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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Five stars, frontal impact protection; five stars, side impact protection
Electronic stability control system that includes rollover mitigation
Kelley Blue Book
Full-length side curtain airbags are standard
For the safety-conscious among us, the 2008 Dodge Nitro is sure to please. Not only does the Dodge Nitro score very well in crash tests, it also comes loaded with a long list of desirable safety features.
The 2008 Dodge Nitro's sheetmetal looks tough, and crash-test ratings show that toughness is more than skin deep on this 2008 Dodge. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the government agency responsible for crash testing, has subjected the 2008 Dodge Nitro to its full range of tests, and the results are impressive. Edmunds reviewers note that the Dodge Nitro was awarded "a perfect five stars for all frontal- and side-impact categories" in the NHTSA tests, a testament to the care that Dodge engineers took to ensure passenger safety. The other major crash tester in the United States, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), has not yet tested this 2008 Dodge.
Aside from commendable crash-test ratings, the 2008 Dodge Nitro adds a wealth of safety features to its repertoire. Reviewers at Cars.com state, "Side curtain airbags and an electronic stability system are standard," but that only scratches the surface of the Dodge Nitro's safety features. Edmunds elaborates, saying that "antilock disc brakes" and "traction control" also come standard on the Dodge Nitro, and they further note that "the stability control system includes a trailer sway control feature." The trailer sway control is an indispensable feature for those who regularly tow loads on the highway.
One area where TheCarConnection.com finds mixed reviews of the 2008 Dodge Nitro is in terms of driver visibility. On the 2008 Dodge Nitro, ConsumerGuide claims that the "high-set seats provide a commanding view of the road" ahead, but "rear visibility is hindered somewhat by thick roof pillars." Although AutoWeek laments the fact that the "overall seating position is poor," Edmunds lists "good sight lines" as one of the 2008 Dodge Nitro's most appealing features.
Strong crash-test ratings and all the usual standard safety features make the 2008 Dodge Nitro a responsible pick for the safety-conscious.