2009 Dodge Nitro

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6 reviews
Available Price Range $6,472-$14,916 Trims4 Combined MPG 18-19 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2009 Dodge Nitro

Our Take

The Nitro, which is related to the Jeep Liberty, features Dodge's distinctive crosshair grille and comes in base SE, midlevel SLT and high-performance R/T versions. Nitro competitors include t... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Trucklike ride quality
  • Small front footwells
  • Rear seats can't slide forward and back
  • Uncomfortable front seatbacks (leather seats)

Notable Features

  • Side curtain airbags
  • Standard stability system
  • No manual transmission option
  • Optional Load 'N Go sliding cargo floor
  • Optional 20-inch chrome wheels
  • Optional navigation system can reroute to avoid traffic


Our Expert Reviews

The Dodge Nitro is an endangered species. You might be thinking that's because it's a Dodge or because it's a Nitro, but it's on the endangered list mainly because it's a truck-based SUV. Even before the gas-price spikes and economic meltdown of 2008, buyers had been migrating toward car-based SUVs, or crossovers, another species under the SUV genus that mutated out of ... Read Full Review

Consumer Reviews

4.7 out of 5

Based on 6 reviews

pleasure vehicle for personal use

by jake the snake from kansas city on January 25, 2013

I think they did an excellent job all the way around. What more can I say??? a++++++ Thank you so much

4 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2009 Dodge Nitro.

Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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