A car with character and style
By GB on
2008 Dodge Nitro SLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 4A)
This thing is 70 percent a Jeep. It feels and handles like a Jeep, with all these truck-like, rugged characteristics. If you want a SUV that handles like a Porsche, this is definitely not your car. But it handles quite well and predictably. I feel very safe in this car, riding in this solid box of steel "above" the normal traffic. There is plenty of passenger room (esp. legroom for second row passengers) and a lot (!) of cargo space with the seats folded down. It tows heavy loads with ease. The 4 wheel drive is very simple (can only be used on slippery surfaces and with low speed)but works extremely well in heavy snow or muddy roads. The interior practical, not fancy.
The looks, this is a head-turner! The rugged, solid feel. The cargo space for all my gear. The LoadnGo feature for heavy items. The Bluetooth cell phone device (U-Connect).
The 4 speed transmission is not as good the the 5 speed transmission on the Nitro R/T. Also the suspension in the R/T is firmer, the handling better. I wish all Nitros would get the 5 speed and the firmer suspension. I had the underbody coated against corrosion. A missing feature in cold climate.