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Dodge Caliber Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 172 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 23/28 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 Dodge Caliber

  • Though it doesn't quite live up to Dodge's "grab life by the horns" ad tagline, the Caliber has enough versatility and special features to make it a decent compact hatchback purchase.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Versatile interior, fuel-efficient powertrain choices, availability of all-wheel-drive system.

  • Cons

    Lackadaisical acceleration, many safety features are optional.

  • What's New for 2007

    The 2007 Dodge Caliber is an all-new compact four-door hatchback. Highlights include a versatile interior design, fuel-efficient engine choices and truck-influenced styling.

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Customer Reviews

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5 of 29 people found this review helpful

Dont buy it.

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Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Caliber R/T 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

This car is the worst car ever and dodge is an absolutely HORRIBLE company to have to endure if anything happens. Dont buy a dodge....



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Lots of water interior rear

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Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Caliber R/T 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I replaced my worn out Aurora with 197+ thousand miles on it at the end of Feb 2012. I purchased a used Dodge Caliber 2007 with 74,221 miles on it. It now has 75,690 miles on it. I guess the previous owner left out the little bit of information where the back & front passenger interior side floor leaks , and not just a little, inches worth. Then it takes forever to get it to dry and then it starts to stink to high heaven. I have been trying to find someone who will guide me to the spot that causes this leak so it won't cost me a small fortune to get it fixed. I also have discovered several other problems as well.




Money pit- factory rip off

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Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Caliber R/T 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

The transmission on my 2007 Caliber (90,000 miles)had a bad transmission solenoid - I research repair with transmission shops and dealers and found out that Dodge Chrysler does not provide the repair shops or the dealers with parts, except for a "factory rebuilt" transmission for $3,800.00. It's take it or push it off of our lot... this should have been an $800 repair or a rebulit transmission for approx $1,700 at worst. The dealer "Tempe Dodge, AZ did a sloppy job and it had to go back for another 2 days, for them to figure out where they went wrong...After owning Dodges for 28 years, this will be the last Dodge we will ever own...



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Costs a lot to maintain

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Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Caliber R/T 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I love this car - fun to drive, great fuel economy, and I can even fit my 9 ft surf board in it. However - it's expensive to maintain. I just hit the 60,000 mile mark and because the Caliber has a variable transmission it takes, "a special kind of transmission fluid" and has to be done at the dealership. So the 60,000 service is going to cost over $650. I also just replaced the tires and since the Caliber has an odd tire size (lower profile) there are only a few tire manufactures who make that size and I spent over $900 on new tires. I do plan to keep the car for awhile - I just wasn't expecting such large chunks of money going out for routine maintenance on non-luxury vehicle.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

She loves it

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Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Caliber R/T 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I bought this car in May of '06 for my wife and she loves it. The only issue we have had with the car is we had to replace the bushings for a squeak. I do wish the fuel mileage was better but it is better than my P.T. I did have to replace the tires early (25,000) but that was due to the dealership over inflating. The car runs and drive great and wife won't let me take her out of it.




Wondering

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Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Caliber R/T 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I have had my car for a year now and I am wondering why it fishtails when the car hits a dip or uneven payment? Is anyone else having this problem and how did you fix it. I have read the other reviews and it sounds like a lot of tire rods and arms have had to replaced. I think I need to have mine checked. I also have had to change tires since buying my car. I keep the scheduled maintenance. After reading reviews am worried about trade-in offers. I think I want to trade mine in. It scares me being so fishy. It makes me wonder what else is going on under the car with suspension.



Full 2007 Dodge Caliber Review

What's New for 2007

The 2007 Dodge Caliber is an all-new compact four-door hatchback. Highlights include a versatile interior design, fuel-efficient engine choices and truck-influenced styling.

Introduction

The new 2007 Dodge Caliber, going on sale in the spring of 2006, is a replacement for the now discontinued Neon and serves as the company's most affordable car. As a bit of a change-up, the Caliber is a hatchback/wagon, and there is no accompanying sedan version. It would seem that Dodge decided a compact hatchback would be a swell idea in light of America's recent and slightly elevated interest in smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles. The Caliber is not a hard-core fuel miser, though, and is instead a pretty normal-sized compact. It features an all-new chassis design, and is being built at DaimlerChrysler's retooled Belvidere, Illinois, plant. Dodge placed a priority on giving the Caliber a high level of versatility, style and safety.

The Dodge Caliber is pretty easy to identify thanks to its distinctive styling cues. Up front, it apes the look of Dodge's big Ram truck with its large headlights, crosshair grille and buff fender flares. Eighteen-inch wheels are available on the Caliber, which is unusually large for this class of car. Inside, one will find the basic hatchback formula of seating for five and a 60/40-split-folding rear seat. There are interesting additions, though, including a chilled bottle cooler in the glovebox, illuminated rings for the front cupholders, an iPod holder and optional liftgate-mounted speakers.

In just about every regard, the 2007 Dodge Caliber is better than the now departed Neon. And for most of the things compact hatchbacks are expected to do, the Caliber suffices well enough. But shoppers in this segment should be aware that there are many other interesting choices, such as the Mazda 3, the Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe twins, Volkswagen's Rabbit and even Chrysler's own PT Cruiser. Compared to these models, the Dodge strikes us as being quite mediocre in terms of performance, build quality and interior design. Buyers wanting a hatchback that entertains as well as hauling stuff are advised to check out other competing models or wait until the SRT version arrives later in the model year.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The Dodge Caliber is a compact four-door hatchback. Three trim levels are currently offered: SE, SXT and R/T. The SE is weekend newspaper ad fodder; it doesn't cost very much and doesn't come with very much. It has 15-inch wheels and a CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack, but features like air-conditioning or power windows and mirrors are optional. The midgrade SXT is a better choice. It comes with the aforementioned options standard, as well as 17-inch wheels, keyless entry, a 60/40-split rear seat that folds and reclines, a fold-flat front-passenger seat and a 115-volt outlet. The SXT can also be upgraded with options such as alloy wheels, a sunroof, leather seating, heated front seats, color-keyed instrumental panel trim, Bluetooth connectivity and cruise control. Dodge also offers upgraded audio choices in the form of a six-disc CD changer, a special MusicGate speaker package and satellite radio. The R/T trim is similar to the SXT in terms of equipment but also has 18-inch alloy wheels, sportier exterior trim pieces and a sport-tuned suspension and steering rack.

Powertrains and Performance

Three four-cylinder engines are available on the 2007 Dodge Caliber. Front-drive SE and SXT models come standard with a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine rated at 148 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque. A 2.0-liter engine is an optional upgrade; it makes 158 hp and 141 lb-ft of torque. The Caliber R/T is distinct in that it comes with a 2.4-liter engine good for 172 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque, and an optional all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. In terms of transmissions, the 1.8-liter engine comes paired to a five-speed manual only. The front-wheel-drive R/T also has a five-speed manual transmission. The 2.0 and R/T AWD come standard with a continuously variable transmission, which is typically more fuel-efficient than a traditional four-speed automatic. An SXT with the 2.0-liter engine has an EPA mileage estimate of 26 mpg city/30 mpg highway.

Safety

SE and SXT have disc brakes in front and drums in the rear. On these trims, an optional antilock braking system with brake assist comes bundled with the 2.0-liter engine and CVT. R/T models have four-wheel disc brakes and standard ABS. All Dodge Calibers come standard with head-protecting side curtain airbags for all outboard passengers. There's also a standard knee-blocker airbag for the driver. Front-seat-mounted side airbags, stability control and a tire-pressure monitoring system are optional and will be introduced late in the 2006 calendar year.

Interior Design and Special Features

Being a hatchback, the 2007 Dodge Caliber is well suited for most daily tasks. It can seat up to five people, though putting three adults in back will likely result in grumbles about a lack of comfort for the center passenger. The rear seat can be lowered to create a flat load floor, and the rearmost part of the cargo load area is made of vinyl for easy cleaning. With the seats lowered, the Caliber can carry up to 48 cubic feet of cargo. The front seat also folds forward on most models. Dodge is particularly proud of the ChillZone, a special cooled beverage box that's integrated into the glovebox on all Calibers equipped with air-conditioning.

Driving Impressions

CVTs are rare for this class of car. The CVT in the Dodge Caliber is the latest generation, and we suspect that many drivers won't notice any difference between it and a regular automatic. Only when one pins the throttle does the CVT's lack of distinct upshifts seem a bit odd, and it can make one a bit more aware of the engine's slightly thrashy nature. The Caliber has a smooth ride quality on city streets but rarely generates much excitement for the driver. For now, the most entertaining model is the front-wheel-drive R/T.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 23
  • cty
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  • 28
  • highway
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