2009 Dodge Nitro midsize SUV that’s as American as apple pie (or the Big Mac)

2009 Dodge Nitro midsize SUV that’s as American as apple pie (or the Big Mac)
Meet the 2009 Dodge Nitro – a bold, forceful five-passenger midsize SUV that’s as American as apple pie (or the Big Mac).

Unlike some of the more svelte car-based SUVs that have come out recently, the Nitro, which is built on the same platform as the Jeep Liberty, looks like a total tough guy.

Its solid, muscular stance and characteristic Dodge aggressive front end give it such a quintessential American look that you half expect it to swagger off into the desert sunset à la John Wayne (and with available four-wheel drive, it just might).

Of course, it’s not only about raw power and brute strength—you need a little flash, too. Eye-catching chrome and brushed-silver accents add a touch of flair to the Nitro’s look. (Think of it as the automotive version of a really snazzy spandex leotard.)

Two engines are available: a 4.0-liter, 260 horsepower V-6 paired with a five-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick, and a 3.7-liter, 210 horsepower V-6 paired with a four-speed automatic.

Everyone knows we Americans love our space, and the Nitro does not disappoint. The inside is big and roomy, and can accommodate five full-sized (or gladiator-sized) adults quite comfortably.

There is also plenty of cargo space, along with convenient features such as an available rear Load 'n Go slide-out cargo floor with cargo tie-downs, a two-sided rear cargo bin (one side is flat, the other side has a 2.5-inch-deep molded cargo tray to help keep smaller items from rolling around), a huge center console that can hold up to 13 DVD cases, a 60/40-split folding rear seat and a fold-flat front passenger seat. It’s well-equipped to store and transport all of your stuff.

A 12-volt rear auxiliary power outlet comes standard, and an additional 115-volt two-prong rear power outlet is also available.

Whether you’re stuck in traffic on the way to work, lost in an unfamiliar neighborhood, or just want to hear some killer tunes to get pumped up for your next gladiator match, the Nitro has you covered.

The available U-connect voice-activated system features a 6.5-inch touch screen, GPS navigation, Bluetooth-enabled hands-free calling, wireless Internet, SIRIUS satellite radio and real-time traffic (one-year subscription included), DVD player, and a 30-gb hard drive where you can upload up to 6,700 songs and photos via the USB port, audio input jack, or CDs.

For serious audiophiles (such as myself), a premium Infinity sound system featuring eight speakers, subwoofer, six-disc CD changer, linear drive magnet technology and a 368-watt DSP amplifier is available.

Safety is always important – that’s why gladiators stretch before competitions.

Featuring design elements such as a high-strength steel safety cage, energy absorbing crumple zones, driver and front-passenger multi-stage air bags and side-curtain air bags, the Nitro received five-star safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in frontal and side crash tests.

Other standard safety features include four-wheel antilock disc brakes with electronic brake assistance, electronic stability control, traction control, remote keyless entry, the LATCH child seat anchor system, and speed-sensitive power door locks.

An electronic rear parking aid, remote engine start and an electronic vehicle information center, with tire pressure monitor, trip computer, and digital compass, are also available.

The Nitro is offered in three trim levels: SE, SLT, and R/T. Each model is available in two- or four-wheel drive.

The entry-level SE has a starting price of $21,940 (plus $745 freight) for two-wheel-drive models and $23,600 for four-wheel drive.

SE models are powered by the 3.7-liter V-6 engine with the four-speed automatic. Standard amenities include air conditioning, power windows/door locks/outside mirrors, AM/FM radio with single-CD and MP3 player, SIRIUS satellite radio (one-year subscription included) and four speakers, fog lamps, and steel wheels.

The midlevel SLT, which starts at $24,260 for two-wheel-drive models and $25,920 for four-wheel drive, is also powered by the 3.7-liter V-6 engine and the four-speed automatic transmission.

SLT models add cruise control, the vehicle information center, a driver’s side window with express up/down feature, a multi-adjustable power driver’s seat, a leather steering wheel with audio controls, a heated exterior mirror, an automatic day/night interior mirror, the Load 'n Go sliding cargo floor with cargo tie-downs, the 115-volt auxiliary power outlet, illuminated vanity mirrors, HomeLink universal garage door opener and alloy wheels.

Powered by the 4.0-liter, 260 horsepower V-6 engine paired with the five-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick, the top-of-the-line R/T starts at $27,435 for two-wheel-drive models and $29,095 for four-wheel-drive models.

Additional amenities include performance-tuned suspension, performance tires, a front air dam, and chrome-clad aluminum wheels. Vibrant, colorful cloth seat inserts, which make the interior really pop, are available on R/T models only.

Estimated fuel economy, using the new EPA methods, are 16 miles per gallon in the city and 22 on the highway for SE and SLT models. R/T models get an estimated 16 city and 21 highways.

plenty of cargo space at 2009 Dodge Nitro midsize SUV
Ref.:

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http://www.star-telegram.com
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