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2011 Dodge Nitro

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2011 Dodge Nitro Review

An attractive and useable vehicle by all standards.

Reviewed by Automotive on


The 2011 Dodge Nitro serves as a high-end sport utility vehicle (SUV) that stands tall in the midst of other vehicles of its class with its impressive engine power and exterior features.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.7-liter V-6, 4.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Nitro Heat Sport Utility, Dodge Nitro Detonator Sport Utility, Dodge Nitro Shock Sport Utility

What's New

The 2011 Dodge Nitro offers a new 4.0-liter V-6 engine. Other new features concern the aesthetics of the vehicle, such as new seat materials and deeply tinted glass. Techno lovers also appreciate the added upgrade of Bluetooth connectivity.


In the looks department, the 2011 Dodge Nitro catches the eyes of machine lovers. It stands with an impressive 8.1 inches of ground clearance and measures 73.1 inches wide, 70.5 inches tall, and 178.9 inches long. The wheelbase measures 108.8 inches, and with all the seats in place the cargo room totals 29.3 cubic feet. This grows to a reasonable 75.6 cubic feet at the maximum.

The maximum towing capacity reaches 5000 pounds when properly fitted with implements to enable the towing, and it has a 0.38 cd drag coefficient. The beauty of this vehicle gets enhanced greatly by all-season tires P245-50R20 tires on 20-inch painted aluminum wheels with chrome-covered wheel covers, while the power sunroof adds to its style.

A rear window defogger and wiper and variable intermittent wipers cater to all-weather driving. The hauling of equipment with the 2011 Dodge Nitro is made easier by the provision of a roof rack, and when drivers want privacy, it can be instantly simulated using the privacy glass.


The interior of the 2011 Dodge Nitro feels roomy with front headroom totaling 40.6 inches and front legroom measuring 40.8 inches in the bucket front seats. The rear headroom also provides good space with 40.8 inches and rear legroom reaches 37.7 inches with reclining seats.

The power utilities include power mirrors, heated mirrors, power steering, remote power locks, and one-touch power windows. Dodge offers a lot of storage in the Nitro models with the front console, front and rear cup holders, front and rear door pockets, with front seatback storage. The vehicle focuses on comfort and comes fitted with air-conditioning and front and rear reading lights.

Performance & Handling

The Heat Sport Utility 2011 Dodge Nitro contains a 3.7-liter, 210-hp, V-6 engine that produces 235 lb-ft of torque. The engine uses 12 valves and a single overhead cam (SOHC). It pairs with a four-speed automatic transmission and rear drive, which makes it a tricky one for slippery terrain.

The suspension features of the 2011 Dodge Nitro include front and rear stabilizer bars, a front independent suspension, short and long arm front suspension, and a solid live axle rear suspension.


Technology for braking and traction feels well integrated in the 2011 Dodge Nitro with the four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS), emergency braking assist, stability control, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, an engine immobilizer, and ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes.

Child safety is taken care of with rear-door child safety locks and child seat anchors. The Nitro also uses occupant-sensing deactivation for the passenger airbag to protect a child, small-bodied adults, and teenagers from possible airbag injuries. The headrests adjust in the front and come fitted with the passenger head restraint whiplash protection system.

Standard safety features in the 2011 Dodge Nitro include front and rear head airbags, as well as side airbags to protect all occupants from side impacts. The vehicle also comes fitted with front fog lights to enhance visibility in fog and sometimes for night driving, especially when it rains.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Nitro: 16/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • SiriusĀ® Satellite Radio
  • Auxiliary MP3 audio input
  • 12 Months of satellite radio service included

You Won't Like

  • Drives more like a truck
  • Poor gas mileage
  • Weak acceleration

Sum Up

An attractive and useable vehicle by all standards.

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