2010 Dodge Caliber vs. Its Competition

2010 Dodge Caliber RT
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

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.

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Quick Specs
7.4
The 2010 Dodge Caliber has room to spare for adults-but it's short on refinement, value, and safety equipment.
8.4
Fun, fun, fun: Kia tries a little Soul on for size, and it fits.
8.4
The 2010 Mazda3 engages drivers like few other compact cars, though a little more room and less noise couldn't hurt.
7.2
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.
7.8
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    
$16,880$13,300$15,345$17,495$17,620
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
Engine    
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
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Hatchback5dr Wgn4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan2 Door HB
Transmission    
ManualManualManual w/ODManualManual w/OD