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Available swing-down tailgate speakers
Car and Driver
Newly available for 2009 is Chrysler's uconnect multimedia suite
An air conditioned compartment in the glove box
Recently, Dodge made a push to capture the growing market segment that emphasizes in-car features above most other purchasing criteria. To that end, Dodge packed the 2009 Dodge Caliber with an array of exclusive, though not always practical, features.
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com reveal many desirable features on the Dodge Caliber lineup, though the base Dodge Caliber is understandably lighter in this department. All 2009 Dodge Caliber models come equipped with a "tilt steering wheel...AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, outside-temperature indicator" and "rear defogger," according to ConsumerGuide. Cars.com also notes that "standard illuminated cupholder rings" are included on the Dodge Caliber. Moving up the trim levels, Edmunds states that the Dodge Caliber SXT comes with "17-inch wheels, keyless entry, cruise control," and a "115-volt outlet." ConsumerGuide reports that the Dodge Caliber R/T ups the ante with "heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel w/radio controls, Boston Acoustics AM/FM radio w/in-dash 6-disc CD/MP3 changer [and] liftgate speakers," while the SRT4 throws "driver-seat lumbar adjustment" into the mix. Dodge Caliber SXT and higher trims also get a cooled glove box for keeping drinks at the proper temperature, although Car and Driver reviewers say it is "of dubious functionality."
The lengthy options list for the 2009 Dodge Caliber holds some very desirable options, most of which are grouped into packages. For those prone to spilling in their vehicles, MyRide.com says the Dodge Caliber can be equipped with "YES Essentials cloth upholstery that Dodge says is odor, stain and static resistant." ConsumerGuide reports that some of the more noteworthy options packages are the Sun/Sound Group on the SXT, which includes a "Boston Acoustics AM/FM w/in-dash 6-disc CD/MP3 changer, liftgate speakers," and a "power sunroof," while the Kicker/SRT Livin' Loud Audio System package on the SRT4 brings all that and "satellite radio." Chrysler also offers a MyGIG multimedia system, but Car and Driver advises it "probably isn't worth the money, especially if you already have a digital audio player such as an iPod." On the positive side, the Dodge Caliber does have an available power sunroof and DVD entertainment system as stand-alone options.
The 2009 Dodge Caliber is available with a wealth of features, but most of them will cost you quite a bit.