A Lot of Car for the Money
By tomfann on
2009 Dodge Caliber SXT 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
Most professional reviews of the Dodge Caliber complain it is underpowered, has mediocre handling, and has a cheap interior. My wife and I could not disagree more. Our car is a joy to drive! The CVT and 2.0L engine rapidly accelerate the car with turbine-like smoothness. The steering is quick and responsive. The ride is firm (though was stiff when new). The car handles very well; I can't detect any body lean going around corners. The controls are quite intuitive and well thought-out. The fit'n'finish is flawless. The interior is tasteful, restrained, very comfortable, and very high quality. We haven't yet found one manufacturing defect. 27 mpg in mostly city driving. We love our Caliber!
Small car but very roomy and versatile interior; driver's seat height adjustable; high ground clearance; 3 compartments in glove box; can plug mp3 player into sound system; front pass. seat folds flat for long cargo; easy to change oil; chair-height seats; cargo tie-downs; removeable cargo light
Separate locks on pass. door and cargo area; jointed door mirrors for careless drivers; locking gas tank door; gauge lighting (black numbers on glowing white background) not as good as Neon's (white numbers on black background); audio bass way too boomy (though some will consider this a plus!)