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2011 Dodge Nitro
2011 Dodge Nitro
Available Price Range $8,248-$18,148 Trims6 Combined MPG 18-19 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2011 Dodge Nitro

Our Take

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 Nit... 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
  • Standard 20-inch wheels
  • Optional navigation system
  • Interior upgrades
  • New exterior paint colors
  • Trim levels reorganized

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in May 2010 about the 2010 Dodge Nitro. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2011, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. I enjoyed the Dodge Nitro the same way I enjoy a bacon double-cheeseburger: I know it's not what I need, I know it's not good for me, ... Read full review for the 2011 Dodge Nitro

Consumer Reviews

4.3

Average based on 23 reviews

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For all seasons and reasons!

by 4wheel'n Family from Corfu, NY on March 13, 2011

My 2011 Dodge Nitro is the coolest vehicle we have ever owned. It is rugged, goes anywhere and draws much praise for its brutish good looks. I like the Tonka Truck reference I read. So true. My Nitro ... Read Full Review

6 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.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2011 Dodge Nitro.


Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

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

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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