Dodge's SUV is a less-than-nimble performer
Still, Nitro will get better mileage than most bigger SUVs, and it offers fans of those behemoths a reasonable step down in deference to the new reality of higher fuel prices.
If the Nitro package - styling, size and performance - appeals, I would suggest that you seriously consider one of the lower-tier models.
The SLT for example, the one-down choice, offers most of the good stuff of the R/T, you can get the YES Essentials upholstery, the smaller engine performs well enough, the ride quality isn't quite as harsh, and you'll save yourself some serious bucks too.
Brantford Expositor - Ontario, CA
Nitro Year: 2007 (1 of 91,815 sold in 07)
Nitro Model: R/T 4X4 Stone White
CAT-BACK Exhaust, CAI, Projector Head Lamps
Fully-Equipped w/all factory options