New standard features include the addition of the Decel Fuel Shut Off system (which improves mileage by cutting fuel during deceleration), front row active head restraints and an air filtration system. SE and SXT trims receive a six-speaker audio system, heated side mirrors and stain resistant seat fabric, while the SXT offers leather seating, a new body-colored grille and front air dam and an express up front passenger window. The R/T trim has been dropped.
Improvements to the Nitro's suspension include stiffer rear axle shafts, as well as retuned shocks, springs and anti-roll bars. New standard features include floor mats, Auto Unlock at exit and a rear dome lamp. The six-speed manual is no longer offered.
The 2011 Dodge Nitro has a split personality. On one side, the Dodge Nitro is like any mid-size crossover offering seating for five, available all-wheel drive and an affordable sticker price. Then there is the Nitro's more extreme side, which displays bold and boxy styling, vivid color choices and massive 20-inch wheels. Placed side-by-side with a Honda CR-V or Chevrolet Equinox, the untrained observers would probably be hard pressed to place the Nitro in the same league. And, although the Nitro threatens to cannibalize sales from family members Jeep Liberty and Dodge Journey, Dodge isn't worried, saying the Nitro has its own unique niche defined by its artful blend of size, styling and features.
By metaljacket on Thursday, May 21, 2009
overall rating 7 of 10rating details
"I bought the Nitro new and have really enjoyed this vehicle. It was my first new car. I needed something that was rugged and looked good. Since I live in the midwest in the Chicagoland area, the winters can be treacherous, so 4 wheel drive is essential. Also, having young kids, I needed something durable as well and something I didn't mind backing out of the garage. The Nitro has that youthful appeal with the style you expect out of vehicle in this price range. The ride is smooth and with the right features makes this a vehicle for anything you want to do, from hanging out at the beach, grabbing your snowboard and hitting some snow and even taking the family on a picnic. I also enjoy the fact that there is plenty of space for packing stuff on a roadtip. The electrical outlet in the back of the front cosole is a big plus for the kids when they want to plug in their dvd player. The milage is good for an SUV but like everyone else, I'd enjoy it if I could more milage out of any vehicle today. I am happy with my Nitro and look forward to future road trips while styling and profiling."
25 people out of 25 found this review helpful
By kt on Saturday, September 22, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great fun to drive."
Cons: "Huge front windshield posts create blind spots."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Comfortable and very road worthy. I can sit in this car all day long and not become tired or uncomfortable. Have made 5 trips from Phoenix to San Francisco with it and it is awesome. Plenty of room and ride is suprisingly smooth for an SUV. Doesn't handle like truck it is very stable. cornering is great. Average highway fuel mileage is approx 23 mpg.Great sound system and sirius sat radio. Only negatives are a few blind spots on the front windshield posts. Have the 3.7 liter engine with 4speed transmission. Wish I had the 4.0 with the 5 speed. It isn't as quick as i would like but not bad."
7 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By JW on Thursday, February 21, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,000overall rating 3 of 10rating details
Pros: "No real mechanical issues, Roomy interior"
Cons: "Overpriced, Cheaply made, Engine has no power"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I bought my 2007 Nitro new and I wish I would have researched more when making a new vehicle purchase. This was the first year of this model and it seems they never worked out the kinks because they stopped production only a few years later. I had a recall within the first year and since I had that work completed I notice the engine has lost power. With a V6 engine it has NO pickup! I would also say it was way overpriced and has lost a lot of value in the 6 years I have owned it. All the trim is cheap plastic including the interior door handles which have snapped and broken on me 3 times now! My runningboards have cracked and the plastic trim on the roof has been lifting for years. I also have had to replace the tail lights several times. It seems the average life is about 6-8 months for each one. Overall I have had no real mechanical issues except for lack of power and pick up with the engine. It struggles going up a steep hill and I need to make sure I have plenty of room when pulling into traffic to get up to highway speed. The ride is comfortable and the interior is very roomy. It does well in the snow, but the "traction control" is a joke. All it does is make a sensor go off telling you you are sliding. I don't feel any assistance with it."
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful