2007 Dodge Nitro Review
The Nitro offers striking style and class-leading towing capabilities, but can't match the value or on-road performance of others in its class. If you're in the market for an affordable small SUV, you might also consider the Toyota FJ Cruiser and Honda Element for better on-road performance without sacrificing head-turning style.
The 2007 Dodge Nitro brings aggressive and head-turning exterior styling to the compact SUV class, but reviewers say it doesn't bring much else. "Most small SUVs are gentle creatures -- conservatively styled, car-based designs that aspire to deliver practicality, comfort and perhaps a touch of athleticism in an economical package. But leave it to Dodge to create a compact sport-utility that won't play nice with its peers," comments Edmunds. "Unfortunately, there's not as much substance as style." Reviewers agree that the Nitro lags behind competitors in handling and ride quality. Though it has some innovative interior features, reviewers say that the Nitro's interior suffers from the use of cheap materials.
Kelley Blue Book reports that "while the Nitro derives much of its appeal from its bold exterior styling, it still offers all the versatility of a typical compact/midsize SUV." However, "Compared to its car-based crossover competitors, the Nitro's more truck-like roots involve ride and handling compromises." Still, if the exterior styling of the Nitro appeals to you, there is no substitute at this price point. "Nitro works best as a style statement," notes Consumer Guide.
IntelliChoice has rated all versions of the 2007 Dodge Nitro as a "poor" value based on an analysis of overall cost-of-ownership compared to others in the class. The Nitro was noted for much higher than average depreciation, fuel costs, maintenance costs and predicted costs of repairs.