...In performance testing, a rear-drive Nitro with the 4.0-liter engine went from zero to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds while a 4x4 model hit the target speed in 8.2 seconds. Safety: Standard safety equipment includes antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control and side curtain airbags. The stability control includes a trailer sway control feature. Rear parking sensors are standard on the Detonator and Shock. The 2011 Dodge Nitro has not been rated using the government's new, more strenuous 2011 crash-testing procedures. Its 2010 ratings (which aren't comparable to new 2011 tests) were a top...
...The 2011 Dodge Nitro looks like it has been working out—with flared fenders, an aggressive stance and even the addition of some ink to the front hood and fenders of the upper-level trims.
...There are two V-6s and two automatic transmissions offered (a manual transmission is not available). The suspension has an independent design up front and a five-link, solid-axle rear arrangement. Mechanical features include: Standard 210-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 with 235 pounds-feet of torque Optional 260-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 with 265 pounds-feet of torque Standard four-speed automatic transmission Optional five-speed automatic transmission Two- or four-wheel drive available on either engine Trailer tow package with heavy-duty engine cooling, power-steering cooler, receiver hitch and...
...I found acceleration to be OK, but not great from a standstill. It didn't exactly lumber away from the lights like a heavy-duty pickup, but it wasn't a sports car either. And, like I said, passing power was OK. Stopping the Nitro was also middle-of-the-road: I didn't find the brakes to be horrible or great — just middle ground. Mileage is estimated to be 16/22 mpg city/highway for two-wheel-drive Nitros with the 3.7-liter V-6 and 15/21 mpg for four-wheel drive Nitros. Opting for the 4.0-liter gets you 16/21 mpg with two-wheel drive and 16/20 mpg with four-wheel drive. I drove the...