The 2009 Dodge Nitro is midsize SUV with 4-doors and room for 5 passengers. Changes in 2009 include stiffer rear-axle shafts and suspension for improved handling. New 2009 Dodge Nitro standard features include floor mats, auto-unlock when exiting and a rear dome light. The SLT and R/T trims now have remote-express-open front windows. The base engine is a 3.7L V6 attached to a 4-speed automatic. A power 6-way driver's seat is standard as are an AM/FM/CD/satellite radio with 1-year SIRIUS radio service, steering wheel mounted audio controls, 17-inch aluminum wheels and a front-passenger fold-flat forward seat. The V6 produces 260 hp and gas mileage is rated at 16 city/22 hwy. The optional 4.0L V6 produces the same 260 hp, but it is mated to a 5-speed AutoStick transmission, which delivers a better balance of fuel economy, torque management and overall shift responsiveness. The 4.0L V6 is the standard engine on the Dodge Nitro R/T. The 2009 Dodge Nitro is a safe vehicle thanks to standard electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes.Read more Read less
In its third model year, the 2009 Dodge Nitro remains basically the same as the 2008 models. A minor change, the Nitro is available in only two models: SE (replacing 2008's SXT model) and SLT. The sporty R/T is now considered an upgrade package for the SLT. A four-speed automatic transmission is now standard for the SE and SLT models and a five-speed automatic is standard with the R/T; no manual transmissions will be available for 2009. All models have revised suspension tuning and improved braking systems.
Strong, aggressive exterior design; functional interior cargo space; lifetime warranty on improved powertrain; high safety ratings
The Dodge Nitro is categorized as a mid-sized SUV and not as a crossover (sedan/SUV), yet its bold look and style is comparable to a Hummer and other truck-based vehicles. For buyers looking for an SUV that's an affordable workhorse, the Dodge Nitro has the overall strength and cargo room of larger vehicles yet has a price comparable to a small or midsize sedan.
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