2011 Dodge Nitro Consumer Reviews

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2011 Dodge Nitro
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For all seasons and reasons!

by from Corfu, NY on March 13, 2011

My 2011 Dodge Nitro is the coolest vehicle we have ever owned. It is rugged, goes anywhere and draws much praise for its brutish good looks. I like the Tonka Truck reference I read. So true. My Nitro ...
My 2011 Dodge Nitro is the coolest vehicle we have ever owned. It is rugged, goes anywhere and draws much praise for its brutish good looks. I like the Tonka Truck reference I read. So true. My Nitro is a top end Shock model. A neat name for a 4x4 that trudges through sleet, snow, torrential rains & lots of mud. Yet it has a great disposition of being silky smooth, quiet, nice handling, fuel efficient & compliant on all road surfaces, off-roading, hilly terrain, woods, swamps & on broken pavement. The quality materials are impressive for what I thought would be simple, basic transportation. It is a hit with friends, family, children, teenagers & sophisticates! A valet at a favorite resort parked it in the very front with the best Bimmers, Mercedes, Porches, Range Rovers & Bentleys. It is unique in the best of ways. Of greater importance is that it can carry the family safely. Room? It has got plenty in the cabin & in the stow-away zone behind the rear seats. My only advice: Compare the 2011 Dodge Liberty with the similar for 2011 Jeep Liberty. It was a tossup for me. It came down to personal taste, looks vs. luxury & our family’s tight budget (to afford a loaded ’11 Jeep), as this is a second car. Being a “real Jeep” in its upscale grandeur (compared to the brutish Dodge 4x4), the 2011 Liberty Limited proved more posh. If not a secondary vehicle, I would have chosen the Liberty or perhaps the class leading ’11 Grand Cherokee Limited, Overland or Summit. The Dodge Nitro is just right, does everything perfectly & has a cachet all of its own. It is a winner through and through!
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Can't Beat the Nitro

by from Argyle, TX on December 30, 2010

Smoother ride than the Jeep Liberty, body style is one of a kind. Tough & sturdy, but with a luxurious look. Best in its class! Stereo systems sound awesome. Looks so nice with the standard "20" inch ...
Smoother ride than the Jeep Liberty, body style is one of a kind. Tough & sturdy, but with a luxurious look. Best in its class! Stereo systems sound awesome. Looks so nice with the standard "20" inch chrome wheels, low profile tires, and wide front chrome grill. Also comes standard with a 12V outlet, 1 year SIRIUS radio subscription, roof rails and water proof reversible trunk bed. Best price for a midsize SUV's
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Exceptional vehicle for the money

by from Virginia on April 12, 2011

I test drove every SUV on the market. They were either to big or to small. The Nitro was just right. I'm 6'4 and have no issues getting in the vehicle. The windshield may have been an issue in 2008, b...
I test drove every SUV on the market. They were either to big or to small. The Nitro was just right. I'm 6'4 and have no issues getting in the vehicle. The windshield may have been an issue in 2008, but it's not now. This is coming again from someone incredibly tall. The seats fold down flat, which is a great help. My 120lb german shepherd is happy with the seats folded down and I don't have to worry about his claws tearing the seats up. Fuel economy is decent. It's not great, but if you don't drive like a moron it shouldn't be terrible. It's equal to what my Mustang managed. Absolutely love the sunroof and gps. I'm still figureing out features. Eventually I will pull out the manual and read :) I'm a man and want a manly vehicle. The nitro has bold masculine lines. The drive is smooth. It can haul a lot and the price is perfect. Dodge is truly turning their image around. I've noticed no issues with road noise. The sound system is great. All in all it's an amazing vehicle.
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2011 Dodge Nitro R/T

by from Pittsburgh, PA on June 25, 2012

2011 Dodge Nitro R/T has the 4.0Liter 5 Speed Automatic. The one I bought came with Leather Interior, Heated Seats, Sunroof, My Gig Audio System, Titted Glass, 20" Aluminum Wheels. Nice features for t...
2011 Dodge Nitro R/T has the 4.0Liter 5 Speed Automatic. The one I bought came with Leather Interior, Heated Seats, Sunroof, My Gig Audio System, Titted Glass, 20" Aluminum Wheels. Nice features for the price, vehicle has a sport suspension and a rough ride for everyday commuting but handles better than other truck based SUV's. It has better throttle response and low down torque than other car like SUV's. The Nitro feels solid, but it does have it's issues. The build quality of Chrysler has gotten better but it is still not going to go heads up with the comporably equiped Toyota, Honda or Nissan. Compared to the Honda Pilot, it has better features, it felt better on the road, and had the same fuel mileage for $10K less. Fuel mileage is not as bad as I have heard, the sticker is about right, 16 in the City, 20 on the highway. Transmission shifted rough for the first 2K miles but has smoothed out considerably in the last few weeks.
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2011 Dodge Nitro

by from St. Louis on January 1, 2013

I am really in love with the Nitro. It suits me very well, it looks tough and it is extremely reliable. I definitely recommend it if you are in the market for a midsize SUV!
I am really in love with the Nitro. It suits me very well, it looks tough and it is extremely reliable. I definitely recommend it if you are in the market for a midsize SUV!
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Best SUV

by from Reno, nv on March 13, 2012

I was in the market for a new 4x4 family vehicle. I did research on all makes and models. I had a Ram1500 before and love the looks and the way it handled. I was originally looking to get the Durango ...
I was in the market for a new 4x4 family vehicle. I did research on all makes and models. I had a Ram1500 before and love the looks and the way it handled. I was originally looking to get the Durango but the price was too steep and the vechile was to much for my wife. The sales rep recommend the Nitro and we liked it form the start. We have had our 2011 Nitro for just over a month and love the SUV. the looks are just great and the 20in rims make the vehicle look tough, but it has a smooth ride. the sound system is awesome.
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nice vechicle

by from se. indiana on July 2, 2011

4.0 has good power with close to 20mpg. ride is average for a 4 -wheel drive vechicle. looks are great and useablity of features are great! we love Nitro for daily transpertation on all types of roads...
4.0 has good power with close to 20mpg. ride is average for a 4 -wheel drive vechicle. looks are great and useablity of features are great! we love Nitro for daily transpertation on all types of roads.
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2011 Nitro Owner

by from broadview hts, ohio on July 12, 2015

This vehicle is performing very well, and no issues so far. Only thing I have noticed is the suspension could have been made more solid, it feels every bad bump and hole in the road. The 20" tires w/f...
This vehicle is performing very well, and no issues so far. Only thing I have noticed is the suspension could have been made more solid, it feels every bad bump and hole in the road. The 20" tires w/flashy rims are nice, but then again cost a little more when time to replace, the spare will need a rim as well 'cause they just come w/balloon. The back seat and cargo areas are awesome you have lots and lots of room, almost like a small delivery truck, yet it rides and looks really snazzy. The sound is very good. I did have the electric switch for the drivers side window replaced after about 3 years. Regular oil changes and routine maintenance, it goes fast and far. Acceleration is not like a sports car or anything, but it is good. These are the most comfortable car seats I have ever had (owned 7 cars - new) and very roomy and solid. Nothing major negative about this vehicle and good value over all.
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Consumer reports were wrong about this SUV!

by from Sibley, Louisiana on March 12, 2016

I was shocked how consumer reports put down this SUV! Before I bought my Nitro, I asked current owners about how they liked theirs. They were all positive reports. I wanted the optional red pearl pa...
I was shocked how consumer reports put down this SUV! Before I bought my Nitro, I asked current owners about how they liked theirs. They were all positive reports. I wanted the optional red pearl paint. It was a great buy for the equipment it has. I got the trailer package and the upgrade radio. It still looks new, after just 2 waxes, today, in 2016. I have had no problems at all. No recalls. just regular oil changes and tire rotations. It has plenty of power with the 3.6 v-6. It only takes half a accelerator pedal to get up to interstate speed. I've never put the gas to the floor. Gas mileage is 18-24. It handles and breaks just fine. Comfort is fine. I drove it 12 hours one day and didn't bother me. The only things I don't like is their isn't an assist handle mounted for the front passenger, and the dash is so plain! I added a wood kit to solve that. I sure wish they still made them. I'd buy another one today!
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Perfect Jeep Companion!

by from Bolton Landing - New York on May 23, 2011

I have owned Jeeps since college. Our family vehicle is a Grand Cherokee Overland Summit. I drive a four door Wrangler, the Unlimited. When my wife's 2007 Jeep Liberty reached 180,000 miles, we chose ...
I have owned Jeeps since college. Our family vehicle is a Grand Cherokee Overland Summit. I drive a four door Wrangler, the Unlimited. When my wife's 2007 Jeep Liberty reached 180,000 miles, we chose a 2011 Dodge Nitro from the same Chrysler-Jeep and Dodge-Ram dealership that has treated us so well for decades. The Nitro does everything well. It is rugged, bold and as capable as a Wrangler while offering an excellent dose of sophistication on-road needed for my wife's long commute from our woodland camp to her position as emergency room nurse practitioner a rather long distance away in an often snowy climate. Our likes: smooth ride, extraordinary handling, comfortable seating for driver and passangers, room for antiques, luggage or cargo, many creature comforts and stellar intuitive navigation, climate control and entertainment systems. Mileage is another strong suit for such a power SUV and roomy conventional sport utility vehicle. Issues: None, but a panoramic sunroof would be a great option. The sun and moonroof on our Nitro slides/tilts but the panorama style of our Grand Cherokee Jeep is something the children love when riding in the spacious rear.
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