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According to Dodge, the Nitro marked the automaker's first foray into the mid-size SUV segment. Just like its Durango big brother, however, the 2010 Dodge Nitro straddles a line between two segments, competing on some levels with vehicles from both the compact and mid-size SUV categories. It even somewhat threatens to cannibalize sales from the recently introduced Journey, although the Nitro can't match the Journey's fuel economy or seating capacity numbers. The Nitro's niche in the marketplace isn't defined by its measurements, though, but by its bold, unique styling.
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While the 2010 Dodge Nitro derives much of its appeal from its bold exterior styling, it still offers all the versatility of a typical compact/mid-size SUV. Generous rear-seat legroom and a handy slide-out cargo floor help sweeten the deal.
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Compared to its car-based crossover competitors, the Nitro's more truck-like roots involve ride and handling compromises. There is no four-cylinder or diesel engine in the lineup and fuel economy with the two available V6 engines is far from impressive.
What's New for 2010
New standard features include the addition of the Decel Fuel Shut Off system (which improves mileage by cutting fuel during deceleration), front row active head restraints and an air filtration system. SE and SXT trims receive a six-speaker audio system, heated side mirrors and stain resistant seat fabric, while the SXT offers leather seating, a new body-colored grille and front air dam and an express up front passenger window. The R/T trim has been dropped.
Because the 2010 Dodge Nitro looks so good, is versatile and offers a compelling array of interior features, we found ourselves wishing it had been built from scratch. As it is, the Nitro's Jeep Liberty-derived architecture brings compromises in ride and handling, especially when compared to the newer generation of crossover SUVs like the Dodge Journey. Opt for the 260-horsepower V6, five-speed automatic transmission and tighter suspension available on the SXT, though, and it's easier to overlook those shortcomings. In models equipped with the smaller V6 and four-speed automatic, we often found ourselves wishing for either more power or another gear or two.
This optional hard drive-based system includes navigation with real-time traffic information, MP3/WMA music and JPEG image uploading, a high-speed USB 2.0 port, auxiliary audio input, voice recognition, voice message recording and playback and Bluetooth hands-free cell-phone connectivity.
Load 'N Go Cargo Floor
For easier loading and unloading, the Nitro comes with a cargo floor that slides out 18 inches over the rear bumper and can hold up to 400 pounds. Beneath it is a four-inch deep storage bin good for storing jumper cables or hiding a laptop.
The Nitro's most novel interior feature is the available Load 'n Go cargo floor that slides out over the bumper for easier loading and unloading. Other features include reclining rear seatbacks and an available fold-flat passenger seat that makes it easier to haul longer cargo or work on a laptop computer (while parked, of course). The Nitro offers an exceptionally durable and stain-resistant seat fabric dubbed "Stain Repel", or on SXT trim, the option of leather seating. The interior styling is in line with that of recent Dodge vehicles and includes a perceptible amount of average-grade plastics.
Without question, the 2010 Dodge Nitro's calling card is its distinctive, squared-off exterior styling. Included in the design is the familiar Dodge crosshair grille, a clamshell-style hood and decorative side vents. The top-level SXT model is distinguished in part by a body-color grille and available 20-inch chrome wheels, while the base SE touts 16-inch steel wheels and chrome accents on the grille and interior trim.
Notable Standard Equipment
A base Dodge Nitro SE comes equipped with a 3.7-liter V6, four-speed automatic transmission, AM/FM/CD sound system with an auxiliary input jack, air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, remote keyless entry, 115-volt power outlet, rear-window wiper/washer, stain resistant cloth seats, 16-inch styled-steel wheels, Load 'N Go slide out cargo floor and heated side mirrors. Standard safety equipment includes front and front-side airbags, plus an electronic stability control system that includes rollover mitigation. The SXT adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a power driver's seat, overhead console, cruise control, auto-dimming rear view mirror and steering wheel mounted audio controls.
Notable Optional Equipment
The highlight of the Nitro's optional equipment list is the comprehensive Uconnect gps navigation, entertainment and communication system (see Favorite Features). Other key options include a six-disc CD/DVD-Audio sound system, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, premium Infiniti speakers, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, ParkSense Rear Park Assist, sunroof, heated leather seating, four-wheel drive, 20-inch chrome wheels and remote start.
Under the Hood
While most Nitros feature a 3.7-liter V6 matched with a four-speed automatic transmission, the SXT can be equipped with a 4.0-liter V6 and five-speed Auto Stick transmission. Each combination is available in rear- or full-time four-wheel drive. While its nature-loving Jeep Liberty cousin offers a low-range transfer case, the Nitro features an available "performance" suspension. Maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds.
210 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
235 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 (RWD), 15/21 (4WD)
260 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
265 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/21 (RWD), 16/20 (4WD)
The 2010 Dodge Nitro's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts just under $22,500 and can top $35,000 for a fully-equipped SXT model. In the past, our Fair Purchase Prices have reflected real-world selling prices not far below those sticker prices. The bold but off-roading Nissan Xterra starts around $23,000 and, fully loaded, can top $33,000. The Chevrolet Equinox, another oversized compact SUV, also starts at $23,000 and can approach $37,000. As for resale value, we expect the Nitro to be about on par with the Xterra and just below the Equinox.
Dodge Nitro Consumer Reviews
June 18, 2018
Most reliable Vehicle Ive owned in 30 yrs
Bought new SXT in 2008. 3.7, Sun & wheels + trailer tow packages. This truck has been bulletproof. 192,000 miles and Not 1 problem...
December 08, 2015
The best car I have owned so far...#1 of 10
I have over 200K on the same tranny and engine. I am the only owner. Using only premium gas has saved me a lot of heartache and headache...
November 11, 2015
I love my Dodge Nitro
I bought this vehicle new from Thompson Dodge in Dundalk Md, it was comforable ride, I love the design and look of it. Performance its...
July 17, 2015
I love my Nitro
The seats are high enough to see out well. I have really enjoyed owning this vehicle. There is plenty of room and it's very comfortable.
June 24, 2015
Fun to drive/people's heads turn to look
Gas Guzzler!!! I drive nothing but City & get an average of 14mpg IF I'm lucky. Always getting comments from folks about the cool look...
April 29, 2015
best vehicle ever
My first new vehicle purchase...so glad I chose it. I absolutely love it. It will hopefully be the last vehicle I have to buy for a very...
January 15, 2015
my first suv and I liked it a lot
Other then one tire continuously going low on pressure I like this car I felt safe in it. I did change the wide truck tires and a...
January 11, 2015
Feels like a jeep - love it!
Immediately loved driving this Nitro. Strong engine, handles excellent in the snow or ice, ride high (which I like). I get compliments...
December 07, 2014
love my nitro
Searched for awhile for my 2007 Nitro R/T i only wanted a orange one . i found one with 49k miles i love everything about this car . 4.0...
November 06, 2014
Good Road Trip
We drove from south Texas to central PA and back in this vehicle with 5 people in it and all of our stuff. It was very comfortable,...