Tuesday, August 24, 2010
2010 Dodge Nitro Review
The 2010 Dodge Nitro Affordable Compact SUVs. The Dodge Nitro stands out for its aggressive styling, class-leading 5,000-pound towing capacity and functional cargo space but it ultimately can't match the performance or interior quality of its competitors.
The Nitro's price is about average for the class.
The Dodge Nitro comes in two trims -- the base SXT and the SLT. There's speculation that Dodge may discontinue the Nitro after the 2010 model.
"The...Dodge Nitro R/T 4X4 shovels a good cabin tech package into a vehicle that delivers mediocre performance and economy." -- Automobile Magazine
In the past, test drivers have complained about the Dodge Nitro's rough ride and handling. A huge plus is the Nitro's 5,000-pound towing capacity, which bests every one of its competitors.
When it comes to quality, the "Dodge Nitro's interior" is viewed by most as just adequate.
Almost all of the safety features on the Dodge Nitro come as standard equipment. The 2010 Nitro does well in most federal government crash tests, but falls short in insurance industry testing.
The Detonator and Shock trim features a more powerful 260-hp 4.0-liter V6 engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. Nitro's Heat trim offers standard amenities such as power mirrors, windows and door locks with remote keyless entry, satellite radio, air conditioning and seating for five. The Shock adds heated front seat, leather trim interior, and power sunroof. Standard safety features include: front airbags, side curtain airbags, active head restraints, traction and stability control with roll-over mitigation, brake assist, and a tire-pressure monitor.
For 2010, the Dodge Nitro has three new model designations: Heat, Detonator, and Shock.