2009 Dodge CaliberMike - Los Angeles, CA11/26/2010
I bought the SXT trim for the 09 Dodge Caliber and love it. While it does not have a high number of horses, it gets plenty of power for the size and weight of the vehicle. There is plenty of room inside, and that's coming from a sizable person. The CVT transmission definitely helps with the mpg, as I've been averaging around 27 in mixed city/highway driving. Every seat folds flat with a hard plastic back for carrying cargo without worrying about hurting the cloth part of the seats. The one problem I've had is rear visibility is reduced with the styling of the car, with large pillars in the front and back.
On balance, OK
2009 Dodge Calibermiser1 - South of Atlanta03/18/2012
The Dodge Caliber presents well during test drive and handles efficiently on the street. The interior layout is great for the driver, with all controls well placed. The center-mounted stick takes a little getting used to. The rear hatch opens wide and the deck is flat to the opening, making loading and unloading a breeze. The ride is smooth and the engine-assisted braking is another "get used to" point, slightly different judgement needed when stopping. The only negative: it is already starting to make odd noises, possibly in the transmission. Will have to take a look, or have a qualified mechanic provide an appraisal.
In all, not a bad ride. Makes a good short haul, ride-to-work, and to-market-and-back utility vehicle.
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