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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2010 North American Auto Show in Detroit.
Dodge Nitro Detonator
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What is it? Dodge has put more spark into its Nitro line for 2010, with a significant power increase for the base model, added content, and sporty styling cues. The trim levels have been renamed: Heat, Detonator, and Shock. Standard equipment now includes a 368-watt, eight-speaker stereo with Uconnect phone and iPod control and a nine-inch subwoofer. An auto-dimming rear-view mirror, security system, and 20-inch aluminum wheels are also included.

The Detonator builds on the old SXT with remote start, rear park assist, polished 20-inch wheels, and hood decals.

The Shock adds heated leather seats and moonroof to the Detonator.

What is new or notable? The 210-hp, 3.7-liter V6 has been scuttled, leaving the base model Heat to be propelled by the stronger 260-hp, 4.0-liter V6. (Twin Jeep Liberty still offers a 3.7L.)

CRs take: Dodge arguably makes greater strides for 2010 in freshening its Nitro line than Jeep does with the Liberty, but again, cosmetic packages and feature tweaks are not enough to overcome some inherent shortcomings in these vehicles.

When will it be available? Now. Detonator Yellow will be available later in 2010.

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