The Nitro was released at the height of the economic downturn of 2008. The Dodge brand needed a compact SUV model. Unfortunately, the Nitro was far from being a quality product, and it had many shortcomings. The engine was among the worst to be used in a crossover SUV at the time (via The Truth About Cars.
The Nitro was underpowered and critically panned for its boxy design. There was an R/T model that failed to catch any traction. The Nitro is a failure marquee for the Dodge brand and one of the worst Dodge models. Since it was discontinued, the Nitro has not been replaced by another vehicle in the Dodge lineup.