Compare Dodge Nitro vs. Toyota FJ Cruiser vs. Kia Sportage

Compare the Dodge Nitro against the Toyota FJ Cruiser and Kia Sportage. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Nitro, FJ Cruiser and Sportage stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new Nitro, FJ Cruiser and Sportage. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2011 Dodge Nitro 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser 2011 Kia Sportage
2011 Dodge Nitro 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser 2011 Kia Sportage
2WD 4dr Heat
  • 2WD 4dr Heat
  • 4WD 4dr Heat
  • 2WD 4dr Detonator *Ltd Avail*
  • 2WD 4dr Shock *Ltd Avail*
  • 4WD 4dr Detonator *Ltd Avail*
  • 4WD 4dr Shock *Ltd Avail*
RWD 4dr Auto (Natl)
  • RWD 4dr Auto (Natl)
  • RWD 4dr Auto (GS)
  • RWD 4dr Auto (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr Man (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr Man (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr Man (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr Auto (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr Auto (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr Auto (SE)
2WD 4dr Base
  • 2WD 4dr Base
  • 2WD 4dr LX
  • AWD 4dr LX
  • 2WD 4dr EX
  • AWD 4dr EX
  • 2WD 4dr SX
  • AWD 4dr SX


MSRP $22,245 $25,790 $18,295
Invoice $21,652 $23,985 $17,930
Avg. Paid $15,104 $23,980 $13,844

U.S. News Scores

Overall 6.9 7.9 8.5
Critics' Rating 6.3 8.0 8.7
Performance 6.9 7.8 8.0
Interior 6.7 7.3 7.6
Cost to Own 9.1 8.5 9.2
Safety 8.6 8.8 10.0
Reliability 2.0 3.5 3.5

Pros & Cons

  • Good towing capacity for the class
  • Standard V6
  • Stand-out styling
  • Fantastic safety and reliability scores
  • Brawny off-road capabilities
  • Spacious interior
  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Good fuel economy
  • Above-average reliability
  • Lackluster acceleration and handling
  • Low fuel economy for the class
  • Low-grade interior materials
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Unrefined on-road performance
  • Firm, uncomfortable seats
  • Rough ride
  • Subpar interior material quality

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Manual
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.7L/226 Gas V6 4.0L/241 Gas I4 2.4L/144
MPG 16 City / 22 Hwy 17 City / 22 Hwy 21 City / 29 Hwy



Body Style 4 Door Sport Utility 4 Door 4 Door


Wheelbase(in) 108.8 105.9 103.9
Length, Overall (in) 178.9 183.9 174.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.1 75.0 73.0
Height, Overall (in) 70.5 71.3 64.4

Doors & Windows

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

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Running Boards Optional Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3976 4050 3157

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard
Tires - Front All-Terrain Optional
Tires - Front On/Off Road Standard
Tires - Front Performance Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard
Tires - Rear All-Terrain Optional
Tires - Rear On/Off Road Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Optional Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional Optional Standard
Chrome Wheels Standard
Wheel Locks Optional Optional
Steel Wheels Standard


Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional Optional


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Optional Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional
Cruise Control Optional Optional Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional Optional
Luggage Rack Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Optional
Trip Computer Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Optional
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Optional Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Optional Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Optional
Passenger Vanity Mirror Optional Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Optional
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 102.5 - TBD - 100.0
Front Head Room (in) 40.6 41.3 39.1
Front Leg Room (in) 40.8 41.9 41.4
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.2 58.4 56.7
Front Hip Room (in) 56.1 55.4 53.7
Second Head Room (in) 40.8 40.3 38.5
Second Leg Room (in) 39.4 31.3 37.9
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.4 53.9 55.1
Second Hip Room (in) 47.4 51.0 49.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 68.7 66.8 54.6
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 29.3 27.9 26.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Standard Standard
Premium Sound System Optional Optional
Hard Disk Drive Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Standard Standard


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard


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

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Optional
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Front Tow Hooks Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard


Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Standard
Front Wheel Drive Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas I4
Displacement 3.7L/226 4.0L/241 2.4L/144
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 210 @ 5200 260 @ 5600 176 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 235 @ 4000 271 @ 4400 168 @ 4000
Transmission Automatic Automatic w/OD Manual
Turning diameter 36.3 40.7 34.7


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 17 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 22 29
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19.5 19.0 14.5


Suspension Type - Front Upper/Lower "A" arms Double-Wishbone Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Live Axle 4-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer Bar MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer Bar Multi-Link


Automatic Standard Standard
4-Speed Automatic Standard
5-Speed Automatic Optional Standard
Manual Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.