The Nitro looks expensive compared to many rivals and you won’t get much back when you come to sell it. Running costs will also be comparatively high: the manual-gearbox model averages a modest 32.8mpg and the auto 30.1mpg; plus, both versions emit enough carbon dioxide to put them in the top band for company car tax.
Dodge Nitro 4x4 quality & reliability
Step from rivals such as a Land Rover Freelander into a Nitro and you'd think you were in a much cheaper car; there's lot of unappealing hard grey plastic and the switchgear doesn't feel particularly classy. Even so, everything feels solidly screwed together and the styling is clean and modern. It's too early yet to comment on long-term reliability.
Dodge Nitro 4x4 safety & security
Every Nitro has a pair of front airbags and curtain airbags that cover the whole side window area. To help avoid an accident in the first place, there's a stability control system that includes a function to lessen the chance of the car rolling over. An alarm and deadlocks help to guard against theft.