2010 Dodge Nitro | new car review

Posted on Jun 6, 2010 by
2010 Dodge Nitro

2010 Nitro

The Nitro is Dodge’s first and is aimed more for urban use on the tarmac than for off-road excursions.

The five-seater Nitro shares its platform with the Jeep Liberty. Launched in 2007, Dodge aimed to compete with the mid-size SUVs and crossovers like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Mitsubishi Outlander etc but sales of the Nitro never really took off in the region. As a result the Nitro continues as a 2009 model through 2010.

It is available in two trim versions – SX and RT – and buyers get a choice between two V6 engines. The SX comes with a 210bhp, 3.7-litre V6 engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. The RT features a mightier 260bhp, 4.0-litre V6 motor mated to a more refined five-speed automatic transmission. Both models come with standard rear-wheel drive or optional part time four-wheel drive.

Equipment includes climate control, power windows & mirrors, remote central locking, power driver’s seat, cruise control, compass and exterior temperature display and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Nitro’s interior has decent amounts of legroom and shoulder room both at the front and the rear but suffers from a dated layout and subpar materials. The large cargo bay can be accessed via a useful “Load N Go’ retractable floor which comes out for easy loading.

Safety kit includes dual front airbags, side curtain airbags, traction and stability control with rollover mitigation, brake assist and a tire pressure monitoring system. The Nitro comes with a MP3/CD audio system as standard while a touch screen infotainment system with a 20GB hard drive is optional.

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