A new model for Dodge last year, the Nitro is a mid-size, five-passenger, four-door SUV with macho styling cues. Standard features include a fold-flat, first-row passenger seat and second-row seats with a variety of loading options. The available Load 'n Go cargo floor slides 18 inches rearward to facilitate loading and unloading and holds up to 400 pounds.
The Nitro comes in SXT, SLT, and high-performance R/T trim levels. The standard engine is a 210-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6, with a 260-horsepower 4.0-liter V-6 the step-up option. The 3.7-liter engine comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission; a five-speed automatic is optional. Nitros with the 4.0-liter engine get a five-speed automatic. The Nitro can be ordered in rear-, full-time four-wheel- or part-time four-wheel-drive configurations.
Air conditioning, traction, and stability control are standard equipment. Wheel sizes range from 16 inches on the standard model to available 20-inch rims on the SLT and R/T.
For 2008, a new body kit is available on SXT Nitros. It includes a body-color fascia, flares, and bodyside molding. Three new exterior colors are offered, and two-tone seats are in the mix as well. A new Trailer Sway Control system and a rear park assist are now offered.
Optional equipment includes heated leather seats, MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System with AM/FM stereo with CD/DVD/MP3, a full-screen, touch-screen DVD navigation system, and Sirius satellite radio.
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