The Dodge Nitro SUV's attractive exterior looks powerful, setting expectations for rugged performance.
The Nitro has a good amount of cargo capacity at 75.6 cubic feet, and this SUV can tow a fairly heavy load.
Most critics panned the Dodge Nitro SUV, as it doesn't outperform competition in any area.
Gas mileage is lower than others in its class, getting only 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway from the 3.7 liter V-6 engine.
Acceleration is slower than expected, as the 210 horsepower does 0-60 in 8.5 seconds.
Steering and handling fall behind other SUVs, as they are neither precise nor particularly responsive. Driving the Dodge Nitro SUV is more like driving a box truck than an SUV, making it fairly unappealing.
The suspension needs significant work, as the front feels every bump - especially when speeds are on the lower end.
Interior materials give a cheap feel, making it hard for the Nitro to compete with vehicles that offer more luxury at a lower price.