2011 Dodge Caliber Review

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The Caliber is the most affordable model in Dodge's lineup, but it's never had much straightforward appeal to either commuters or families on a tight budget.

Overall, the 2011 Dodge Caliber does have many of the makings of a decent family vehicle—including a high utility hatchback design, well-designed seating, some innovative features, and a relatively low price—and that earns it a 6 out of 10, despite a number of issues including cabin noise, subpar materials, and unimpressive safety scores.

The Caliber is a little chunkier than most hatchbacks, yet too low to really be called a crossover—and to further complicate things, it shares its underpinnings with the Jeep Compass crossover.

Flexibility, versatility, and utility are what the Caliber does well. Its interior design is actually quite well done, with seats that fold forward easily, plenty of storage cubbies for smaller items, good front seats, and enough space in back for a couple of extra adults to catch a ride across town. Ride quality is pretty good, too, but road noise isn't well masked. Also, take a closer look at any of the interior appointments—or give them a knock with your knuckles—and you're bound for disappointment, even though Chrysler has made some efforts to improve them in recent years.

All the basics are covered with respect to the Caliber's performance; both the 158-hp, 2.0-liter or 172-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines move this compact quickly enough, but performance is unimpressive overall compared to most other vehicles of its size (and price). If you like a manual gearbox, we recommend it; many Calibers on the lot will have the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which brings out more engine noise. Gas mileage is puzzlingly low throughout the lineup, with the base engine and five-speed manual barely breaking 30 mpg on the highway (31) and the larger engine getting 21/25 mpg.

Even though the Caliber's design is dated, it's still close to the leading edge in features—including some innovative ones like the ChillZone cooled glove box and a rechargeable flashlight that clips into the hatch. The top SXT trim even includes a 115-volt outlet. A DVD entertainment system, upgraded audio with liftgate speakers, and hard-drive audio storage are also available, and new this year is a navigation system with real-time traffic and travel info.

For more about the 2011 Dodge Caliber, including pictures, specs, and related news, see the review over at The Car Connection.

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April 19, 2016
2011 Dodge Caliber 4-Door HB Express

I will never recommend this car

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I bought it brand new in 2011.but 3 years later it started giving me issues.from clutch problems to electric issues etc.I'm only driving it to work.less than 100000 km but as sick as an old old car.i'm so... + More »
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March 22, 2015
For 2011 Dodge Caliber

Spacious for a large family

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Had it for only 4 years but giving me so many problems.noise on the road,gearbox issues, clutches etc...
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August 15, 2015
2008 Dodge Caliber 4-Door HB SXT FWD

Good car - Until you hit 60,000 km

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I bought a used 2008 Dodge Caliber about 4 years ago. When I bought it, I loved it. It was the perfect car for me. The Caliber has a good amount of space and its a good little car if you're not looking into... + More »
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