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in 2009 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $10,745 - $14,493
Original MSRP: $22,240 - $26,220
MPG: 16 City / 22 Hwy
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2009 Dodge Nitro Interior

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The 2009 Dodge Nitro's interior stands out for its functionality, but doesn't measure up to rivals in quality.

  • "Though the interior offers no real surprises in the design department, that's just as well, as 'surprises' are more often concessions to the female in the household and come designed to match. No, the Nitro simply offers an ergonomic dashboard and pretty much all the equipment you'd expect at its price point." -- Car and Driver
  • "We were impressed with the usability of the Nitro's interior. Its radio and heating/ventilation controls are all logical and easy to use, with large knobs, which we prefer over buttons. There's an MP3 input exactly where it belongs -- on the front of the stereo on our tester." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior styling is in line with that of recent Dodge vehicles and includes a perceptible amount of average-grade plastics." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The interior of the Nitro is sporty, with heavily bolstered seats and a two-tone color scheme available on the top-of-the-line Nitro R/T, but it is also comfortable with plenty of cubbies and bins for storing all of your stuff." -- Four Wheeler

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Seating

Though it's classified as a compact SUV, the Nitro's size puts it in between both the compact and midsize SUV classes. There's plenty of space in the front seat, but the rear seat is a tighter fit.

  • "The Nitro's front seats are comfortable (read: soft) and provide an upright driving position (which we like), but feel a little bit like they're inflatable until you adjust to sitting on them rather than in them. Rear-seat legroom is sufficient for adults." -- Edmunds
  • "What's a little surprising is that, despite 4 inches more than Liberty, Nitro's second-row seats don't have a lot of wiggle room. Good comfort up front, good stowage capacity in back, but none of those 4 inches was devoted to the comfort of those in the rear seat." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "The leather-trimmed bucket seats are surprisingly soft; you sink into them rather than sit on top. The upper section of the backrests hit my shoulder blades uncomfortably, but otherwise the Nitro's front seats are easy to live with. More annoying are the impossibly small front footwells and the lack of a footrest for the driver's left foot." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

The Nitro is modestly equipped. Notable standard features for the base model include air conditioning, reclining cloth seats, black dash trim and an auxiliary audio jack for an iPod.

  • "Inside, the Nitro has a somewhat industrial feel, though faux aluminum accents brighten the place up a bit. Materials quality is average for this class, though a few plastics stand out as unacceptably low-grade." -- Edmunds

Cargo

Though the 2009 Dodge Nitro's cargo area isn't unusually large, most reviewers are still impressed with its innovative functionality.

  • "I especially like the slide-out tray in the tested Nitro R/T's cargo bay. Using it relieves the strain of lifting heavy packages and wrestling them into place behind the rear seats. Simply pull the tray forward, lift your goods, put them on the tray, and shove it and your packages neatly into place. Bingo!" -- The Washington Post
  • "For easier loading and unloading, the Nitro is available with a cargo floor that slides out 18 inches over the rear bumper and can hold up to 400 pounds. Beneath it is a four-inch deep storage bin good for storing jumper cables or hiding a laptop." -- Kelley Blue Book

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