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Newly available for 2009 is Chrysler's uconnect multimedia suite
Available swing-down tailgate speakers
Car and Driver
With drivers spending more of each day in their cars, Dodge pushes to appeal to the growing number of owners who prioritize in-car features above other purchasing criteria. So the 2010 Dodge Caliber is packed with various exclusive, though occasionally impractical, features.
The base Dodge Caliber is understandably the least well equipped of the range. All 2010 Dodge Caliber models come 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."
An $1,130 Sport Appearance Package on the SXT includes steering-wheel mounted audio controls, a soft tonneau cover, a popular-equipment group package along with special interior trim, a Boston Acoustics AM/FM radio with in-dash 6-disc CD/MP3 changer and nine speakers-including two that swing down from the liftgate for those impromptu parking-lot parties-and fog lamps.
ConsumerGuide reports that the Dodge Caliber R/T ups the ante with "heated front seats" and "leather-wrapped steering wheel w/radio controls." It also features 18-inch wheels that are unique to the R/T. Both the Dodge Caliber SXT and R/T also get a fold-flat front passenger seat and remote keyless entry.
The lengthy options list for the 2010 Dodge Caliber holds some very desirable options, most of which are grouped into packages. For those prone to spilling in their vehicles, Dodge offers YES Essentials cloth upholstery that it says is odor, stain, and static resistant. A ChillZone cooled glove box for keeping drinks at the proper temperature is also offered, although Car and Driver reviewers deem it to be "of dubious functionality." More useful is a rechargeable LED flashlight. Also available as stand-alone options: a power sunroof and DVD entertainment system.
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." Chrysler also offers a MyGIG multimedia system, but Car and Driver cautions that it "probably isn't worth the money, especially if you already have a digital audio player such as an iPod."
The 2010 Dodge Caliber is available with a wealth of features in an array of combinations, but most of them will cost you.