I've owned my Nitro RT, from new. I bought it on Oct. 31, 2007. It had a couple hickups with the HVAC system. Okay. virtually every part of it was replaced under warranty. Aside from that, I've put 112,000 miles on it and had only a few small things break. Window regulator. Window button. Key FOB. I was looking at other new SUV's like the Highlander and Murano, and have decided to keep my Nitro. It's worth putting in the $3,000 of 100,000 mile maintenance on. The biggest down side to the Nitro? Suuuuuuper chinsey interior. But I guess that developement money was spent on better mechanics. I'm super happy with my RT!
I love my nitro it has plenty of room for a mid size SUV. The nitro is a very comfortable ride I give it 4 stars only because the gas mileage isn't the best if you need a car for long daily drives this truck isn't the best due to gas. But I you are not worried about the best gas mileage then get it. I love it great sound system has many options such as navigation and also has a DVD player. My Nitro is a sharp looking truck and all my friends like it and have complimented me on it. It also tows my boat with no problems. It has a very strong V6.
I usually shop for vehicles with a lot of research over several months before buying. I wanted something sporty looking with at least a hint of performance on the road. After a lot of research and considering different vehicles, I chose a Dodge Nitro R/T. I love driving and wanted something that was easier on my back than my previous vehicle which was a small, economical sedan. If your back does not like your current car, definitely consider a small SUV like the Nitro. The Nitro, specifically the R/T version with big 20" wheels looks sporty and has more than enough acceleration with the 4.0 liter engine. I have had many compliments on the looks and I love driving it. Fuel economy is decent but not good averaging almost 17 mpg with my combined city and highway driving. The leather seats are great and the stereo with subwoofer is awesome. The dash, knobs, levers and controls are simple and easy to use but a bit cheap feeling. Overall I am enjoying it but gave it only 4 stars overall due to fuel economy and a bit of cheapness with all the plastic on the interior. I would definitely recommend this vehicle to family and friends that are in the market for a small SUV.
The Dodge Nitro is a stylish compact SUV that stands out against the competition with big wheels and an aggressive stance. The Nitro gives off a strong retro design vibe. While only produced for a few years, it remains one of the most distinctive vehicles you can buy.
The Dodge Nitro was produced from 2007 through 2011. Boxy and substantial, it is built upon a sturdy, truck-like platform. The Dodge Nitro was initially introduced with the SXT as the base trim, but that model was renamed the SE in 2009. In 2010, this was renamed again - as the Dodge Nitro Heat.
Because it is smaller than many other midsize SUVs, the Dodge Nitro was praised by expert reviewers for its competitive maneuverability. However, even after Dodge altered its suspension in 2009, the Nitro's ride quality still below average for its class. Fuel economy is pretty decent for its size, but it may be inefficient compared to other midsize SUVs. The Nitro excels at looking good on the road, but not a whole lot else.
The Dodge Nitro looks bolder than most of the competition. The engine options, unfortunately, do not enable the Nitro to perform well against other compact SUVs. The interior doesn't fare well either; other SUVs have more comfortable seating options and a smoother ride. Unless its untraditional design is more important to you than day-to-day performance, you may find more value in purchasing a used Honda CR-V or a Toyota RAV4.
Dodge offers a 3.7L V6 engine as the standard powertrain option for the Nitro. Typically, this engine is paired with a four-speed automatic. If you are disappointed with the acceleration capabilities of this engine, then, try the 4.0L V6 engine instead. It's available as an upgrade and enables a smoother, more powerful drive. The 4.0L V6 engine is installed with a five-speed automatic transmission in all cases. Despite size and power differences, both of the Nitro's engine options produce similar fuel efficiencies.