2011 Dodge Nitro: High on Image Page 2

April 25, 2011

There are no cupholders in the doors but two central ones for the front seat occupants and two in the rear.  There's a single seat pocket.  The rear seats are quite upright.  To release the rear seats for cargo carrying, simply pull a loop.  That increases the cargo hold from 29.3 cubic feet to a maximum of 75.6 cubes.  

Running boards make the climb in and out a lot easier (particularly for my Chihuahua who loves to jump into cars).  I like the rear, reachable hatch but wonder why there's no fuel or hatch release for the driver and no hatch cover on this vehicle.  

In sum, the 2011 Dodge Nitro Shock 4X4 has the brawny, retro looks that humbly request you to "bite me" and good towing capabilities.  It acquits itself fairly well on windy roads, despite vague and somewhat heavy steering, but the lousy mileage in a time when fuel ranges as high as $5/gallon (at least it accepts regular fuel) and tepid acceleration in a truck-like package make the Nitro less than ultimately fulfilling.

Images and words © 2011 Anne Proffit

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