• (4.0) 27 reviews
  • MSRP: $4,188$13,472
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 18-19
  • Engine: 210-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5
2008 Dodge Nitro

Our Take on the 2008 Dodge Nitro

Our Take

Introduced for 2007, the Dodge Nitro SUV enters the 2008 model year with three new exterior colors and a few new features, including rear ParkSense parking sensors. Nitro competitors include the Nissa Xterra and Suzuki Grand Vitara.In addition to the newly optional parking sensors, the 2008 Nitro... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Trucklike ride quality
  • Spongy brake pedal feel
  • Small front footwells
  • Rear seats can't slide forward and back
  • Uncomfortable front seatbacks (leather seats)

Notable Features

  • Side curtain airbags
  • Standard stability system
  • Optional Load 'N Go sliding cargo floor
  • Optional 20-inch chrome wheels
  • Optional navigation system can reroute to avoid traffic


Our Expert Reviews

The Dodge Nitro compact SUV moves into its second year for 2008 with some heady competition - from its own parent company. Introduced just last fall, the Nitro actually is a version of the redesigned Jeep Liberty that arrives this fall. But as Jeep dealers roll out the Liberty, Dodge dealers want consumers to remember that the Nitro is available, too, and might be a better choice for consumers ... Read full review for the 2008 Dodge Nitro

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Consumer Reviews


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Great car

by Rascal from Grandview Tennessee on March 2, 2010

We took our Nitro to Maine and went by way of Vermont there was snow all over and we did not have a bit of trouble out of it And by the way it is not 4 wheel drive just 2 wheel and still went along gr... Read Full Review

4 Trim Levels Available

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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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