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2009 Dodge Nitro Review

The luxurious interior with a peaceful and safe ride.

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Overview

The 2009 Dodge Nitro comes equipped with minor changes from the previous Dodge Nitro versions. Though the model remains very similar to an average-sized SUV, the boxy structure and an elevated seating facility for the passengers distinguish the vehicle from a regular midsize SUV.

The Range

Body styles: SUV
Engines: four-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Nitro SLT, Dodge Nitro R/T

What's New

Keeping customer feedback in mind, the 2009 Dodge Nitro has been launched with more powerful brakes and a retuned suspension. In addition, the 2009 Dodge Nitro comes equipped with an automatic transmission for all trims, instead of the six-speed manual transmission in the previous versions.

Exterior

The boxy structure of the vehicle renders a sporty look to this average-sized SUV. However, it appears more like a child’s Tonka truck toy, with low-grade plastic trimming in the cabins. The 16-inch steel wheels are classy and considered best for towing activity. The wide wheels also provide good suspension tuning. You can get some of the extended features in the SUV through the sun and wheel package, which includes a sunroof and chrome wheels.

Interior

The 2009 Dodge Nitro accommodates as many as five passengers. The elevated seating space distinguishes it from a regular SUV. Other attractive features include accessories, a CD stereo, and satellite radio. Moreover, you can also make various modifications to the SUV, including upgrading to your audio to surround sound. The vehicle offers a luxurious interior, with leather-coated steering and a powerful driving seat, which adds more charisma to the vehicle and makes it look more spacious.

Performance & Handling

The Dodge Nitro contains a four-liter V-6 engine, which pairs with a five-speed automatic transmission. As for the performance, the data released by the company reveal that the new 2009 Dodge Nitro can go from zero to 60 mph in just 7.7 seconds. The model includes various qualities ideal for street driving, such as tire structuring and tuning efficiency. The 2009 Dodge Nitro offers the best towing performance, since it better suits the pavement than the mud.

Safety

Keeping the high rate of road accidents in mind, the manufacturer has tried to incorporate numerous safety measures into the new model. Auto disc brakes and full side curtain air bags comprise some of the advanced safety measures in the vehicle. In crash tests, the Nitro receives five out of five stars when it comes to safety. Tracking control and stability control provide other powerful safety features in the vehicle, and well-designed child locks make this a family-friendly vehicle.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Nitro: 15/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Excellent towing capacity
  • Good performance
  • Many safety features

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Cheap, hard plastics in the cabin
  • Oddly designed steering wheel controls

Sum Up

The luxurious interior with a peaceful and safe ride.

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