Compare 2008 Dodge Nitro vs 2009 Pontiac Torrent

2008 Dodge Nitro
2009 Pontiac Torrent
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2WD 4-Door SXT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door SXT 18 24 $19,091 $20,320
4WD 4-Door SXT 18 24 $20,627 $21,980
2WD 4-Door R/T 18 24 $22,131 $23,660
2WD 4-Door SLT 18 24 $22,131 $23,660
4WD 4-Door R/T N/A N/A $23,666 $25,320
4WD 4-Door SLT 17 23 $23,666 $25,320
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FWD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door 17 24 $23,454 $24,820
AWD 4-Door 17 24 $25,340 $26,815
FWD 4-Door GXP 17 24 $27,801 $29,420
AWD 4-Door GXP 16 24 $29,687 $31,415
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,091
$23,454
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,320
$24,820
Monthly Payment Estimate
$339 / month
$414 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you judge the 2008 Dodge Nitro's performance based on its looks, you'll be disappointed when you hit the road. While the GXP edition of 2009 Pontiac Torrent is the pick of the line, plenty of other vehicles in the segment are more refined and more modern.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Special Purpose 2WD 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
56.8 51.1
Second Leg Room (in)
37.7 40.2
Front Head Room (in)
40.6 40.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 106.4
Second Hip Room (in)
47.4 51.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.2 55.7
Second Head Room (in)
40.8 40.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.4 55.9
Front Leg Room (in)
40.8 41.2
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.1 71.4
Track Width, Front (in)
61.0 61.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 7.9
Length, Overall (in)
178.9 188.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
69.9 69.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 28.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.0 61.8
Wheelbase (in)
108.8 112.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
32.1 35.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
65.2 68.6
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x 1.1 11.7 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.44 x 0.47 11.9 x 0.8
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.5 20
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.42 3.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.36 19.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.3 41.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Variable pwr
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/75R16 P235/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code
TRY QKG
Front Tire Size
P225/75R16 P235/65R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
TRY QKG
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 525
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 3500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3823 3660
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.3 10.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
3.7L/226 3.4L/204
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 5200 185 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
EFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
235 @ 4000 210 @ 3800
Engine Order Code
EKG LNJ
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 20
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.25 1.95
Trans Type
6 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA w/ manual shift mode
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.06 5.02
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.61 2.98
Trans Order Code
DEH MX0
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.21 2.48
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.72 1.32
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.46 4.58
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Dodge Nitro Pontiac Torrent
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs MacPherson strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Solid Axle Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs 4-link w/coil springs & trailering arm
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5

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