2011 Dodge
Nitro Shock
vs. 2012 GMC
Acadia SLE

2011 Dodge Nitro Shock

10.0

starting from

$27,995

Reasons to buy the Dodge Nitro Shock

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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.1"
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Moon roof
Standard
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Folding rear seats
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Power outlets
Standard
2012 GMC Acadia SLE

7.8

Runner-up

GMC Acadia SLE

starting from

$37,890

Reasons to buy the GMC Acadia SLE

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Ample cargo space
116.9 ft3
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More passenger seats
8
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
4 stars
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Average power
288 HP @ 6,300 RPM
Luxury Features 7.8 vs 10.0
2011 Dodge Nitro Shock Winner: Nitro Shock
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Nitro Shock's standard sun roof
  • Leather comes standard on the Nitro Shock; the Acadia SLE only offers cloth seats
Practicality - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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Cost - vs 10.0
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  • Shorter basic warranty
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Safety Features - vs 10.0
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Both only offer an automatic transmission, unlike most in this class
Entertainment System - vs 10.0
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  • Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system
Overall 7.8 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

GMC
Acadia SLE
2012 GMC Acadia SLE
2011 Dodge Nitro Shock Dodge
Nitro Shock
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the Nitro Shock's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Standard Leather comes standard on the Nitro Shock; the Acadia SLE only offers cloth seats

Practicality

GMC
Acadia SLE
2012 GMC Acadia SLE
2011 Dodge Nitro Shock Dodge
Nitro Shock
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Passengers 8 vs 5 The Acadia SLE has lots of passenger seats, but the Nitro Shock has very few
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Cargo space 116.9 ft3 vs 75.6 ft3 The Acadia SLE has lots of cargo room, and the Nitro Shock is OK, too
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front seats 59.8 ft3 vs 54.8 ft3 The Acadia SLE has roomy front seats and the Nitro Shock is OK
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Base payload capacity Unknown vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Standard The Nitro Shock's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Acadia SLE
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power outlets Optional vs Standard The Nitro Shock's standard power outlet will keep your gadgets charged; requires optional upgrade on the Acadia SLE
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navigation system Not Available vs Optional The Nitro Shock offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Acadia SLE
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Cupholders Unknown vs 4
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

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Acadia SLE
2012 GMC Acadia SLE
2011 Dodge Nitro Shock Dodge
Nitro Shock
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0-60 mph Unknown vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph Unknown vs 142 ft
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1/4 mile Unknown vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Cost

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Acadia SLE
2012 GMC Acadia SLE
2011 Dodge Nitro Shock Dodge
Nitro Shock
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MSRP $37,890 vs $27,995 The Nitro Shock has a great price and the Acadia SLE is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage Unknown vs 16 mpg
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

GMC
Acadia SLE
2012 GMC Acadia SLE
2011 Dodge Nitro Shock Dodge
Nitro Shock
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Yes
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Airbags 5 vs 4 The Acadia SLE has an OK number of airbags while the Nitro Shock has very few (missing Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs Uconnect

Crash Test Ratings

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Acadia SLE
2012 GMC Acadia SLE
2011 Dodge Nitro Shock Dodge
Nitro Shock
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 3 stars The better is 1.7x safer than the Nitro Shock
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

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Acadia SLE
2012 GMC Acadia SLE
2011 Dodge Nitro Shock Dodge
Nitro Shock
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Horsepower 288 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 260 HP @ 6,000 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 The Acadia SLE has more gears and the Nitro Shock is OK, too
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both only offer an automatic transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Not Available
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 16.9 lb/hp vs 15.5 lb/hp The Nitro Shock is a sporty car, while the Acadia SLE is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The Acadia SLE has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.4 ft vs 36.3 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

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Acadia SLE
2012 GMC Acadia SLE
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Nitro Shock
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Number of speakers Unknown vs 8
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs No
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the Acadia SLE, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Yes
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs Yes
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entertainment system Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Dodge Nitro Shock 2011 Jeep Liberty Limited Edition Nitro Shock vs Liberty Limited Edition
2011 Dodge Nitro Shock 2011 Jeep Patriot Nitro Shock vs Patriot
2011 Dodge Nitro Shock 2011 Dodge Journey Lux Nitro Shock vs Journey Lux
2011 Dodge Nitro Heat 2010 Jeep Commander Sport Nitro Heat vs Commander Sport
2011 Dodge Nitro Heat 2012 Ford Escape Limited Nitro Heat vs Escape Limited
2012 GMC Acadia SLE 2011 GMC Terrain SLE Acadia SLE vs Terrain SLE
2012 GMC Acadia SLE 2011 GMC Yukon SLT Acadia SLE vs Yukon SLT
2012 GMC Acadia Denali 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT Acadia Denali vs Tahoe LT
2012 GMC Acadia SLE 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS Acadia SLE vs Equinox LS
2012 GMC Acadia SLT 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Acadia SLT vs Grand Cherokee Limited

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