The Nitro will have looks going for it, in spades, so it should compete just fine as long as you like that famously aggressive Dodge look. Scheduled to go on sale late in 2006 as a 2007 model, the Nitro is based on the Jeep Liberty.
What it is
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What’s under the hood
What it looks like
What we think
When you can buy it
Engine Horsepower: 210 at 5,200 rpm (3.5L); 255 at 5,800 rpm (4.0L)
Engine Torque: 235 lb.-ft at 4,000 rpm (3.5L); 275 lb.-ft. at 4,000 rpm (4.0L)
Transmission: Six-speed manual (Base); Four-speed automatic (SLT); Five-speed automatic (R/T)
Curb Weight: 3,932 - 4,151 lbs. (est.)
Length: 178.9 inches
Width: 73.1 inches
Wheelbase: 108.8 inches
Height: 69.9 inches
Max. Seating Capacity: Five
Max. Cargo Volume: 66.9 cu.-ft.
Max. Towing Capacity: 2,000 - 5,000 lbs.
Competitors: Acura RDX, Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hummer H3, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jeep Compass, Jeep Liberty, Jeep Patriot, Kia Sorento, Mazda CX-7, Mazda Tribute, Mercury Mariner, Mitsubishi Endeavor, Nissan Murano, Nissan Xterra, Pontiac Torrent, Saturn Vue, Subaru Outback, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota FJ Cruiser, Toyota RAV4.
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