This is truly a great car! It gets awesome fuel economy, and it drives great too! The sound system is great too because you get a factory subwoofer in the back! It sounds awesome! You wouldn't believe how much storage space this car has. It's a perfect mix between a car and a small SUV. Also, to my surprise, it drives really well on snow covered roads! The only bad thing about this car is the blind spot. When you are in reverse and have to look back behind you, sometimes its difficult to see. It's sometimes hard to see when you are changing lanes on the highway or interstate as well.
Excellent value for the money. The Caliber gets great gas mileage and, though it doesn't look like it from the outside, is very roomy. Handles very well and is very easy to drive.
We bought this car to replace a large SUV. With our oldest daughter in college now, we didn't need to haul five people around, just 4. We still wanted a car that would haul a lot of stuff if needed. This is a great hatchback. We can't imagine why anyone would want a trunk when you can have a hatchback. Easy in. Easy out. Seats fold flat. This car is a great balance of space, mileage and performance. We took the car to Florida this spring break (from Indiana) and we got 31 MPG on highway and 25 MPG around town. The car is solid and feels very safe. We saw reviews commenting on the lack of power. We just have not found that to be a problem. We never feel like we don't have enough power to enter traffic, pass at highway speeds, etc. No, we can't burn out at a stoplight, or beat a performance vehicle off the line, but then again, we don't care to do that. Final thought - comfort. We drove straight through from Tampa to Indy - 21 hours door to door with stops - and my back/behind/legs NEVER got tired or achy the whole way. VERY comfortable seats. So...we love our Caliber. (Okay, one more final thought) we liked the interior of the 2010 and newer over the interior of the 2009. Compare both. Maybe you'll like both, but we liked the 2010 much more. Better style and quality appearance.