I had the exact same concern, as I test drove a Liberty a couple of years ago and foudn it WAY too small in terms of driver, passengers, and storage. I currently drive a 2003 Nissan Pathfinder LE, and test drove a Nitro SLT yesterday. The Nitro is a little bit smaller than the Pathfinder, but it is much closer to Pathfinder size than Liberty size. The Nitro is significantly bigger than any of the compact SUVs in addition to Liberty (RAV4, CR-V, Escape, etc.) and approaches the size of the other Mid-sizes (Grand Cherokee, Mits Endeavor, Acura MD-X). The Nitro doesn't have the 3d row seating that many other mid-size SUVs have, but if you don't need that, I think you'll be ok. The Nitro is also bigger than the crossovers, like the Niss Murano. I wanted to make sure the Nirtro was plenty big for our family, so we drove it for the entire afternoon. We have 3 young childrem, and were able to comfortably fit a rear-facing infant seat and two toddler booser seats in the back seat. We've also have 2 medium-sized dogs (65 lbs) who both fit comfortably in the way back. I'm about 6'3" and fit very comfortably in the driver's seat (with it all the way back). I also sat in the back seat behind the fully reclined driver's seat relatively comfortably (anyone shorter than me would have been plenty comfotable). In the driver's seat, I had a good 5"-6" of head room. If you get the sunroof this will probably bring it down to 2"-3". I parked the Pathfinder right next to the Nitro and compared driver, passenger, and storage spaces pretty closely. And, they were very comparable. I'd say the Nitro "fells" about 5% smaller than the Pathfinder all the way around. So, when you get in the Nitro, I think you'll feel like you're in a mid-size, not a compact SUV.Regulator said:Hello Everyone,
I'm new to this site. I am looking for any real world comparisons on this vehicle vs other midsize SUV's. Can anyone who's seen one in person compare it to another common SUV or Car? I really like the design but the fact that its based on the Liberty frame worries me. I'm a bigger guy and found that Liberty really tight and small. Thanks guys.