely abysmal, only getting up to 14 MPG in the city and 19 MPG on the highway, so if you’re looking to save at the pump, the Nissan Armada isn’t a good pick.
Easily acclimating to a variety of environments, the GMC Yukon is able to maintain a controlled ride, no matter the terrain. Its 2-speed transfer case provides effortless toggling between two and four-wheel drive to maintain maximum stability on any surface. Perhaps what’s most alluring about the Yukon is its Four-Corner Air Ride Adaptive Suspension, the first in its class. Boasting optimal control and comfort on any roadway, you’ll be in for the most enjoyable ride possible, even if the road beneath your tires gets bumpy. Raising the Yukon up by two inches for enhanced ground clearance, you’ll not only be able to enjoy a more efficient ride, but you’re also able to avoid obstacles easily, which places this SUV miles ahead of its competitors.
In addition, the Yukon offers plenty of off-road elements designed for increased exhilaration and confidence in the wilderness. From a Traction Select System to effectively maintain power and stability in any driving scenario to an available Active Response 4WD System, which prioritizes torque to each wheel for maximum traction, the Yukon has you covered on the road and off. Magnetic Ride Control allows you to take advantage of enhanced suspension, while Hill Start technology provides you with the control you need to navigate steep terrain with assurance.
Despite showcasing so-so handling on the road, off-road, the Armada shines. An intelligent 4x4 system, selectable drive modes, and hill start features allow the Armada to venture out onto the trails, as well as through inclement weather with ease. Although it drives more like a truck, this comes in handy when attempting to navigate the more dangerous terrain. In the end, though, this off-road ride quality isn’t enough to make up for its less desirable on-road ride quality, as well as its utterly atrocious fuel efficiency and only one engine option. Plus, with all of the enhanced performance features found in the Yukon to make its ride airy and enjoyable, there’s no way the Armada can even hold a candle to the Yukon’s stunning performance.
From its class-leading Head-Up Display, which provides important information right at eye level, like speed limit, road incline, safety alerts, and more, to up to 13 available camera views around your vehicle, the tech inside the Yukon is top-of-the-line. One of our favorite features in the Yukon is its brilliant 12-inch Driver Information Center, which provides pertinent vehicle information, as well as access to your phone, navigation, and more, right in front of you on a customizable screen. In addition to epic displays throughout, you’ll also get to enjoy WiFi wireless projection capabilities, rear-seat touchscreens, two Bluetooth headphones, and much more to make any drive more entertaining and connected.
It’s hard to compete with all the features you’re able to choose from in the Yukon, but the Armada does showcase a nice variety of tech features as well. Its 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen is on the bigger side, compared to what’s found in its rivals. In addition, you’ll find plenty of connectivity options to heighten your drive, like navigation, smartphone integration, and more. Available wireless charging, plus WiFi, various USB ports, and a 120-volt AC power outlet make it easy to stay connected and charged up for any type of drive. We wish there were more camera views in the Armada like there are in the Yukon, but all in all, the Armada offers several creature comforts that many drivers desire.