I got the R/T model after looking at nearly every SUV under 40k (and even a few over. I was looking for something that didn't look emasculated & not too big either. I was also looking for something that didn't look boring or generic-I had it narrowed down to the new LR2 or the Mercury Mariner/Ford Escape when I saw the Nitro R/T version; I went and drove it & was convinced- it is suprisingly smooth and quiet, at 80mph it feels like its quietly cruising; it's got peppy pick up, and just a smooth quiet ride all around. The R/T model is clearly the most unique small SUV out there. I got a late 2007 model so no problems that early models seemed to have. It's a great buy overall,esp for the money.
Exterior styling. Solid ride. Quiet at high speeds. Modern features (blue tooth & 20gig music hard drive & nav) 330 watt Sound system. Nice acceleration & braking, steering wheel controls, dvd, 110v outlet, sliding cargo load, remote start, garage door opener, multi storage areas/compartments
Better gas mileage, rear a/c vents, quicker throttle response