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2011 Dodge Nitro

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$5,481 — $15,013 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
18-19 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Tonka-tough styling
  • Strong performance (4.0-liter V-6)
  • Reclining rear seats
  • Competitive towing capacity

The Bad

  • Trucklike ride quality
  • Small front footwells
  • Rear seats can't slide forward and back
  • Uncomfortable front seatbacks (leather seats)
2011 Dodge Nitro exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2011 Dodge Nitro
  • 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

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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 trans...

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

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
41 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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(5.0)

The best car we've ever purchased

by Nitrogang22 from Carlisle PA on January 2, 2019

This car is amazing....it drives and handles great, very comfortable, and it's bigger than our old suv....we are so happy that we got this suv would definitely purchase another one if we need it!!! Read full review

(5.0)

I love this car so much

by Mama Gunz from Heath, Ohio on November 6, 2018

I'm a Mopar girl from way back, but this is above and beyond the best one I have had yet. It's the perfect size for me, and it drives like a dream Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Dodge Nitro currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Dodge Nitro has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Dodge

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Nitro received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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