2008 Dodge Nitro | new car review

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 by

The 2008 is a mid-size sport utility vehicle distinguished from other SUVs by its squared-off styling. Nitro shares its platform with the new Jeep Cherokee and is shorter than the Durango. The Nitro is a good example of cross sharing within the Chrysler Group and is a virtual Cherokee in disguise, although its off-road prowess is nowhere near the Jeep.

Introduced in 2007, Nitro gets only minor updates in 08. Inside the Hummer-like metal box, a high seating position and good cabin space give a feel of a larger SUV. Dodge has designed the Nitro to be a very versatile and utility oriented SUV with abundant storage spaces all around. The Nitro really rises to the occasion behind the front seat. The Load ‘n Go function quickly and easily flops the 60/40 rear seats and front passenger seat totally flat. With the liftgate raised, the carpeted washable vinyl on the SXT cargo floor slides rearward 18 inches, out over the bumper, saving a loader’s back. Under half of the cargo floor there’s a four-inch-deep compartment that can store things such as jumper cables and tools, or hide a laptop.

The Nitro comes with either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, with a choice of V6 engines. The newer 4.0-litre V6 is better than the old 3.7-litre, with 50 more horsepower. However, the 4.0-litre engine only comes in the top-of-the-line R/T model. A 5-speed auto transmission is available on the R/T as while the SLT offers a 4-speed transmission case. Not surprisingly, the R/T has a more comfortable ride.

A Nitro owner gets many safety features that are usually optional on other vehicles, such as side curtain airbags, an electronic stability program with traction control and brake assist, electronic roll mitigation and a tyre-pressure monitor.

Technical Specifications

Engine                  3.7-litre V6             4.0-litre V6
Power                   205bhp                   255bhp
Torque                  314Nm                    372Nm
Transmission         Auto                       Auto

Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 90000*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

Competition

Kia Sorento
Nissan Xterra
Jeep Cherokee
Toyota Prado
MitsubishiNativa

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