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2007 Dodge Nitro

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2007 Dodge Nitro Review

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According to Dodge, the Nitro is the automaker's first midsize SUV. Just like its Durango big brother, however, the Nitro straddles a line between two segments, competing on some levels with vehicles from both the compact and midsize SUV categories. The Nitro's niche in the marketplace isn't defined by its measurements, though, but by its bold, unique styling.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

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Compared to its car-based crossover competitors, the Nitro's more truck-like roots involve ride and handling compromises.

What's New for 2007

The Nitro offers buyers a dose of attitude in a category rife with "cute-utes."

Driving the Nitro

Driving Impressions Because the Nitro looks good, is versatile and offers a compelling array of interior features, we found ourselves wishing it had been built from scratch. As it is, the Nitro's...

Jeep Liberty-derived architecture demands sacrifices in ride and handling. Opt for the 260-horsepower V6, five-speed automatic transmission and tighter suspension of the R/T model, though, and it's easier to overlook those shortcomings. In models equipped with the smaller V6 and four-speed automatic, we often found ourselves wishing for either more power or another gear or two.

MyGIG Infotainment
This optional hard drive-based system includes navigation with real-time traffic information, MP3/WMA music and JPEG image uploading, a high-speed USB 2.0 port, auxiliary audio input, voice recognition, voice message recording and playback and Bluetooth hands-free cell phone connectivity.

LOAD 'N GO Cargo Floor
For easier loading and unloading, the Nitro is available with a cargo floor that slides out 18 inches over the rear bumper and can hold up to 400 pounds. Beneath it is a four-inch deep storage bin good for storing jumper cables or hiding a laptop.

2007 Dodge Nitro Details
2007 Dodge Nitro photo Interior

The Nitro's most novel interior feature is the available LOAD 'N GO cargo floor that slides out over the bumper for easier loading and unloading. Other features include reclining rear seatbacks and an available fold-flat passenger seat that makes it easier to haul longer cargo or work on a laptop computer (while parked, of course). In between the base cloth and available leather seating, Nitro offers an exceptionally durable and stain-resistant seat fabric dubbed YES Essentials. The interior styling is in line with that of recent Dodge vehicles and includes a perceptible amount of average-grade plastics.

Exterior
2007 Dodge Nitro photo

Without question, the Nitro's calling card is its distinctive, squared-off exterior styling that includes the familiar crosshair grille, a clamshell-style hood and decorative side vents. The top-level R/T model is distinguished in part by a body-color grille and standard 20-inch chrome wheels, while base SXT models get dark, unpainted bumper fascias, moldings and fender flares.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base Dodge Nitro comes equipped with an AM/FM/CD sound system with an auxiliary input jack, air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, remote keyless entry, 115-volt power outlet, rear-window wiper/washer, cloth seats and 16-inch styled steel wheels. Standard safety equipment includes front and front-side airbags, plus an electronic stability control system that includes rollover mitigation.

Optional Equipment

The highlight of the Nitro's optional equipment list is the comprehensive MyGIG navigation, entertainment and communication system (see Favorite Features). Other key options include a six-disc CD/DVD-Audio sound system, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, premium speakers, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, sunroof, leather seating, premium cloth seating and an outward-sliding cargo floor.

Under the Hood

While most Nitros feature a 3.7-liter V6 matched with either a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission, the R/T gets an exclusive powertrain consisting of a 4.0-liter V6 and five-speed Auto Stick transmission. Each combination is available in rear- or four-wheel drive, with automatic-equipped vehicles featuring a full-time four-wheel-drive system and manual models getting a part-time four-wheel-drive system. While its nature-loving Jeep Liberty cousin offers a low-range transfer case, the Nitro features an available "performance" suspension. Maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds.

3.7-liter V6
210 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
235 lb.-ft. of torque
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/24 (RWD manual), 18/24 (4WD manual), 18/24 (RWD automatic), 17/23 (4WD automatic)

4.0-liter V6
260 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
265 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/23 (RWD), 17/22 (4WD)

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2007 Dodge Nitro Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.8
Out of 10

Based on 376 Ratings for the 2007 - 2011 models.

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  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    8.0/10
  • Reliability
    8.4/10
    Performance
    8.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

love my nitro

By on Sunday, December 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "very sporty looks"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Searched for awhile for my 2007 Nitro R/T i only wanted a orange one . i found one with 49k miles i love everything about this car . 4.0 engine and auto trans has plenty of power for colorado mountains."

DON'T BUY!!!

By on Monday, November 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Good looks"

Cons: "Seriously underpowered & awful gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Nice looking & good in snow (only whilst in 4WD)...underpowered, horrible gas mileage, tiny interior, heat is touch and go, windows leak"

3 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Good Road Trip

By on Thursday, November 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,188

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Spacious, Comfortable, Visible, Good visibility"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"We drove from south Texas to central PA and back in this vehicle with 5 people in it and all of our stuff. It was very comfortable, drove nicely and safely."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Super happy... Until now!

By on Monday, October 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "looks"

Cons: "Falling apart at the seems around 40000 miles"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I bought this vehicle le in 2011 and was so in love with the tough look and design. First trip discovered no cruise control. Weird who doesn't have cruise control? The shiny finish off the door handles started chipping and the steering wheel is falling apart. The back gate latch malfunctioned and was saved under warranty. Then BAM! In one week ac went out ($1200 quote) water pump broke and sticks when gassing. All brakes started to squeak and need new tires... I know it's routine but how much am I willing to put into a car that has lost HALF it's value in three years! Sorry but I will take my loss and get out while I can!"

9 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Best vehicle ever

By on Thursday, October 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought the Nitro new. It's great cruising or driving in the winter snow. It's never let me down. It's very well built and it looks fantastic. I really baby it to keep it looking good. I have had a lot of compliments on it. I used to be a Chevrolet man back in the seventies but this vehicle is better that any chevy I ever owned."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

This vehicle was excellent for my use.

By on Wednesday, October 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 111,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The remote start was great, for both cold or hot weather. Sound system wonderful sound. Tow package with shift indicator worked great. Excellent ride foe a four wheel drive"

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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