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2007 Dodge Nitro Interior

These scores and this review are from when the car was new.

Review Last Updated: 5/2/08

The interior of the 2007 Dodge Nitro strikes most reviewers as adequate, with some well-thought-out features, but also some cheap materials. "The interior styling is in line with that of recent Dodge vehicles and includes a perceptible amount of average-grade plastics," says Kelley Blue Book. Automobile Magazine offers a similar opinion, noting, "The Nitro's interior may mean well (clever packaging and a convenient layout are its strong points), but it also feels cheap enough that you find yourself wondering how long things will hold together."

The front seats and driving position are comfortable enough for most reviewers, but rear seat space is tight. The steering wheel tilts but does not telescope, while most competing vehicles do offer a telescoping steering wheel. A particularly well-liked feature is the cargo area, which features a slide-out tray that supports up to 400 pounds.

Seating

The driver's seat of the 2007 Nitro is well-received, though some had concerns about the small footwell. Edmunds reports that "the Nitro's front seats are comfortable (read: soft) and provide an upright driving position (which we like)." However, the Detroit News noticed "impeded leg room for the front passenger because of the location of the transmission tunnel." The upgraded leather seats impress some, with Cars.com commenting, "The leather-trimmed bucket seats are surprisingly soft; you sink into them rather than sit on top. The upper section of the backrests hit my shoulder blades uncomfortably, but otherwise the Nitro's front seats are easy to live with. More annoying are the impossibly small front footwells and the lack of a footrest for the driver's left foot."

Rear seat comfort is a concern for reviewers. "The second-row seat is a little uncomfortable on long hauls," complains the Detroit News, "and feels too much like a picnic bench." The Chicago Tribune elaborates: "What's a little surprising is that, despite 4 inches more than Liberty, Nitro's second-row seats don't have a lot of wiggle room. Good comfort up front, good stowage capacity in back, but none of those 4 inches was devoted to the comfort of those in the rear seat."

Stereo and Entertainment

The 2007 Dodge Nitro includes a standard six-speaker AM/FM/CD Stereo with MP3 input. SLT and R/T models add steering-wheel mounted audio controls. An optional upgrade, however, captured the attention of many reviewers. The available MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System stores up to 1,600 songs on a 20-gigabyte hard drive, offers navigation through a 6.5-inch screen that can also display photos and includes a USB port to allow easy upload of multimedia. It recognizes voice commands and can store voice recordings, and offers Bluetooth connectivity. Reviewers loved the system, including the Washington Post, which said, "It is the neatest, most useful infotainment system I've experienced in any car or truck at any price."

Cargo

Dodge engineers put considerable thought into the cargo area of the Nitro, and though it isn't unusually large, most reviewers were very impressed with its functionality. Cars.com reports that "the Nitro has 32.1 cubic feet of cargo room behind the second-row seats, which is the same as the Ford Edge but smaller than both the RAV4 and Honda CR-V. Folding the rear seats brings 65.2 cubic feet of space and is a straightforward process that doesn't require the two rear head restraints to be removed." What most impresses reviewers, though, is the unique sliding load floor. "The floor can roll 18 inches, extends over the rear bumper and holds up to 400 pounds,"says the Detroit News. "This makes it easier to haul heavy items, such as air conditioners. Beneath the panel is a storage area that is big enough to hold a laptop computer or smaller items." The Washington Post also offers praise, noting, "Using it relieves the strain of lifting heavy packages and wrestling them into place behind the rear seats. Simply pull the tray forward, lift your goods, put them on the tray, and shove it and your packages neatly into place. Bingo!"

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