Pros Agile, quick off the line (4.0 engine), tremendous traction in the winter
Cons Needs more cupholders; cruise control in poor location
Summary Was hesitant about buying this SUV with all the negative comments (cheap interior, poor performance and gas mileage, etc) but went ahead anyway after Dodge offered huge rebates on their remaining stock of 2011's. Boy am I glad I went this route: This SUV is everything I thought it'd be... and more! I've had Explorers, Libertys, Jeep Wrangers, Grand Cherokees, etc. and the Nitro takes the cake as far as performance, handling and a sweet-looking ride (with those low-cut side windows and monster 20" wheels/tires). I got 22 mpg at an avg 75mph on a recent freeway trip (with 400 miles on the odometer) and that's just fine with me. One caveat: Do not purchase this vehicle with the standard 3.7 engine--that's a dog. It's the same engine that's in the Liberty and that's a dog too--plus the Nitro's bigger and heavier so you are asking for a REAL DOG if you don't move up to the little-known 4.0 liter option. That's the same engine that Nitro used to install in their RT versions which were phased out (due to their $30,000+ retail cost and low sales).
If you want a BEST DEAL vehicle, pick up a 4.0 Nitro before they're all gone. 2011's likely the last year for these.