2012 Dodge Caliber vs. Its Competition

2011 Dodge Caliber
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

An all-new vehicle will replace the Caliber next year.

2011 Dodge Caliber2012 Dodge Caliber
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2012 Ford Focus2012 Ford Focus
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2012 Mazda MAZDA3 with SkyActiv2012 Mazda MAZDA3
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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2WD 4-door CVT SE Angular Front Exterior View2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
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2011 Toyota Matrix2012 Toyota Matrix
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2012 Volkswagen Golf 4-door HB Auto Angular Front Exterior View2012 Volkswagen Golf
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Quick Specs
The 2012 Dodge Caliber offers a good deal in terms of space, versatility, and features for the money, but you might not find much else to like.
With the 2012 Focus, Ford shows that small cars don't have to feel so banal, with charismatic compacts that are more satisfying to drive, more luxurious, and better-equipped.
With its new Skyactive powertrains, the 2012 Mazda3 is the eco-conscious choice that sure doesn't drive like one.
If you do most of your driving in the city, the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a pleasant, nimble runabout that offers strong value for the money.
The 2012 Toyota Matrix combines the frugality of the best-selling Corolla with a little more sportiness and versatility--but it still comes up a bit short in features.
The 2012 Volkswagen Golf feels like a premium vehicle, and it's priced like one too, especially its fuel-efficient TDI edition.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
23 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I5
EPA Class     
Small Station WagonCompactCompact2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Station WagonCompact
Style Name     
4-Door HB SE4-Door Sedan S4-Door Sedan Manual i SV2WD 4-Door Manual ES5-Door Wagon Manual L FWD (Natl)2-Door HB Manual PZEV
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Hatchback4 Door Sedan4 Door SedanSport Utility5 Door Wagon2 Door HB
Detailed Spec Comparison
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