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TheCarConnection.com has driven the 2010 Dodge Caliber to bring you this hands-on review that covers styling, performance, safety, utility, and features from on-the-road observations. TheCarConnection.com's editors also researched reviews from other sources to give you a comprehensive range of opinions from around the Web-and to help you decide which ones to trust. High Gear Media drove a manufacturer-provided Dodge Caliber to produce this hands-on road test.
- Roomy vehicle with useful flexibility
- Comfortable seats
- Entirely redesigned interior
- Innovative, unique optional equipment
- Noisy CVT automatic
- Unimpressive acceleration
- Average-to-mediocre fuel efficiency
In 2007, the Dodge Caliber debuted to replace the outgoing Neon small sedan. The 2010 Dodge Caliber is available in one body style, an aggressive-looking five-door hatchback. For the new model year, Chrysler's deleted the all-wheel-drive option, the optional turbocharged engines, and the SRT4 high-performance model. With a base price of $17,090, the Caliber competes against the likes of the Volkswagen Golf, the Kia Soul, the Mazda3, and the Subaru Impreza. The Caliber will be retired after the 2011 model year when Chrysler replaces it with a new vehicle based on products designed by Italy's Fiat Group.
The 2010 Dodge Caliber has a sporty hatchback look that seems tall and narrow from some angles, but overwrought from others. For 2010, the dashboard design and interior materials are brought up to par, with soft-touch plastics and judicious use of chrome trim.
Appearances can be deceiving, since the butch exterior you see when parked belies a tame and docile car in motion. The 2010 Caliber comes with a choice of two engines, both four-cylinders: 2.0 liters and 2.4 liters. The base SE and SXT versions have the 158-hp 2.0-liter four, while the 172-hp, 2.4-liter four is offered on the SXT and R/T. The top-of-the-line R/T performance model also gets four-wheel disc brakes and larger 18-inch wheels. Both engines can be ordered with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), but it encourages the engines to rev at their noisiest, and its performance is unimpressive. The Caliber has a decent ride but doesn't handle as nimbly as most small cars, and fuel economy is middling to below-par for the class. It is rated at 23/31 mpg for the base engine and five-speed manual gearbox, and 23/29 mpg for the larger 2.4-liter and manual. The CVT automatic-a transmission that's supposed to enhance fuel economy-delivers 23/27 mpg paired with the 2-liter, but a truly disappointing 21/25 mpg with the larger engine.