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Dodge Nitro Station Wagon review

2007 - 2009 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 52.5

At a glance

Price new £18,303 - £23,890
Used prices £770 - £3,255
Road tax cost £710 - £735
Insurance group 28 - 29
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 385 - 493 miles
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Available fuel types

Petrol

Diesel

Pros & cons

PROS

Attention-grabbing styling, decent diesel engine, generous equipment levels

CONS

Feels dated, poor quality cabin, vague steering, uncomfortable ride

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Overview

The Dodge Nitro is an imposing 4×4 with chunky all-American styling and plenty of road presence. Unfortunately there’s little else positive. Although the diesel engine is fairly potent, it’s not very economical or refined – and likewise in most other areas the Nitro feels crude. It’s meant to be an alternative to cars like the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento – but they both feel sophisticated by comparison.

An uncomposed ride and cheap-feeling interior complete the unappealing package while the vague steering and excessive body roll in corners mean it doesn’t drive well either.