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2009 Dodge Nitro 2009 Honda Element 2009 Chevrolet Equinox
     
2WD 4dr SE
  • 2WD 4dr SE
  • 4WD 4dr SE
  • 2WD 4dr SLT
  • 2WD 4dr R/T
  • 4WD 4dr SLT
  • 4WD 4dr R/T
2WD Automatic LX
  • 2WD Automatic LX
  • 4WD Automatic LX
  • 2WD Automatic EX
  • 4WD Manual EX
  • 2WD Manual SC
  • 4WD Automatic EX
  • 2WD Automatic SC
  • 2WD Automatic EX with Navigation
  • 4WD Automatic EX with Navigation
  • 2WD Automatic SC with Navigation
Front-Wheel Drive LS
  • Front-Wheel Drive LS
  • Front-Wheel Drive LT 1LT
  • Front-Wheel Drive LT 2LT
  • All-Wheel Drive LS
  • All-Wheel Drive LT 1LT
  • All-Wheel Drive LT 2LT
  • Front-Wheel Drive LTZ
  • Front-Wheel Drive Sport
  • All-Wheel Drive LTZ
  • All-Wheel Drive Sport

Prices

MSRP $22,240 $20,275 $24,315
Invoice $20,941 $18,878 $22,978
Avg. Paid $10,923 $12,299 $10,801

U.S. News Scores

Overall 6.7 8.1 8.2
Critics' Rating 6.7 8.1 7.5
Performance 6.8 7.6 7.6
Interior 6.9 7.8 8.0
Operating Cost 7.6 8.0 7.7
Safety 7.9 8.8 8.7
Reliability 2.5 4.0 5.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Good towing capacity
  • Standard V6 engine
  • Comfortable ride
  • Practical, easy-to-clean interior
  • Solid safety and reliability scores
  • Outstanding reliability score
  • Powerful engine options
  • Spacious interior and cargo area
Cons
  • Lackluster performance
  • Low safety and reliability scores
  • Low fuel economy for its class
  • Low-grade interior materials
  • Unsupportive seats
  • Not very powerful
  • Some low-rent interior plastics
  • Low fuel economy
  • Below-average safety ratings

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.7L/226 Gas I4 2.4L/144 Gas V6 3.4L/209
MPG 16 City / 22 Hwy 20 City / 25 Hwy 17 City / 24 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door 4 Door 4 Door

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 108.8 101.4 112.5
Length, Overall (in) 178.9 169.9 188.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.1 71.6 71.4
Height, Overall (in) 69.9 70.4 69.3

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Optional Standard Optional
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Running Boards Optional Optional Optional
Rear Spoiler Optional Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3971 3515 3660

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional Standard
Chrome Wheels Optional Standard
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard

Towing

Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Optional Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional
Luggage Rack Optional Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Optional Optional
Rear Floor Mats Standard Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Optional Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Optional
Passenger Vanity Mirror Optional Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Optional
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 4 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) - TBD - 103.6 106.4
Front Head Room (in) 40.6 43.3 40.9
Front Leg Room (in) 40.8 41.0 41.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.2 57.1 55.7
Front Hip Room (in) 56.8 55.0 51.1
Second Head Room (in) 40.8 38.0 40.1
Second Leg Room (in) 37.7 39.1 40.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.4 52.2 55.9
Second Hip Room (in) 47.4 47.6 51.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 65.2 74.6 67.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 32.1 25.1 35.7
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
Cassette Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Standard
Entertainment System Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Leather Seats Standard Standard Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard Standard Standard
Vinyl Seats Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard
Fixed Bench Seat Standard Standard
Split Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights Standard
Daytime Running Lights Optional Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas I4 Gas V6
Displacement 3.7L/226 2.4L/144 3.4L/209
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 210 @ 5200 166 @ 5800 185 @ 5200
Torque (Net @ RPM) 235 @ 4000 161 @ 4000 210 @ 3800
Transmission Automatic Automatic w/OD Automatic
Turning diameter 36.3 34.9 41.8

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 20 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 25 24
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19.5 15.9 20.0

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Independent Control-Link Strut-type
Suspension Type - Rear Live Axle Compact Trailing arm
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Double Wishbone w/Coil Springs

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
4-Speed Automatic Standard
5-Speed Automatic Standard Standard
Manual Standard Standard Standard