2010 Dodge Nitro | new car review

Posted on Jun 6, 2010 by

The Nitro is ’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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