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STYLING | 7 out of 10
Large, simple audio and climate controls are within easy reach
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Car and Driver
Tricks the eye into seeing a lower, sleeker shape
The bold, upright styling of the 2010 Dodge Caliber stands out on the road; it's unlikely to be mistaken for any other car, and it offers a truly American take on the hatchback. Upgraded for the 2010 model year, the interior is pleasant but far less distinctive.
Now in its fourth model year, the 2010 Dodge Caliber is available in three trims: Se, SXT, and R/T. The Los Angeles Times reviewer contends that the Caliber draws from "the bruised-knuckle machismo of the Durango and Magnum station wagon," while Car and Driver says "the look, echoed by Dodge's 'anything but cute' advertising tagline, is a purposeful departure from the Caliber's predecessor, the bug-eyed Neon." Road & Track calls the system "a two-box design a la Toyota Matrix," the now-discontinued five-door compact hatchback.
Its strong, look-at-me exterior is hard to miss, but the interior styling, new for 2010, is far less remarkable, although pleasant enough. The instrument panel, center console and storage bin, and door panel trims have been redesigned using higher-quality plastics, some of them "soft-touch." The center console now offers a padded armrest and a split lid over a larger storage bin. Cup holders are even illuminated by LED lighting, and Dodge is proud of the "bright accents" throughout the interior, including chromed surrounds for the heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning vents, the shift bezel, and the instrument cluster rings. ConsumerGuide points out that the "large gauges are easy to read," and TheCarConnection.com editors note that the center console is well laid out and within easy reach.
The 2010 Dodge Caliber is distinctive from a distance, but the new and improved interior is generic.