2007 Dodge Caliber SXT 2.0

Summary:

A good quality, capable car at a reasonable price

Faults:

There have been no problems with the vehicle.

General Comments:

I wanted a solid commuter car that would give good fuel mileage at a reasonable price. It appears that Dodge has built that with the Caliber.

My fuel mileage for my 70 mile round trip commute (nearly all 55MPH 2 lane highway) is averaging 32 MPG (verified with a Scangauge). I expect that to increase some as the engine fully breaks in and I switch fluids to synthetic. I can get 34MPG with my wifes Subaru Outback Sport when I take it to work and drive carefully, so that should be doable with the Caliber.

I'm 6'3" and find the cabin very comfortable. I like the brightness of the interior materials-the previous vehicle had black leather and it felt like a dungeon at times. Seats are comfortable and tend to sit higher than many cars. For me it's a more comfortable seating position. It feels more spacious than the Cherokee did, but that may be an illusion.

There is plenty of headroom and with the seat all the way back I have to stretch to reach the steering wheel and pedals. The controls are well laid out, but I think the small buttons for the rear window defrost, AC and air recirculation could have been better located.

The interior also has some nice touches. I like the cell phone holder and the adjustable center arm rest. I don't expect to use the "chill zone" beverage cooler, but it's a good idea for those who would. I like the lighted cup holders.

I have no problem seeing out the back window, but my wife doesn't care for it. The rear window is a little small, but it doesn't bother me.

The engine seems to be well matched to the CVT transmission. The sound of the engine is difficult to get used to-I still expect to have it shift at times. But it seems to work well and the newer CVT's seem to be pretty reliable. I like the simplicity of the engine bay. I do most of my own maintenance and this should be easy to work on.

Overall it's a very competent car. I don't expect it to perform like a sports car or ride like a Lexus. The interior is a bit spartan, but I prefer that. The interior materials are decent, but not Lexus or Mercedes quality. However I didn't pay a Lexus or Mercedes price either. All in all I like the car and hope that it will prove reliable in the long run.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2007

31st May 2009, 03:56

I have a Caliber and I average 33mpg on a regular basis. I do, however, do all highway driving. I have 112K on my 07 Caliber (I'm in sales) and can say that nothing has gone wrong with this car. I enjoy it very much and hope to get about 200K out of it, and then trade it for another one :)

2007 Dodge Caliber SXT 2.0L GAS

Summary:

Great Buy

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

This car has been a great performer, don’t have nothing to complain about at this point. Been driving this car for about 4 months, and love every thing about.

Fuel economy is what I expected.

Looks like Dodge has hit the mark with the Caliber.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st April, 2007

2007 Dodge Caliber SXT 2.0 liter

Summary:

Fantastic car... love it!

Faults:

Nothing, I just bought it yesterday.

General Comments:

I love this car. The style is awesome. I used to drive our Isuzu Ascender, which my husband will drive now. I never thought I would go back to a car from an SUV. However, I don't think I have sacrificed anything by changing my mind on this. It's like a smaller muscle car, in appearance. It actually looks tough, and I don't feel like I'm in a little bubble on wheels, like my mom's Nissan Versa or my friend's Mini. I love the interior and all of the extras and the roomy interior. I'm tall with long legs and have more room behind the wheel than in my old SUV. I can't wait to drive it home today.

We traded in our Land Rover Discovery 2 which was so expensive anytime we had to fix or replace something. Unbelievable. Also, the thing was a gas-guzzler. People loved it, but my wallet didn't. The Caliber is giving me great gas mileage.

I guess acceleration from a complete stop is a tad slow, but I quickly forget about that once I'm going. It's fun to drive, low road noise, and easy to handle.

I just love this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th March, 2007

18th Apr 2007, 13:55

I too LOVE my Caliber. Have had it 9 months, 12,000 miles and NO problems. Holds the road well. I drive a curvy road around the back of a lake every day and have a hard time keeping to the speed limit. I traded in a Dodge Town & Country van I thought I'd never give up (great car also!) to get better gas mileage. I average 25 mpg and that is around town, 30 mpg on the road. Sometimes notice the road noise, but not enough to count it a distraction. Seats are VERY comfortable. I highly recommend the Caliber.