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2010 Dodge Caliber - Quality Review

 
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Cargo space remains impressive for this category, but otherwise the 2010 Dodge Caliber is average at best, trailing the pack at worst.
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The interior space of the 2010 Dodge Caliber is a strong suit, along with its comfortable seats, but materials are middle-of-the-road, and build quality and long-term reliability remain suspect.

Cars.com describes the Dodge Caliber as a "five-seat, four-door hatchback," and while most reviews read by TheCarConnection.com describe it as a compact car, the interior is quite spacious and, at least in the front, comfortable. Up front, Car and Driver says "the seating position is high," a notable plus, and ConsumerGuide measures "ample headroom and legroom." In the rear, it's not quite as good: Edmunds reports that, although the seating capacity is five, "putting three adults in back will likely result in grumbles about lack of comfort for the center passenger." Unfortunately, "the cloth seats lack a lumbar adjuster, and thus are short on lower-back support."

Cargo storage is a major plus, with many reviewers citing this as one of the 2010 Caliber's strongest attributes. ConsumerGuide says the "cargo area is larger than that of a typical hatchback," and the Caliber's "removable plastic load floor is easy to clean, but [it] allows objects to slide around." Cargo capacity is a plus in the Dodge Caliber, with rear seats that fold down 60/40 to provide 48.0 cubic feet of stowage space. Interior storage is aided by "cubbies all over," according to reviewers at The Auto Channel, and Edmunds just calls the Caliber "pleasantly roomy and functional."

Overall space and a comfortable cabin rank as pluses for the 2010 Dodge Caliber, but they are likely outweighed by chronically poor build quality. Most Chrysler vehicles rate average or below average in long-term reliability.

The 2008 version of the Dodge Caliber was known for being quite unrefined and noisy, so for 2009 Dodge installed several new layers of sound insulation. The results, however, aren't that impressive; Motor Trend describes the Dodge Caliber as "coarse and crude," and Car and Driver simply notes that "the engine is buzzy." ConsumerGuide too reports "mediocre suppression of road noise." For 2010, the dashboard and console have been redesigned with better-quality plastics, addressing some of the more scathing comments aimed at prior model years of the Dodge Caliber.

Conclusion

Cargo space remains impressive for this category, but otherwise the 2010 Dodge Caliber is average at best, trailing the pack at worst.

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