2011 Dodge Nitro Sport Utility Crossover
Benefits of Driving a 2011 Dodge Nitro Sport Utility Crossover
Styling is a big part of the Nitro's appeal; its boxy body and sturdy truck roots, combined with an aggressive, rather low stance, help it look and perform like few other vehicles on the market. The Nitro marketed as more city-friendly--and, combined with its better-than-average towing ability, a good choice for those who need to live with tight parking spaces yet occasionally want to tow a boat or ATVs out for the weekend. Those who regularly carry large or oddly-shaped pieces of cargo will also appreciate the Nitro's cargo versatility.
What's new for 2011?
Although the Dodge Nitro remains mechanically unchanged, all Nitro models get a series of appearance upgrades for 2011. Large 20-inch wheels are now standard across the entire model line, bringing an even more aggressive appearance. On the inside, seat materials have been upgraded. Nitro 'Shock' models include new leather seats with colored stitching, along with a sunroof and all Nitro models include a monochromatic interior. A new Nitro Heat 4.0 Lifestyle Package is added to the lineup, for 2011, including the more powerful engine, the UConnect Bluetooth phone interface and an upgraded sound system. Across all Nitro models, Bright White Clear Coat, Blackberry Pearl Coat, Toxic Orange and Redline Two Coat Pearl join the lineup of exterior hues.
- Torquey V6 engines
- versatile interior
- truck-like capability in a compact package
The 2011 Dodge Nitro is offered in four different models: Heat, Shock and Detonator. All but the base Heat model include an all-aluminum 260-hp, 4.0L V6 engine, while the Heat starts with a 210-hp, 3.7-liter V6. The base engine gets a 4-speed automatic, while a 5-speed automatic comes with 4.0L models. Both engines include an Interactive Decel Fuel Shut Off (IDFSO), which helps improve fuel economy by completely shutting off the fuel injectors at times when decelerating. EPA fuel economy estimates run as high as 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway when equipped with the 3.7-liter and rear-wheel drive.