The new Dodge Nitro Range 4X4’s sit their riders tall in the seats and offer them a beautiful view. The Nitro is indeed a big beautiful car, and it is stylish as well. The lines are particularly showy; it has the look of bold attitude that may entice buyers to take it for a spin just to join in the sentiment. Dodge has a winner here that has a price set to place it ahead of others in its class.
The Nitro Range has two choices in the way of engines. There is the 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine that provides the entry level choice. It delivers 210bhp of power that it most definitely needs due to the large size of the Nitro. Still, it can go from 0 to 60mph in 10.3 seconds and get to a top speed of 118mph. The four-speed automatic sometimes struggles with keeping the car running evenly and efficiently, though.
The Nitro’s 2.8-litre diesel engine manages better, and gets fuel economy of 32.8mpg in combined driving. The Nitro’s are not great emissions-busters, emitting from 228-283g/km of CO2. However, the car overall has a good reputation for being environmentally friendly based on a report on the vehicle the Nitro was based on, the Jeep Liberty.
Dodge has presented a 4X4 that is very roadworthy in the short and long term. Nitro’s handling is more than adequate, with its 5-link rear suspension and the independent long and short arm front suspension giving a comfortable ride. Traction control makes the going easier as well. For accident avoidance, it has ABS with brake-assist and Electronic Stability Control to help the driver maintain control of the car in hazardous conditions.
The fact that the view is somewhat obstructed by the thick windscreen pillars is only a minor inconvenience. What buyers will really notice is the excellent styling and the nice equipment. The Nitro has a radio and CD, MP3-compatible stereo with 6 speakers as standard equipment. Its Electronic Vehicle Information Center lays out a buffet of assorted data, including a trip computer, individual tyre pressures, a digital compass, an outside temperature display, and personal display settings.
The Dodge Nitro is set up with power door locks, windows, mirrors, sunroof, and of course power steering. The rear park-assist works on the basis of sound waves, easily guiding the car to a safe position. It also has front multistage and side curtain airbags and crush zones that absorb the energy of crashes to make the Nitro a very safe car.
Buyers looking for a good bargain always seem to find one with Dodge. The Nitro Range has a value price, at less than £23,000. When drivers get a look at the sassy design and the bold sensibility of the Nitro, many will take the time to consider the rest of the package. Those who already know and love their Dodge cars will have the advantage of understanding the company’s commitment to value. The rest of the buyers who purchase the Dodge Nitro will soon be happy to join their ranks.
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