2011 Dodge Nitro

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2011 Dodge Nitro
Available in 6 styles:  2011 Dodge Nitro 4dr 4x4 shown
Asking Price Range
$11,973–$21,833
Estimated MPG

15–16 city / 21–22 hwy

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Vehicle Overview

The Nitro, which is related to the Jeep Liberty, features Dodge's distinctive crosshair grille and comes in base Heat, midlevel Detonator and uplevel Shock trim levels. Nitro competitors include the Nissan Xterra and Suzuki Grand Vitara. It seats five in two rows of seats.

The 2011 Dodge Nitro gets new trim levels, new available exterior colors, standard 20-inch wheels for all models and the availability of the larger engine on the base model, among other changes.

Exterior

The Nitro's designers were apparently aiming for a burly image for this SUV, as the wheels, grille, hood and even door handles appear almost one size too large for the rest of the body. Sharp, angular lines give the vehicle a muscular, chiseled look. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 20-inch wheels
  • Standard body-colored bumpers
  • Standard heated mirrors
  • Optional sunroof


Interior

The Nitro seats five in two rows, and brushed-metal-looking plastic accents are used on the gearshift, door handles, climate controls and center console. The fold-flat rear bench is accompanied by a standard fold-flat front passenger seat. The second-row seats also recline for added passenger comfort. Interior features include:

  • Standard floormats and 12-volt power outlet
  • Optional leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Optional hands-free communication system


Under the Hood

Dodge offers a choice of engines and transmissions on the Nitro. There are two V-6s and two automatic transmissions offered (a manual transmission is not available). The suspension has an independent design up front and a five-link, solid-axle rear arrangement. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard 210-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 with 235 pounds-feet of torque
  • Optional 260-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 with 265 pounds-feet of torque
  • Standard four-speed automatic transmission
  • Optional five-speed automatic transmission
  • Two- or four-wheel drive available on either engine
  • Trailer tow package with heavy-duty engine cooling, power-steering cooler, receiver hitch and connector, and full-size spare tire


Safety

Safety features include:

  • Standard multistage front airbags
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard antilock braking system
  • Standard electronic stability system with roll mitigation
  • Optional parking assist that consists of a sonar-based warning system with audible and visual alerts

 


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