• kent Posted: 5/17/2011 5:05pm PDT

    i have boght my lovely caliber one week ago,, i have looked many internet sites before ALL SAYS ITS UGLY, but when ii bought it everybpdy says to what alovely car you have,, so dont believe the net sites and cars reviewers,, its agreat agreat car its american car not jap...en..es

  • Russ Posted: 4/1/2011 5:08pm PDT

    Just bought a 2010 2.0 Dodge Caliber, me and my wife love this car. Only cost me 45 dollars to fill it up and it last about a week and a half. I have a 50 mile round trip commute to work. It's awesome.

  • fb_551035522 avatar Adriane Posted: 8/22/2010 7:46pm PDT

    I don't know about the 2010, but my 2008 SXT is the love of my life. Had to special order it to get a manual and 1.8 L for mileage, consistent 36 mpg on the highway. I also got heated seats (Wyoming, where the FWD conquers 8 months of winter), sunroof, Sirius, mp3 jack (Caliber has a GREAT stock sound system), 120v outlet (LOVE), seat configuration kicks ass (I can stuff my entire kayak in). It's 2.5 years old now, 40k miles. One complaint: noisy cabin. I got the beige interior and love the plastic, feels comfortably industrial, easy to clean. My fun, paid-off car looks and runs brand new. Beats paying $5k more for the equivalent Compass, which looks like hell, or the Matrix, Vibe, Outback, etc., all of which I drove and priced first.

  • Keith Posted: 4/18/2010 8:59pm PDT

    I agree with Bill. The Caliber gets such bad press but I happen to love the one I have, I test drove a Saturn Vue, Nissan Versa, Cube, Murano, and Ford Escape, The Caliber was very smooth, and very fun to drive, it's roomy, feels solid and has a ton of ammenities like bluetooth, heated seats, etc. Ultimately I bought the Caliber. You see mixed feelings on all these sites but I would agree with the previous post. Drive it before you write it off...

  • Bill In SD Posted: 9/20/2009 11:13pm PDT

    I don't know how the EPA drives these cars when they test the mileage...
    I have owned a 2008 SXT with the 2.0 and CVT and I've always gotten 28 to 29 MPG combined. About 1/3 city, 2/3 highway. This is substantially higher than the 27 MPG highway this car is supposed to get.
    The CVT does allow the engine to rev freely when driven hard to keep the engine in the peak power/RPM range, and perhaps this is how they got such bad numbers for this car.
    I do go easy on the gas, and perhaps this is how I have done so much better.
    I love the Caliber. Very roomy and the CVT is smooth as silk... RPMs sit right at 2K, from off the line, all the way to 60 MPH. No jerky shifting/winding through the gears with the CVT. Like a magic carpet ride.
    Give one a test drive before you write this car off. You may be surprised.

  • Fred H. Posted: 9/2/2009 6:46am PDT

    Short term memory does not place the blame where it belongs. Daimler's people told the Chrysler people to let Mitsubishi do the engineering work on both the compact & midsize platforms, since "Americans can't do small cars."
    The result: The Avenger, Sebring, Compass, Patriot, Calibur, Galant, Outlander, and Endevor are all horible or uterly average vehicles.
    Yet rarely to you ever hear much criticism of Mitsubishi's work, it always seems to come down to "Americans can't build good cars".

  • John Voelcker Posted: 9/1/2009 8:22am PDT

    @OliverD: Thanks for the comment. Article has been fixed to correct. Appreciate your eagle eyes!

  • Bill Burke Posted: 9/1/2009 8:19am PDT

    I've often maintained that if the Caliber were a part of a LINE of compacts by Dodge then it would have had broader apeal and been better recieved. The Caliber is a result of Daimlers narrow thinking that Dodge should only offer SUVs and trucks. The Germans did not appreciate or fully understand the Dodge brand or demographics. To this day foreign manufacturers have trouble grasping the America Performance market. Dodge is first and foremost a PERFORMANCE brand. It's Charger inspired trucks like the "Rumble Bee" that make the Ram stand above Chevy and Ford. It's the legacy of Ramchargers, Super Bees,Challengers and HEMI Darts that inspirers the Dodge buyer, even if they drive a minivan. The techno-bean counters at Daimler never went cruising on a Saturday night in a Charger R/T. The cheap interiors, poorly designed Nissan "slush box" and the general bias of the auto press against Chrysler led to the Calibers' disapointing sales and damaged reputation. Lets hope this re-fresh helps until the Fiat influence kicks in with a company that seems to get Dodge. See it's easy, it's a uniquely American Alfa Romero, almost, but not exactly,kinda,sort of......

  • OliverD Posted: 9/1/2009 7:57am PDT

    The article is incorrect. The SRT4 model was FWD. AWD was optional on lesser models but not available on the SRT4.