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TheCarConnection.com’s SUV experts looked at reviews of the 2008 Dodge Nitro and have compiled this conclusive review from the most respected sources on the Web. The editors at TheCarConnection.com also drove the Dodge Nitro, and have added driving impressions and details where they help you to make a better purchasing decision.
- Exciting styling
- Good safety equipment
- Multiple interior configurations
- Rear cargo management system
- Part-time four-wheel drive available
- Stiff ride
- Vague steering
- Limited handling
- Lots of plastic inside
The 2008 Dodge Nitro certainly proves the power of style. One look at this five-passenger mid-size SUV and you swear this truck was fast, agile, and ready for a street shoot-out. Especially when looking at the high-line 2008 Nitro R/T with its big 20-inch wheels, you'll agree this SUV has true street presence.
The Nitro's looks deceive. Under the exciting bodywork is a Jeep Liberty. The Liberty is not known for terrific on-road prowess, and neither is the 2008 Nitro. To be as blunt as the Nitro's styling, this Dodge rides stiffly, and the expected handling benefit from the buttoned-down suspension never materializes, as the standard stability control steps in early to curtail any potentially dangerous antics. Too bad the 2008 Dodge Nitro can't deliver what its looks promise.
However, if you love the styling, the Dodge Nitro offers three models; Nitro SXT, Nitro SLT, and Nitro R/T. The R/T gets a 4.0-liter SOHC V-6 that delivers 260 horsepower. The lesser models pick up the Liberty's base 3.7-liter V-6 that produces just 210 horsepower. All models include fold-flat front passenger and second-row seats, which recline for added passenger comfort. There are two cargo floor configurations: a reversible load floor standard on Dodge Nitro SXT and Load 'N Go cargo floor standard on the SLT and R/T. The Load 'N Go is a heavy-duty tray on wheels that you can load gear on to and then slide into the cargo area.