2009 Dodge Nitro R/T 4x4 sport utility vehicle 5-door automatic

2009 Dodge Nitro R/T 4x4 sport utility vehicle 5-door automatic

The 2009 Nitro is a 4-door, 5-passenger sport-utility, available in 6 trims, ranging from the SE 4X2 to the R/T 4X4.Upon introduction, the SE 4X2 is equipped with a standard 3.7-liter, V6, 210-horsepower engine that achieves 16-mpg in the city and 22-mpg on the highway. A 4-Speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard. The R/T 4X4 is equipped with a standard 4.0-liter, V6, 260-horsepower engine that achieves 16-mpg in the city and 20-mpg on the highway. A 5-Speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard. The 2009 Nitro is a carryover from 2008.

Highs: Range of engines, transmissions, and four-wheel-drive systems; brassy styling; towing and off-road capabilities.
Lows: Fuel economy and nimbleness could be better.

The Nitro shares its platform with the Jeep Liberty. Both use a 3.7-liter V6 engine that returned 16 mpg in our testing. The R/T version features a 260-hp V6 and a firmer suspension. This noisy SUV lacks agility because of pronounced body lean and vague steering. The ride is stiff and snappy and the front end can become buoyant on the highway. The foot wells are extremely narrow. 4WD models have a part-time system that lacks a low range for off reading. Electronic stability control and curtain air bags are standard. Small windows and thick roof pillars limit visibility. Overall, the Nitro is behind the times. Reliability has been much worse than average.

According To KBB Editors'

According to Dodge, the Nitro is the automaker's first midsize SUV. Just like its Durango big brother, however, the 2009 Dodge Nitro straddles a line between two segments, competing on some levels with vehicles from both the compact and midsize SUV categories. It even somewhat threatens to cannibalize sales from the recently introduced Journey, although the Nitro cannot match the Journey's fuel economy or seating capacity numbers. The Nitro's niche in the marketplace is not defined by its measurements, though, but by its bold, unique styling.

Summary:-

  • Auxiliary transmission cooler
  • 3,952 cc 4.0 liters V6 front engine with 93.0 mm bore, 90.8 mm stroke, 9.7 compression ratio, overhead cam and two valves per cylinder EKG
  • Unleaded fuel 87
  • Multi-point injection fuel system
  • 19.5-gallon main unleaded fuel tank 16.2
  • Power: 194 kW, 260 HP SAE @ 6,000 rpm; 265 ft lb, 359 Nm @ 4200 rpm

Engine    

4.0-Liter, 60-Degree V6, 24-Valve SOHC, SEFI Engine; Front/Longitudinal Mounted With Horsepower of 260@6000, Torque of 265@4200, Alloy Block and Alloy Cylinder Heads

Interior

  • Manual Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Radio With 4 Speakers Total; CD player; MP3 Player; Sirius(R) Satellite Radio (Includes 1 Year Of Service, Unavailable In Alaska and Hawaii)
  • Radio Antenna
  • Compass
  • Cruise Control
  • Digital Clock
  • Exterior Temperature Gauge
  • Steering Wheel Mounted Controls for Audio
  • Tachometer
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Vehicle Information Center with Display Screen
  • Front Reading Lights
  • Illuminated Entry
  • Front Dual Reclining Bucket Seats With Driver Adjustable Seat Height, Passenger Folding Seat and Headrests
  • Power Driver Seat Adjusts 6 Ways Total
  • Rear 60/40 Split Folding Reclining Bench Seat with Adjustable Headrests
  • Two-Tone Stain Repel Cloth Seats with Logo
  • 2 Front and 2 Rear; 4 Cupholders Total
  • Cargo Area Tie-Down Rails
  • Coin holder
  • Covered Lower Console Storage Located On Floor
  • Covered Storage Located On Dash
  • Driver Seatback Storage Pocket
  • Exterior Rails
  • Front Dual Door Mounted Storage
  • Glove box
  • Load N Go(TM) Slide out Cargo Floor

Safety   

  • Side Guard Door Beams
  • Front and Rear 3-Point Seatbelts
  • Rear 3-Point Center Seatbelt
  • L A T C H
  • Front and Rear Automatic Locking Retractors
  • Side Head Curtain Airbags
  • Passenger Airbag with Multi-Stage Deployment
  • Passenger Airbag Cutoff Sensor
  • Front Side Airbags
  • Driver Airbag with Multi-Stage Deployment

Transmission   

  • Transmission Oil Cooler
  • Electronic Range Select Manually Interactive Automatic Transmission
  • 5-Speed Electronically Controlled Manually Interactive Adaptive Automatic Transmission with Overdrive
  • Adaptive Automatic Transmission

Exterior

  • 4X4 Badge
  • Body Color Body side Molding
  • Body Color Fascias
  • Body Color Fender Flares
  • Body Color and Chrome Grille
  • Chrome Grille
  • Front Air Dam
  • Front Fog lights
  • Front and Rear Bumpers
  • Metallic Paint (If Selected)
  • RT Badge
  • Twin Halogen Headlights
  • Dual Folding Power Adjustable Heated Exterior Rearview Mirrors
  • Electro chromic Interior Rearview Mirror
  • Front Dual Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
  • Front Dual Sun visors
  • Power Window Lockout/Override
  • Power Windows with Driver One-Touch Up, One-Touch down and Passenger One-Touch Down
  • Rear Privacy Glass
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Rear Window Wiper/Washer
  • Tinted Glass
  • Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
  • 5600-Lb Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

Dimensions:-

Exterior Dimensions

  • Track Front: 61.0
  • Track Rear: 61.0
  • Overall Length (in): 178.9
  • Overall Width (in): 73.1
  • Overall Height (in): 69.9
  • Wheelbase (in): 108.8
  • Curb weight (lbs): 4151

Interior Dimensions   

  • Seating capacity - Standard: five
  • Seating Capacity - Maximum: 5
  • Headroom front (in): 40.6
  • Headroom rear (in): 40.8
  • Hip room front (in): 56.8
  • Hip room rear (in): 47.4
  • Legroom front (in): 40.8
  • Legroom rear (in): 37.7
  • Shoulder room front (in): 57.2
  • Shoulder room rear (in): 56.4

Driving Impressions

Because the 2009 Dodge Nitro looks so good, is versatile and offers a compelling array of interior features, we found ourselves wishing it had been built from scratch. As it is, the Nitro's Jeep Liberty-derived architecture brings compromises in ride and handling, especially when compared to the newer generation of crossover SUVs like the Dodge Journey. Opt for the 260-horsepower V6, five-speed automatic transmission and tighter suspension of the R/T model, though, and it is easier to overlook those shortcomings. In models equipped with the smaller V6 and four-speed automatic, we often found ourselves wishing for either more power or another gear or two.

Available Standard & Optional Equipments Are:-

  • 4.0-liter V6
  • Four-speed automatic transmission
  • AM/FM/CD sound system with an auxiliary input jack
  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows/locks/mirrors
  • Remote keyless entry
  • 115-volt power outlet
  • Rear-window wiper/washer
  • Cloth seats and 16-inch styled-steel wheels
  • Front and front-side airbags
  • An electronic stability control system that includes rollover mitigation
  • 'N Go slide out cargo floor
  • Stain Repel fabric seats
  • A six-way power driver's seat and heated side mirrors
  • Five-speed automatic transmission
  • Performance suspension
  • 20-inch wheels and body color grille
  • Air dam and sill moldings
  • Comprehensive connect gaps navigation
  • Entertainment and communication system (see Favorite Features)
  • A six-disc CD/DVD-Audio sound system
  • Rear-seat DVD entertainment system
  • Premium speakers
  • SIRIUS Satellite Radio
  • Park Sense Rear Park Assist
  • Sunroof
  • Heated leather seating
  • Four-wheel drive
  • 20-inch chrome wheels
  • Remote start
  • Premium cloth seating and an outward-sliding cargo floor

Comparison Between 2009 Dodge Nitro R/T 4x4 sport utility vehicle 5-door automatic Vs Midsize SUVs:-

Basic Results: (vs. midsize SUVs)

  • Retail Price (MSRP): $29,395 (average: $35,617)
  • Fuel Economy (City): 16 mpg. (Average: 15.38 mpg.)
  • Maximum Towing: 5000 lb. (average: 5104.56 lb.)

Standout Results: (vs. midsize SUVs)

  • Power train Warranty: Unlimited months/Unlimited miles (average: 98 months/123,648 miles)
  • Rear Headroom: 40.8 in. (average: 39.27 in.)
  • Front Legroom: 40.8 in. (average: 41.94 in.)
  • Max. Driving Range: 390 miles (average: 450.49 miles)

Colors:-

Exterior Colors   

  • Black, Brilliant Crystal Pearl
  • Blue, Deep Water
  • Silver, Bright Metallic
  • White, Stone
  • Blue, Deep Water
  • Orange, Sunburst Pearl
  • Red, Inferno Crystal Pearl

Interior Colors   

  • Gray, Dark Slate

Specification:-

Standard Engine

  • Engine: 4.0 L V6
  • Cc: 3,952
  • Fuel type: unleaded

Power   

  • Maximum power kW: 194
  • Maximum power hp/PS: 260
  • Rpm for maximum power: 6,000
  • Maximum torque Nm: 359
  • Maximum torque lb ft: 265
  • Rpm for maximum torque: 4,200

Standard Transmission

  • Transmission type: automatic
  • Number of speeds: five
  • Sports or close ratio: No
  • Manual mode (auto only): No

Fuel Economy

  • Urban (L/100km): 13.5
  • Country/highway (L/100km): 9.7
  • Combined (L/100km): 11.8
  • Urban (mpg): 17
  • Country/highway (mpg): 24
  • Combined (mpg): 20

Performance

  • Maximum speed (km/h): No Data
  • Maximum speed (mph): No Data
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h: No Data
  • Acceleration 0-60 mph: No Data

Comfort & Convenience

  • Power windows: Standard
  • Power locks: Standard
  • Cruise control: Standard
  • Sunroof: Optional
  • Navigational systems: Optional
  • Telemetric: Not Available
  • Trip computer: Standard
  • Height adjustable pedals: Not Available
  • Tachometer: Standard
  • Air conditioning: Standard
  • Climate control: Not Available
  • Rear control for climate control: No Data
  • Seating capacity: five

Entertainment

  • Includes radio: Standard
  • Includes cassette: Not Available
  • Includes single CD: Standard
  • CD changer: No Data
  • CD changer capacity: No Data
  • CD player reads MP3: Standard
  • MP3 player: Optional
  • DVD: Optional
  • Video player: No Data

Safety Features

  • Electronic traction control: Standard
  • Stability control: Standard
  • Collision warning system: Not Available
  • First aid kit: No Data
  • Low tire pressure indicator: Standard

Airbags   

  • Driver: Standard
  • Passenger: Standard
  • Occupant sensors: Standard
  • Side airbag: Not Available

Brakes & Traction   

  • ABS: Standard
  • Electronic brake distribution: Not Available
  • Brake assists system: Standard

Warranties
Warranty: Whole Vehicle   

  • Duration (months): 36
  • Distance (km): 60,000
  • Distance (miles): 37,300

Warranty: Power train   

  • Duration (months): 60
  • Distance (km): 100,000
  • Distance (miles): 62,100

Warranty: Anti-Corrosion   

  • Duration (months): 36
  • Distance (km): Unlimited
  • Distance (miles): Unlimited

Warranty: Paint   

  • Duration (months): No Data
  • Distance (km): No Data
  • Distance (miles): No Data

Warranty: Full Service   

  • Duration (months): No Data
  • Distance (km): No Data
  • Distance (miles): No Data

Warranty: Roadside Assistance   

  • Duration (months): 60
  • Distance (km): 100,000
  • Distance (miles): 62,100
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