2008 Dodge Nitro vs. Its Competition

2008 Dodge Nitro 2WD 4-door SLT Open Doors
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

There is no other mid-size SUV that delivers the styling impact of the 2008 Dodge Nitro.

However, there are better-driving mid-size SUVs out there.

While the base Pontiac Torrent isn't one of our favorite vehicles, with the GXP package and the 3.6-liter V-6, the Pontiac is far nicer on road than the Dodge.

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Quick Specs
If you judge the 2008 Dodge Nitro's performance based on its looks, you'll be disappointed when you hit the road.
While the GXP edition of 2009 Pontiac Torrent is the pick of the line, plenty of other vehicles in the segment are more refined and more modern.
The 2008 Acura RDX gets its edge from turbo power and crisp handling, but it can feel a little nervous and cramped.
Most Americans prefer mushy white bread, and the 2008 Toyota Highlander is a larger, high-quality "loaf" that will satisfy most every consumer.
The 2008 Toyota RAV4 brings a little more space than most compact SUVs without a mid-size price.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class    
Special Purpose 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
2WD 4-Door SXTFWD 4-Door4WD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door Base (SE)FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive4 Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door
ManualAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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