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Dodge Nitro SXT (2007)

by Chris Bishop,reviewed December 2007

It’s tough to top Dodge on styling. And the top-spec Nitro is the most macho Ram’s head machine - its name, guards, grille and wheels screaming ‘look at me’.

By all means stare, but don’t overlook the compromises. Poor plastics, underwhelming seats and excessive maintenance costs are just the start.

This SUV offends on ergonomics, with its distant handbrake, limited steering adjustment, restricted vision and huge transmission tunnel.

The driving is dismal too. The V6 strains, the four-speed automatic is abrupt and indecisive and fuel economy is poor. Soft suspension produces excessive body roll.

Expect vague and rubbery steering, ordinary cornering balance, excessive noise levels and average braking ability.

Redemption is found in its space, positive practicality and desirable levels of safety and overall equipment. Off-road ability is above average.

The price is competitive too.

Dodge Nitro SXT 2007

For

Looks, equipment, practicality

Against

Gearbox, handling, quality, noise

Car Details

Vehicle make Dodge
Vehicle model Nitro SXT
Vehicle type SUV Under $40,000
Year 2007
Price when new $39 990 MLP
Current price range $ - $
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Engine 3.7-litre V6
Max power 151 kW @ 5200 rpm
Max torque 314 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 10.7 sec
Braking from 80 km/h 25.9m
Economy ADR 12.1 litres / 100km

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.