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Dodge Nitro

The Dodge Nitro is an American midsize SUV that was sold in Australia from 2008 to 2012.

Designed to mimic an SUV ‘hot rod’, the unmistakable Dodge Nitro featured a large faux-chrome grill, big alloy wheels, and pronounced wheel arches.

Two engines were offered during the Nitro’s run: a 130kW 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, and a 151kW 3.7-litre petrol V6 working in tandem with a four-speed automatic.

The diesel-powered variant was dropped in 2010.

All models and variants were fitted with a selectable four-wheel drive system that remained in two-wheel drive unless manually engaged.

Prices for the Nitro range from $9,500 to $14,740 for the Nitro SX and Nitro SXT variants, respectively.

Dodge Nitro Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Dodge Nitro here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Is the Dodge Nitro rear wheel drive or 4 wheel drive?

    The Dodge Nitro compact SUV was available in both rear wheel drive and 4 wheel drive. Most Dodge Nitro models sold in Australia were 4x4s.

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  • How to unlock a Dodge Nitro without a key?

    If you've locked your keys in your car, or lost them all together, then you are going to need to get a little creative to get back into your car. In the old days you could probably have used a ruler and some wire to pop the door lock on your car, then hotwired it and driven it away. However, vehicles built in the last 40 years (like the Dodge Nitro SUV) aren't so simple and require the professional help of a locksmith to get into. A locksmith will be able to open your car door, though if you have lost your keys completely you may still need to have the car taken to your mechanic to have the locks replaced and the new keys coded to the car's computer.

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  • How much can a Dodge Nitro tow?

    The Dodge Nitro can tow up to 2270kg of braked trailer, or 750kg of unbraked trailer.

     

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  • Are Dodge Nitros good and reliable cars?

    In short, no. They have a horrible history for sub-par engineering that ends up causing huge reliability issues.There are dozens of other 4WDs you can buy that are much better.

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Dodge Nitro Towing Capacity

The Dodge Nitro has maximum towing capacity of 2270kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2012 SUV 2270kg 2270kg
2011 SUV 2270kg 2270kg
2010 SUV 2270kg 2270kg
2009 SUV 2270kg 2270kg
2008 SUV 2270kg 2270kg
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Dodge Nitro Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Dodge Nitro varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $9,500 and going to $14,740 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2012 SUV 3.7L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO $9,500 $14,740
2011 SUV 3.7L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO $8,200 $12,870
2010 SUV 3.7L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO $6,000 $14,630
2009 SUV 3.7L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO $5,300 $13,420
2008 SUV 3.7L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO $4,100 $9,900
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Dodge Nitro Dimensions

The dimensions of the Dodge Nitro SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2012 SUV 1755x1856x4584 mm 210 mm
2011 SUV 1755x1856x4584 mm 210 mm
2010 SUV 1755x1856x4584 mm 210 mm
2009 SUV 1755x1856x4584 mm 210 mm
2008 SUV 1755x1856x4584 mm 210 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Dodge Nitro Dimensions

Dodge Nitro Wheel Size

The Dodge Nitro has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 245x20 R20 for SUV in 2012 with a wheel size that spans from 20x7.5 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2012 SUV 245x20 R20 20x7.5 inches 245x20 R20 20x7.5 inches
2011 SUV 245x20 R20 20x7.5 inches 245x20 R20 20x7.5 inches
2010 SUV 245x20 R20 20x7.5 inches 245x20 R20 20x7.5 inches
2009 SUV 245x20 R20 20x7.5 inches 245x20 R20 20x7.5 inches
2008 SUV 235x70 R16 16x6.5 inches 235x70 R16 16x6.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Dodge Nitro Wheel Sizes

Dodge Nitro Fuel Consumption

The Dodge Nitro is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by ULP and Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 12.1L/100km for SUV /ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2012 SUV 12.1L/100km 3.7L ULP 4 SP AUTO
2011 SUV 12.1L/100km 3.7L ULP 4 SP AUTO
2010 SUV 9.4L/100km 2.8L Diesel 5 SP AUTO
2010 SUV 12.1L/100km 3.7L ULP 4 SP AUTO
2009 SUV 9.4L/100km 2.8L Diesel 5 SP AUTO
2009 SUV 12.1L/100km 3.7L ULP 4 SP AUTO
2008 SUV 9.4L/100km 2.8L Diesel 5 SP AUTO
2008 SUV 12.1L/100km 3.7L ULP 4 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Dodge Nitro Pricing and Specs for 2012