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Selected Style 2WD 4-Door SXT
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Drivetrain

Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door SXT 18 24 $19,091 $20,320
2WD 4-Door SLT 18 24 $22,131 $23,660
4WD 4-Door SXT 18 24 $20,627 $21,980
4WD 4-Door SLT 17 23 $23,666 $25,320
4WD 4-Door R/T N/A N/A $23,666 $25,320
2WD 4-Door R/T 18 24 $22,131 $23,660
FWD 4-Door
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door 17 24 $23,454 $24,820
FWD 4-Door GXP 17 24 $27,801 $29,420
AWD 4-Door 17 24 $25,340 $26,815
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
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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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
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 17 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 24 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Special Purpose 2WD 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.4 55.9
Front Leg Room (in) 40.8 41.2
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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 -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
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 -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.44 x 0.47 11.9 x 0.8
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19.5 20
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Variable pwr
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
Tires
Spare Tire Size Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code TRY QKG
Spare Tire Order Code TBC NA
Rear Tire Size P225/75R16 P235/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code TRY QKG
Front Tire Size P225/75R16 P235/65R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 3500
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3823 3660
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10.3 10.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 160 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 600 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System EFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 235 @ 4000 210 @ 3800
Engine Order Code EKG LNJ
Displacement 3.7L/226 3.4L/204
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 210 @ 5200 185 @ 5200
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 24 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 20
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.84 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.46 4.58
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
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low - NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High - NA
Summary
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name Dodge Nitro Pontiac Torrent
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs 4-link w/coil springs & trailering arm
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 5
 
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