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Best SUV under $40,000
By rockinroller on
2011 Dodge Nitro Detonator 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
The Nitro's appearance creates a response much like the Dodge Ram pickup when it first came out:
You either LOVE it or HATE it.
I happened to embrace the rugged square "jaw" of the Nitro and having had some driving experience with the original 2007 RT version which featured a very energetic 4.0 liter engine (vs. the horribly anemic 3.7 liter that's found in the Jeep), I was pleasantly impressed.
This rugged yet refined truck-like SUV conquers most snowy roads that I've experienced in Michigan, plus affords a reasonable cost to drive based on 20mpg in mixed city/freeway driving.
Lots of storage and creature comforts too.
Could have used more than 2 cup holders in front though.
4.0 engine performance and gas mileage
Tons of interior room for hauling
Nicely appointed dash
Shape, length and width
Easy to drive
Power driver seat in all trim levels
Auto Trans stick is awkward to move