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Dodge

Country of Origin:
USA
Austria

Models:
Avenger
Caliber
Charger
Dakota
Durango
Nitro
Ram
Key:
* Top speed electronically limited
2.5SC 2.5-litre supercharged engine
2.5TC 2.5-litre turbocharged engine
2.5D 2.5-litre diesel engine
2.5TD 2.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine
I4 4-cylinder engine in inline configuration
V6 6-cylinder engine in V-shaped configuration
FWD   Front-wheel-drive platform
RWD   Rear-wheel-drive platform
4WD   Four-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive platform
5M   5-speed manual
5A   5-speed automatic
5AM 5-speed automanual
CVT Continuously variable auto transmission
l/100km   Litres of fuel consumed every 100 kms

Dodge Avenger

The new-for-2008 Avenger is a midsize sedan that builds on the bold, aggressive styling and performance of the Dodge brand. Offered only in SE and SXT in the Middle East, the front-wheel-drive Avenger is powered by only a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder mated to a 4-speed automatic. The Avenger offers many unique features including a chilled beverage storage called Chill Zone, housed in the passenger side upper instrument panel with the ability to hold and chill as many as four common beverage cans. Other features include a heated/cooled front cupholder, YES Essentials stain-proof fabric, heated cloth seats, LED interior lighting in both front and rear seats, MP3 play capability on all audio systems and MyGIG information and entertainment system. Dual front, side and head-protection airbags are standard, but electronic stability control is optional. This reskinned Chrysler is interesting, but obviously does not appeal to traditional family car buyers. 


Midsize Sedan



Road Tests & Articles:
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Competitors:
Honda Accord
Nissan Altima
Toyota Camry
Price Range
Dhs 65000 - 85000 (US$ 17600 - 23100)
Body Styles
4-door sedan
Weight (kg)
1525
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
2.4 I4 FWD 4A 173 225 9.2 10.4 200*
Good
Price, unique cabin features, special styling
Bad
Not quite fast, cheap cabin plastics, rearward visibility




Dodge Caliber

Dodge's new entry-level vehicle is a five-passenger hatchback that replaces the Neon sedan and attempts to be a replacement for the common 4WD wagon too. It has a liftgate and split folding rear seats. All trom levels use a 4-cylinder engine. The base model is a 1.8-litre with manual transmission, and the mid-grade model is a 2.0-litre with CVT automatic. The top 2.4-litre is available with either manual or CVT. The 2.4 has sportier suspension tuning and unique trim. Available features include a fold-flat front passenger seat, refrigerated glovebox, and removable cargo light/flashlight. Unique features include oddities such as flip-down speakers when the liftgate is open, illuminated cup-holders and a central armrest that moves front and back. Also available are leather upholstery, nine-speaker Boston Acoustics stereo and alloy wheels. ABS is optional on the base models, and standard on the top trim, where it comes with rear disc brakes instead of drums. A tyre pressure monitor is optional. All Calibers have available front airbags and side airbags.


Compact Hatchback



Road Tests & Articles:
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Competitors:
Chrysler PT Cruiser
Daihatsu YRV
Mazda 3 Hatchback
Price Range
Dhs 57500 - 70000 (US$ 15600 - 19000)
Body Styles
5-door hatchback
Weight (kg)
1320 - 1380
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
1.8 I4 FWD
2.0 I4 FWD
2.4 I4 FWD
5M
CVT
5M/CVT
148
158
172
168
183
223
7.4
8.1
8.4-9.2
11.9
11.3
10.2-10.4
184
186
200
Good
Unique looks, engine choices, interior space
Bad
Unique looks, weight, low-rent interior trim, slow




Dodge Charger

Combining extreme power and a chop-top body, the all-new Dodge Charger delivers an experience like no other, except maybe for its sibling, the Chrysler 300C. Available with a 3.5-litre "High-Output" V6 engine, the infamous 5.7-litre HEMI V8 engine, or a hyper SRT-8 6.1-litre HEMI V8, the new Dodge Charger races into the local market with contemporary, provocative styling and substance with all the conveniences of a modern sedan. The 5.7-litre HEMI V8 engine comes with the Multi-Displacement System, also known as MDS, that seamlessly deactivates four cylinders in just 40 milliseconds when full V8 power is not needed, improving fuel economy by as much as 20 percent, though fuel economy is still far from impressive. Either engine is mated to a fully automatic five-speed transmission with AutoStick. In addition to the Charger's aggressive design, features include standard Electronic Stability Program (ESP), ABS brakes, all-speed traction control and optional DVD entertainment. A beefy and fun machine for sure, but we have yet to play with it.


Large Sedan



Road Tests & Articles:
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Competitors:
Chevrolet Caprice
Ford Crown Victoria
Toyota Avalon
Price Range
Dhs 83900 - 165000 (US$ 22800 - 44900)
Body Styles
4-door sedan
Weight (kg)
1736 - 1890
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
3.5 V6 RWD
5.7 V8 RWD
6.1 V8 RWD
5A
5A
5A
250
340
431
339
528
569
10.2
11.2
13.8
8.9
5.7
4.9
208*
250*
275
Good
Price, power, interior legroom, muscular image
Bad
Rear headroom, exterior size, weight, V8 fuel economy




Dodge Dakota

The Dakota is a mid-size pickup with a full-size attitude, as Dodge likes to brag, and they are not far from the truth. The Dakota is the largest pickup in its class and the only mid-size truck available with a V8. The Dakota looks big, thanks to a complete redesign recently, making it larger than before and making it look almost as big and tough as the full-size Dodge Ram. The standard engine is a 3.7-litre V6. It comes with a six-speed manual transmission. An optional four-speed automatic is available on the higher trim levels. A 4.7-litre V8 engine is available for all models. A "high-output" version of the 4.7-litre V8 is also available on the higher models. With either V8, a six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a five-speed automatic is optional. Two available transfer cases, either full-time or part-time, are available on the 4WD models. Available steering wheel mounted audio controls allow easy control of the standard AM/FM/Cassette radio or the optional AM/FM/CD radio with eight speakers.


Midsize Pickup



Road Tests & Articles:
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Competitors:
Chevrolet T-Series
Nissan Pickup
Toyota Hilux
Price Range
Dhs 70000 - 110000 (US$ 19000 - 30000)
Body Styles
2-door pickup, 4-door pickup
Weight (kg)
1935 - 2115
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
3.7 V6 RWD/4WD
4.7 V8 RWD/4WD
4.7 V8 RWD/4WD
6M/4A
6M/5A
5A
210
230
260
318
393
420
12.4
13.4
13.4
10.5
9.3
8.9
178*
178*
178*
Good
Roomy front interior, tough looks, bed space
Bad
Acceleration, fuel economy, lumpy handling




Dodge Durango

The latest Durango has been redesigned, mostly with a minor facelift, and it appears to be a well-built light duty 4WD capable of transporting seven people almost anywhere in very comfortable surroundings, even though it is ultimately one of the ugliest vehicles on the road. The only engine option available here is the 5.7-litre, Hemi V8, which helps the two-and-a-half ton Durango move off with reasonable verve. It's interior design conserves space, which permits a 3rd row of relatively accessible seating. It is obvious that parent company Mercedes-Benz has had an influence on the lowly Dodge. The seams are tight and the materials are of a high quality. The ergonomics work well too, with all the minor luxuries, including a good sound system and a rear seat DVD-entertainment system. Excellent sound insulation means passengers aren't too distracted by road or wind noise, while the 3rd row folds flat into the floor and the 2nd row folds up and out of way very easily. Standard features include air conditioning, power mirrors, illuminated entry lighting, front and rear power outlets, bucket seats, 40/20/40 folding second-row seat, AM/FM stereo radio with in-dash single-disc CD player, cruise control, tilting steering column, and remote keyless entry. Also available are rear climate controls, a power sunroof, AM/FM/6CD/MP3 player and a two-speed transfer case for off-roading.


Large 4WD



Road Tests & Articles:
none

Competitors:
Chevrolet Tahoe
Ford Expedition
Nissan Patrol
Price Range
Dhs 106500 - 130000 (US$ 28900 - 35300)
Body Styles
5-door wagon
Weight (kg)
2253 - 2333
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
5.7 V8 4WD 5A 335 501 13.4 8.5 180*
Good
Power, fuel economy, space, value for money
Bad
Fuel economy, exterior size, on-road handling




Dodge Nitro

The new-for-2007 Nitro is somewhere between a compact and a midsize in terms of size, but is actually based on the Jeep Cherokee, but without low-range gearing. It is a useful wagon  with room for five passengers, innovative cargo features, and hit-and-miss styling. Typically American in its outlook, the Austrian-built Nitro comes across as a vehicle with attitude, though for this region, it is powered by either a 3.7-litre V6 mated to a 4-speed automatic for the base model or, new for 2008, a 4.0-litre V6 with a 5-speed for the R/T. The Nitro’s unique fold-flat first-row passenger seat and usual fold-flat second-row seats offer a variety of loading options. Also new is the “Load N Go” cargo floor, which slides half-a-metre rearwards for easy loading and unloading, holding up to 181 kg when pulled out. With full power features, 16-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, a CD entertainment system, and a long list of standard safety and security features that include airbags, ABS brakes and more, the Dodge Nitro offers value for money in the confusing yet competitive compact-to-midsize 4WD segment.


Compact 4WD



Road Tests & Articles:
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Competitors:
Chevrolet Captiva
Ford Escape
Toyota RAV-4
Price Range
Dhs 89500 - 115000 (US$ 24300 - 31300)
Body Styles
5-door wagon
Weight (kg)
1887 - 1892
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
3.7 V6 4WD
4.0 V6 4WD
4A
5A
210
260
318
359
13.1
13.4
10.3
8.3
182*
182*
Good
Fair price, cabin utility, headroom, fair ride comfort
Bad
No low-range gear, cheap cabin, fuel economy, looks




Dodge Ram

The Dodge Ram had been extensively re-engineered for 2006, with a minor restyling and an upgraded interior. It has a new hydroformed frame that's boxed its full length to provide more strength than in any previous model. New suspension and body mounts also improve ride and handling, though it is still no luxury sports sedan. Inside the Ram, the instrument panel, centre console and seats have been redesigned for more car-like comfort, while new entertainment features have been introduced. The standard motor for the Middle East is the 5.7-litre Hemi V8 engine, which features the new Multi-Displacement System, a setup that shuts down four of the Hemi's eight cylinders when they are not needed. Dodge claims the switchover is seamless, and that fuel economy is improved by as much as 20 percent. Adding to the Hemi's responsive nature is a five-speed automatic transmission. The Ram comes standard with air conditioning, AM/FM/CD stereo, rear-wheel ABS, 17-inch wheels and a full-size spare tyre. Also available are power windows and door locks, keyless entry, an overhead console with mini-trip computer and compass, cruise control and larger aluminium wheels.


Large Pickup



Road Tests & Articles:
none

Competitors:
Chevrolet Silverado
Ford F-150
Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup
Price Range
Dhs 90000 - 137000 (US$ 24500 - 37200)
Body Styles
2-door pickup, 4-door pickup
Weight (kg)
2254 - 2405
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
5.7 V8 4WD 5A 345 508 13.8 8.7 180*
Good
Tough image, space, utility, hauling power
Bad
Fuel economy, size, handling






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