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2010 Dodge Caliber vs. Its Competition

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The Volkswagen Golf, new for 2010, offers three- and five-door versatility, an interior whose quality belies a base price below $17,000, and solid European handling-not to mention a clean-diesel option rated at 42 mpg highway.

Starting at just $13,300, the funky Kia Soul, also new for 2010, is a great value for money, with tons of standard features, excellent safety equipment, and a spacious interior.

The sporty Mazda3, new for 2009, offers the handling and performance credentials the Caliber only pretends to have.

And the Subaru Impreza, also new in 2009, offers five-door hatchback and four-door sedan models that come standard with all-wheel drive.

Any of these vehicles is likely a more appealing choice than the aging Caliber.

2010 Dodge Caliber RT2010 Dodge Caliber2010 Kia Soul2010 Kia Soul2010 Mazda32010 Mazda MAZDA32010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i2010 Subaru Impreza2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI2010 Volkswagen Golf
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The 2010 Dodge Caliber has room to spare for adults-but it's short on refinement, value, and safety equipment.
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Fun, fun, fun: Kia tries a little Soul on for size, and it fits.
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The 2010 Mazda3 engages drivers like few other compact cars, though a little more room and less noise couldn't hurt.
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With its standard all-wheel-drive system, the 2010 Subaru Impreza automatically has a leg up over many of its rivals in the small car segment. Throw in its strong performance and safety credentials and the Subaru is hard to beat.
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The 2010 Volkswagen Golf/TDI feels more upscale than its competitors, and the diesel's exceptional fuel economy is an unexpected bonus in the class.
MSRP From    
$16,880Browse Used Listings$13,300Browse Used Listings$15,345Browse Used Listings$17,495Browse Used Listings$17,620Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage    
23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4-CylGas I5
EPA Class    
Mid-sizeSmall Station WagonCompactSub-CompactCompact
Style Name    
4-Door HB Express5-Door Wagon Manual4-Door Sedan Manual i SV4-Door Manual 2.5i2-Door HB Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Hatchback5dr Wgn4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan2 Door HB
ManualManualManual w/ODManualManual w/OD
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