Used 2008 Dodge Nitro SUV

2008 Dodge Nitro
List price range
$4,900 - $10,777

Pros

  • Over-the-top style, flexible cabin design, good sight lines, quiet highway ride.

Cons

  • Mediocre gas mileage, suspension gets out of sorts over bumps, slow steering lacks feedback, a few chintzy interior materials.

Used 2008 Dodge Nitro SUV for Sale

Dodge Nitro 2008 SXT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
121,989 miles
Used 2008
Dodge Nitro
SXT
List$4,900
Est.Loan: $100/mo
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Dodge Nitro 2008 SLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 4A)
78,655 miles
Used 2008
Dodge Nitro
SLT
List$8,995
Est.Loan: $184/mo
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Dodge Nitro 2008 SLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 4A)
102,468 miles
Used 2008
Dodge Nitro
SLT
Malloy Ford
38.4 mi away
List$10,777
Est.Loan: $220/mo
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Dealer Notes
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Dodge Nitro 2008 SXT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
149,266 miles
Used 2008
Dodge Nitro
SXT
List$7,800
Est.Loan: $160/mo
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Dodge Nitro 2008 SXT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
151,920 miles
Used 2008
Dodge Nitro
SXT
(4)
Best Motors
51.9 mi away
List$5,490
Est.Loan: $112/mo
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Dodge Nitro 2008 SXT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
109,686 miles
Used 2008
Dodge Nitro
SXT
List$6,995
Est.Loan: $143/mo
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$192 Below Market
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Dealer Notes
After business hours please contact Tamim at (540) 287-5112Brand new on our lot we have a BEAUTIFUL, 2008 Dodge Nitro SXT! This Nitro is red, sitting on alloy wheels with great tread on the tires, tinted rear windows for privacy, and is matched inside with a CLEAN black and gray cloth interior! Powered by a 3.7L V6 motor, paired with a SMOOTH automatic transmission, and is equipped with a push button 4wd system, ready for the harshest of conditions! LOADED with tons of great features, like the power windows, power locks, power mirrors, power steering, cruise control, and that's only listing a few! Premium surround sound speaker system, capable of AM/FM radio, CD playback, blue-tooth capable, and even has a built in auxiliary hook up! With so many great features, and so many more to see, you DO NOT want to miss out on a deal this great! So hurry and call, or stop by TODAY to schedule your test drive before you miss your chance to own this BEAUTIFUL, 2008 Dodge Nitro SXT!
Dodge Nitro 2008 SLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 4A)
132,388 miles
Used 2008
Dodge Nitro
SLT
Reality Auto Sales
53.6 mi away
List$4,999
Est.Loan: $102/mo
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Dodge Nitro 2008 SXT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
110,561 miles
Used 2008
Dodge Nitro
SXT
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Dodge Nitro 2008 SXT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
136,240 miles
Used 2008
Dodge Nitro
SXT
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2008 Dodge Nitro will likely satisfy those seeking a five-passenger SUV with bad-boy road presence and a useful amount of interior space. However, consumers who probe beyond that will find Dodge's midsize sport-ute lacking in key areas like fuel economy, handling and materials quality.

vehicle overview

Brash exterior styling is a key ingredient in every 21st-century Dodge, but the Nitro is especially showy about it. Whereas most compact and midsize SUVs are defined by soft, rounded forms, the 2008 Dodge Nitro has such a square jawline and such exaggerated wheel flares you can't take your eyes off it. This hyper-masculine aesthetic is a major component of the Nitro's appeal in the under-$30,000 price bracket.

A roomy interior is another reason you might consider this five-passenger SUV, and the Nitro's fold-flat seating and slide-out cargo floor (dubbed "Load 'n Go") make it particularly user-friendly as a light-duty hauler. The Dodge's spaciousness is a product of its long 108.8-inch wheelbase. It shares a platform with the redesigned 2008 Jeep Liberty but is slightly larger overall. Like the Liberty, the Nitro uses unibody construction, but has a live-axle rear suspension, a standard rear-wheel-drive configuration (with dual-range four-wheel drive optional) and a choice of 3.7-liter and 4.0-liter V6 engines. None of these attributes would be surprising if the Nitro were a focused off-roader, but in actuality, Dodge has tuned it for street duty. The availability of 20-inch chrome wheels attests to this fact.

Alas, Dodge's effort to build a pavement-friendly crossover out of traditional SUV hardware is not entirely successful. Compared to true car-based crossover SUVs like the Mazda CX-7, Mitsubishi Outlander, Saturn Vue and Toyota RAV4, the Nitro falls short in ride quality and handling acuity. Similarly, its V6 engines can't match the smoothness or efficiency of competitors' smaller engines, and since many of these car-based rivals are lighter, they're quicker, too. Many of them have higher-quality cabin furnishings as well.

If your priorities for a five-passenger SUV are simply one-of-a-kind style, decent interior room and a quiet ride, the 2008 Dodge Nitro would undoubtedly do the trick. However, given the quantity and variety of compact and midsize SUVs in this price range, consumers can be more choosy, as many rivals offer this Dodge's attributes and more.

trim levels & features

A five-passenger midsize SUV, the 2008 Dodge Nitro is available in SXT and SLT trim levels. Shoppers will also encounter Nitros with an R/T badge -- Dodge treats this as a package option for the SLT rather than a separate trim level.

Standard equipment on the base Nitro SXT includes 16-inch steel wheels, a roof rack, air-conditioning, a six-speaker CD stereo, an auxiliary audio input, satellite radio and full power accessories. Step up to the Nitro SLT and you'll get 17-inch alloy wheels, body-color exterior trim, privacy glass, heated side mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power driver seat, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, a compass/outside temperature gauge and a slide-out cargo floor with tie-down points. The available R/T Package for the SLT provides a larger engine, 20-inch chrome wheels, firmer suspension tuning and upgraded exterior trim.

Major options on the Nitro include two-tone seat cloth (R/T only), leather upholstery (bundled with heated seats), a sunroof, an upgraded audio system with an in-dash CD/DVD changer, a rear entertainment system and the MyGIG multimedia system, which offers navigation, MP3 file storage/playback and Bluetooth functions via a central touchscreen. Class III towing preparation is also available.

performance & mpg

Standard on the Nitro SXT and SLT is a 3.7-liter V6 rated for 210 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on SXT models; a four-speed automatic is optional on the SXT and standard on the SLT. The Dodge Nitro R/T alone comes with a 4.0-liter V6 engine good for 260 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard with this engine.

All versions of the Nitro are available with either rear-wheel drive (2WD) or four-wheel drive (4WD). Nitro 4x4s have a part-time system with high- and low-range gearing, though this model's suspension tuning and tire options are both heavily street-oriented. Properly equipped, the Nitro can tow up to 5,000 pounds regardless of drivetrain.

Fuel economy is not a strong point for the Dodge Nitro no matter which engine you choose. On 2WD models, you're looking at 2008 EPA ratings of 16 mpg in the city and 21-22 mpg on the highway. Opt for 4WD and the figures dip slightly to 15 mpg city, 20-21 mpg highway.

safety

Antilock disc brakes, traction control, stability control and full-length side curtain airbags are standard on the 2008 Dodge Nitro. The stability control system includes a trailer sway control feature. Rear parking sensors are optional. In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Nitro earned a perfect five stars for all frontal- and side-impact categories.

driving

Acceleration is adequate with the 3.7-liter V6, but only when equipped with the 4.0-liter engine does the 2008 Dodge Nitro feel truly quick. We've timed a Nitro R/T at 7.7 seconds for the 0-60-mph run. The Nitro cruises quietly at highway speeds, and the ride is mostly comfortable as well, though soft suspension damping allows too much body motion over bumps. Handling around corners is unimpressive for a midsize SUV, as even the sporty R/T model exhibits slow steering and significant body roll. In keeping with the Nitro's modest handling limits, the stability control system is undefeatable and quick to intervene. The brake pedal has a long travel and a somewhat vague feel (typical of a trucklike vehicle), but stopping distances are convincingly short -- that same Nitro R/T tester stopped in 122 feet from 60 mph.

interior

Inside, the Nitro has a somewhat industrial feel, though faux aluminum accents brighten the place up a bit. Materials quality is average for this class, though a few plastics stand out as unacceptably low-grade. An upright seating position provides a good view out the front, and liberal use of soft cushioning makes it easy to get comfortable. Legroom is ample for adults in the backseat, though the bench is mounted too low for optimal comfort. There are 32.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat. The lift-over height is high for a midsize SUV, but the slide-out cargo tray in SLT and R/T models provides easier access when unloading groceries and luggage. With the rear seats folded, there are 65.2 cubic feet of cargo space available, about average for this class. The front passenger seat can also fold forward to aid in carrying long items. A 115-volt outlet is standard on the SLT and R/T, thereby enhancing the Nitro's usefulness at the campsite.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2008 Dodge Nitro.

IN LOVE WITH MY NITRO
mylesmommy, 8/22/2012
I fell in love with the Nitor at first sight and I havent had any big issues since I ourchased it brand new in 2008. I only have one child so I didn't need anything huge but I didnt want a golf ball this is perfect the gas milage is pretty good for an SUV. Its very fun to drive as it sits a little higher than other SUV's of the same size. I was in the army so off road diriving comes natural to me and my Nitro conforms to my semi wild life style. I wouldn't trade it for the world.
Great, Reliable SUV! Love it & buying a 2nd!
TheHeinels, 6/12/2016
Purchased this suv with 60000 miles on it, one owner. Currently has 140,000 miles and no major issues! It has been absolutely fantastic with upkeep (just brakes, oil changes and other routine maintenance). Nitro gets great gas mileage for an SUV (avg around 22mi/gallon combined city/hwy & I live in the mountains). Great snow driving vehicle, though I would prefer a 4-low option on the all wheel drive (it just offers 4 high). Biggest downfall was the radio, which stopped working after one year (easy to replace with aftermarket radio & speakers are still great), the cheaper plastic interior pieces which have taken quite a beating from my dogs (scratches, scuffs etc), and the low front end clearance due to plastic bumper, which really limits off road capabilities. Overall, it's been a great vehicle and we're looking to add a second one to our family!
Nickie's Nitro: I Luv My Truk!
gabroad, 1/16/2011
Bought my used Nitro 6 months ago and still in love with it. I drive alot; have already added 22k miles and it's still going strong. Though not too pleased with the quality of the cloth interior (seats will pick up water stains); I threw on some seat covers and kept it movin... Plan to invest in new seat coverings this summer. Overall, I am very happy with my truck and love its sporty look, spacious interior, easy handling and fair gas mileage.
In Love with my Nitro
GLo, 2/1/2010
Bought my Nitro used and absolutely in love with it. I've owned it for a month now and still can't wait to just get in it and drive. Mine has the 3.7 liter which will throw your head back when the pedal is pressed, but will make your heart stop when you see the gas gauge drop. Not used to the MPG for an SUV as I've always owned a car. The Nitro is great for long trips. Plenty of room for passengers and luggage. Just an all around great vehicle. Love my Nitro!
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Features & Specs

MPG
16 city / 22 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
210 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG
15 city / 21 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
210 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG
16 city / 22 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
210 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG
16 city / 22 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
210 hp @ 5200 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover3 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Marginal
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Poor
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2008 Dodge Nitro
Used 2008 Dodge Nitro SUV Overview

The Used 2008 Dodge Nitro SUV is offered in the following styles: SLT 4dr SUV (3.7L 6cyl 4A), SLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 4A), SXT 4dr SUV (3.7L 6cyl 6M), and SXT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M).

What's a good price on a Used 2008 Dodge Nitro SUV?

Save up to $192 on one of 7 Used 2008 Dodge Nitro SUV for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $4,900 as of08/16/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from3 to 5 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2008 Dodge Nitro SUV trim styles:

  • The Used 2008 Dodge Nitro SUV SXT is priced between $4,900 and$7,800 with odometer readings between 109686 and151920 miles.
  • The Used 2008 Dodge Nitro SUV SLT is priced between $4,999 and$10,777 with odometer readings between 78655 and132388 miles.

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