Honda CRV VS Dodge Nitro

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Here is a comparison between the Honda CR-V and the Dodge Nitro (KA series). The Dodge Nitro which is based on a Jeep, has been around for a few years now but until recently the price of the package was not attractive enough to attract buyers. However since the GFC prices have dropped to competitive levels and inline with it competitors here and overseas.

The Dodge Nitro is slightly larger SUV than normal small but since the price has dropped (2010) we did a comparison with the CRV on that basis. However regardless of how you work the figures it is still overpriced in Oz compared to its home country by eg $15,000 for the base model. Due to currency exchange rates and even import taxes -which are minimal there is no reason why it there should be that much of gap.

Ignoring the price issue the Nitro looks like a good package until you start looking at the details. Continue below to check out the details.

Dodge Nitro
Honda CRV

The designs speak for themselves the Dodge Nitro is a conservative design for the US market. The Honda CRV is a global model design to SUV design forward. It is up to you which one appeals. The CRV's interior design is one of the most practical out there, plenty of storage places for lots of daily stuff. The only other car that is just as practical is the Nissan X-Trail. The Nitro has lots of interior space but its more for people not their stuff.

The Nitro's interior is nice but doesn't have the quality feel of even the latest Kia Sorrento. Hard plastic, the lack of quality and design of the interior is not impressive. It is usable and good enough for the mid-2000s not 2011. The Nitro looks bigger on the outside than it actually is on the inside.

The best thing about the Nitro is the engine. It's one of the few compact SUVs that come with a petrol V6 at an affordable price. The engine may not be the most advanced out there but it does give it the Nitro a selling point.

We liked the Nitro but it didn't make us feel any better or otherwise  than the rest. There also a number known mechanical problems you need to research before buying. Try it for your self because we can't agree to a conclusion on this car.


Last known pricing (RRP)

NOT including on roads, discounts etc...

Honda CR-V
2010 $30,990 - 42,790 AUD

Dodge Nitro
2011 $35,990 - 43,000 AUD




Honda CR-V Dodge Nitro

IL 4 Cylinder (K24Z1)
IL 4 Cylinder petrol
DOHC 16 valve VTEC EFI
2.4 Litre (2354cc)
Claimed 125Kw @ 5800RPM
Claimed 218Nm @ 4200RPM
6 Cylinder (4B11)
V6 Cylinder petrol
3.7 Litre (3700cc)
Claimed 151Kw @ 5200RPM
Claimed 314Nm @ 4000RPM
1580 - 1630Kg
Towing capacity up to 1500kg
1875 Kg
Towing capacity up to 1600kg
Fuel capacity & consumption  
Up to 58 litres
IL4 Petrol 10 Lts per 100km AVG (Auto)
Up to 74 litres
V6 12 litres per 100km
Other specifications  
6 speed manual or 5 speed Auto
Overall Height/Overall width 1680/1820
Overall Length/Wheelbase 4565/2605
4WD system: On-demand AWD
ANCAP Safety: 4/5
Tyre size:
5 speed Auto
Overall Height/width 1755/1856
Overall Length/Wheelbase 4584/2763
4WD system: AWD
ANCAP Safety: ?/5
Tyre size:
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx
Departure xx
Breakover xx
Min Ground clearance (unloaded) 185mm
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx
Departure xx
Breakover xx
Min Ground clearance (unloaded) xxxmm
Performance Performance

Petrol (4 Cyl)
0-100Kph:10 secs

Petrol V6
0-100Kph:10.3 secs
2010 $30,990 - 42,790 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!
2011 $35,990 - 43,000 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!

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