There are many more good hatchback entries on the market today than when the Caliber first launched five years ago.
The Volkswagen Golf and Mazda3 have a little less passenger space, but they're more exciting to drive and better in most other respects.
The 2012 Mazda3 can now also be had with new SkyActiv powertrains that allow up to 40 mpg.
Another alternative is the new Ford Focus, which is offered in a four-door hatchback and is very stylish inside and out, as well as appointed with breakthrough features such as MyFord Touch.
The Toyota Matrix is a taller hatchback alternative, and while it offers a lot of versatility and cargo-friendliness, its back seat space is tight.
Finally, one other all-new model, and one that's perhaps closest to the Caliber in concept, is the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport; like the Caliber, the Outlander Sport has a roomy interior, gas mileage that's unremarkable, and a CVT that's not an ideal companion; however, the Mitsubishi has somewhat more impressive interior materials and handles a bit better.
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|2012 Dodge CaliberBrowse Used Listings||2012 Ford FocusBrowse Used Listings||2012 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings||2012 Mitsubishi Outlander SportBrowse Used Listings||2012 Toyota MatrixBrowse Used Listings||2012 Volkswagen GolfBrowse Used Listings|
|23 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I5|
|Small Station Wagon||Compact||Compact||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Small Station Wagon||Compact|
|4-Door HB SE||4-Door Sedan S||4-Door Sedan Manual i SV||2WD 4-Door Manual ES||5-Door Wagon Manual L FWD (Natl)||2-Door HB Manual PZEV|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Hatchback||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||Sport Utility||5 Door Wagon||2 Door HB|
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|2012 Dodge Caliber vs. 2012 Ford Focus||2012 Dodge Caliber vs. 2012 Mazda MAZDA3||2012 Dodge Caliber vs. 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport||2012 Dodge Caliber vs. 2012 Toyota Matrix||2012 Dodge Caliber vs. 2012 Volkswagen Golf|