For towing this vehicle does a reasonable job - certainly not a truck though. Trailer sway is a significant obstacle due to the short wheel base and a larger safety issue on highways in states like TX where people go 10 mph over the 70 mph speed limit. For city driving the 3.7 L engine is weak, get the 4.0 L if you buy. On on-ramps or other areas where you need power there simply isn't much there for rapid acceleration. But the brakes work great; for avoiding deer that's important. Reminder: this is a 4 speed transmission so you don't get smooth shifts. If you need to do an evasive maneuver to avoid the kid on a cell phone swerving - this vehicle is not for you. Very spooky experience feeling the vehicle almost lose control at 70 mph cause a kid brought his car quickly into my lane. Loose handling at highway speeds is the issue here. Cabin noise is significant and annoying for cellular conversations. If you have a larger dog (40+ lbs) be careful with the door paneling as scratches occur easily even if rover just sticks her head out the window a bit. A nice pro is that oil changes are not too difficult once you find a method to reach your hand up into the underside to change the filter. A huge plus is that this vehicle held up excellent in a 3 car accident. My wife got hit from the front and back side at 40 mph by a car + a SUV (that's a lot of force) since the other woman's SUV didn't brake well. Our SUV took over 6000 bucks in damage but my wife didn't suffer any injuries so the Nitro took the hit. That is what a SUV should do. The woman in the car wasn't so fortunate; heavier vehicles like SUV's have a advantage even with a painful gas bill. We'll take pain at the pump over bodily injury pain.
After really thinking about a new car and what to purchase, I finally decided to buy a Dodge Nitro. This was one of the best decisions i have ever made. This vehicle is just right for me. I enjoy driving it. I enjoy the features that it came with. DVD,Heated Seats, Sunroof, Satilite radio
I just got back from a trip up north and my experience was amplified by the Nitro. The ride was smooth, comfortable, not bad on gas, plenty of storage room and I mostly enjoyed the stares. The Nitro went up steep inclines without hesitation and maintained steady smooth shifting patterns. It was very comfortable I never once even thought of having to get out and stretch my legs. All of the electronic supportive options (extra 12v/120v plugs) entertained all passengers along with the easy to use front AUX plug option for MP3 compatability. My only concerns with the vehicle so far is: noticable surface rust (has been in salty winter condidtions for two years only) on the underbody mostly but most concerning right under the "bump" side stripping which everyone can see on the side of the vehicle. other concern: this engine 2.7 liter stays HOT for excessive amounts of time. We went in our hotel and came out 3 hours later (outside temp was a cool 68 degrees) and the engine at start up still read @ normal operating temperature (half way mark). Other concern: slight vibration in low torque situations like right before it wants to upshift (feel it right through the floor). Overall if the vehicle maintains it's current operations I would love to keep it around for 10 years if possible. But seeing as though it's showing signs of weakness to rust, in Wisconsin it wont last long... :( I really love this ride.