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New for 2010-Dodge Cars and Crossovers

New for 2010-Dodge Cars and Crossovers

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2009
2010 Dodge Journey RTCritical Knowledge:

2010 Dodge Avenger: The Avenger is carryover for 2010 with no changes.

2010 Dodge Caliber: The big news for 2010 is a thoroughly revised dashboard and center console. There are also new wheels on the SXT model.

2010 Dodge Challenger: Stability control is now standard, there is a new multimedia pack with steering wheel-mounted controls, and a performance Super Track Pack aimed at enthusiasts.

2010 Dodge Charger: Side air bags are now standard across the model range, and there are minor cosmetic updates to all trim levels.

2010 Dodge Grand Caravan: All models receive an updated 3-zone climate control system, new obstacle warning system, and the 4.0-liter V-6 engine gets taller gearing for better fuel economy.

2010 Dodge Journey: All models are fitted with improved brakes, and the 3.5-liter V-6 engine has been retuned for improved fuel efficiency.

2010 Dodge Nitro: The trim level names have been reconfigured and the 3.7-liter V-6 engine reclibrated to increase fuel economy.

2010 Dodge Viper: The flagship high-performance sports car is a carryover for 2010.


2010 Dodge Avenger
The Dodge Avenger is a midsize front-wheel-drive 4-door sedan-it is the counterpart to the Chrysler Sebring. The 2010 model is offered with a choice between a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine or a 3.5-liter V-6. While the 4-cylinder earns an EPA-rated 30 mpg on the highway, the 6-cylinder model is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, allowing it to earn 27 mpg on the highway. The Avenger is a carryover for 2010.
  • Carryover for 2010

2010 Dodge Caliber
Designed as a replacement for the Dodge Neon, the Caliber is a compact sedan offered with a choice of 4-cylinder engines and front-wheel drive. The SRT4 model, fitted with a turbocharged engine, is the sportiest model in the Caliber lineup. Dodge redesigned the interior for 2010, fitting the model with a new instrument panel and center storage area and dressed-up the cabin with more accents. There are also new 18-inch wheels on the SXT model.
  • Revised interior with a new dashboard and center storage area
  • New chrome accents dress up the cabin
  • New 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels on the SXT model

2010 Dodge Challenger
Recognized for its retro-styled sheetmetal, the Dodge Challenger is a large 2-door coupe offered with 6- and 8-cylinder powerplants. The top-of-the-line variant is the SRT8, with its 425-horsepower, 6.1-liter, HEMI V-8 engine and appropriate performance upgrades. New for 2010, stability control is now standard on the base SE model and there are several minor equipment changes. Later in 2010, Dodge will introduce the Super Track Pack with 20-inch wheels, upgraded suspension, larger brakes and a performance rear axle.
  • Stability control standard on SE model
  • Automatic headlights now standard on the R/T model
  • New multimedia package with steering wheel controls
  • New Super Track Pack targets enthusiasts with performance upgrades
  • New Plum Crazy exterior color

2010 Dodge Charger
Sharing platforms with the Chrysler 300, the Dodge Charger replaced the Dodge Intrepid when it was launched in 2006. The rear-wheel-drive sedan is offered with a choice of 6- and 8-cylinder engines in rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations. Like the Dodge Challenger, the Charger is available in a performance-tuned SRT8 trim with a 425-horsepower, 6.1-liter, HEMI V-8 engine. The 2010 model year improvements are minor. They include standard side curtain air bags across the model range and cosmetic enhancements to the exterior.
  • Standard side curtain air bags on all models
  • New black rocker-sill cladding on all models
  • New chrome grille with black inserts for the SE model

2010 Dodge Grand Caravan
Often credited with launching the minivan segment, today's Dodge Grand Caravan is much larger, safer and more technically advanced when compared to its original predecessor from 1984. Dodge offers the Grand Caravan in a handful of trim levels and with a choice between two 6-cylinder engines, each mated to a different automatic transmission. After a significant makeover for the 2009 model year, there are only minor changes for 2010.
  • Three-zone climate controls are now available
  • New obstacle warning display in the electronic information center
  • The SXT model with the 4.0-liter V-6 engine is fitted with a taller final-drive ratio to improve fuel economy

2010 Dodge Journey
New in 2009, the Dodge Journey is a midsize crossover utility vehicle sharing platforms with the Dodge Avenger. The standard Journey is fitted with a 4-cylinder engine, but those wishing for more power will seek the 3.5-liter 6-cylinder (standard on the all-wheel-drive variants), which has been recalibrated for slightly better fuel economy in 2010. As it debuted in 2009, there are only a few changes for the 2010 model year.
  • 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine retuned for improved fuel economy
  • New "ECO" light on the dashboard to help maximize efficiency
  • Brakes on all models have been upgraded
  • A new entertainment system, with a 9-inch screen, is offered on SXT and Journey R/T models
  • Remote keyless entry is now standard on SE models

2010 Dodge Nitro
Sharing its platform with the Liberty-but not the low off-road gearing of its Jeep counterpart-the Nitro is a compact SUV built on a unibody platform. All models share a 3.7-liter V-6 engine mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. For 2010, the standard 6-cylinder engine receives fuel shutoff technology to increase economy, and there have been minor content changes.
  • SLT and R/T trims replaced with the SXT trim
  • Offered in 4x2 and 4x4 drivelines
  • Standard 3.7-liter V-6 engine has been recalibrated to improve fuel economy
  • Several small option and content changes

2010 Dodge Viper
Dodge's highest-performing model line is the Viper. Offered in both coupe and convertible body styles, all are powered by a massive 8.4-liter V-10 engine churning out 600 horsepower. As expected, the Viper is fitted with oversized brakes, race-bred suspension, and minimal creature comforts. The special Viper SRT10 ACR takes things to the extreme as it is ready for racing right off the showroom floor. The 2010 model is a carryover.
  • A carryover-but Dodge may introduce limited-edition models during the year
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