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2008 Dodge Nitro vs. Its Competition

2008 Dodge Nitro 2WD 4-door SLT Open Doors
Martin Padgett Martin 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.

2008 Dodge Nitro 2WD 4-door SLT Open Doors2008 Dodge Nitro
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2008 Acura RDX 4WD 4-door Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Acura RDX
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2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2008 Toyota Highlander
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2008 Toyota RAV4 2008 Toyota RAV4
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Quick Specs
7.2
If you judge the 2008 Dodge Nitro's performance based on its looks, you'll be disappointed when you hit the road.
8.8
The 2008 Acura RDX gets its edge from turbo power and crisp handling, but it can feel a little nervous and cramped.
7.8
The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers the same room and amenities that the nonhybrid Highlander does, only with better fuel economy and the badge of honor that comes with driving something that's trying to be green.
7.6
The 2008 Toyota RAV4 brings a little more space than most compact SUVs without a mid-size price.
MSRP From   
$20,320$33,195$27,500$21,500
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas I4Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class   
Special Purpose 2WDSport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
2WD 4-Door SXT4WD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door Base (Natl)FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel Drive4 Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5575
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door
Transmission   
ManualAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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