2007 Dodge Caliber SXT CVT 2.0
Great little car, good MPG
I just rented one from Budget, and drove 2000 miles in 3 days, from Omaha to San Antonio and back. I was planning on buying one in a few months, and this way I had a chance to drive it longer than a test drive. The pick up was just fine, at all speeds. It would pass cars and then settle right back in to a very quiet engine at 70-75mph. I did get 2-3 mpg better with regular gas and not with the ethanol blend. I averaged 28-30 with ethanol and 30-32 with regular gas. It's a great car and will buy one after my lease is up.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th January, 2007
Unlike what a lot of people think, regular (what some call low grade) gas has as much energy in it as so called high test gas. As you found out, the Caliber gives its best performance on regular gas. The Caliber manual says only regular gas (including the winter blends) should be used in the Caliber.
My wife and I purchased a dodge caliber one year ago. We really liked the exterior and interior. What we are unhappy with is the gas mileage and the way the engine performs. The best mileage with out air was 27 mpg with air 24 mpg. When ever you go to give it gas to pass or speed up, the motor rev's up, but you speed up slowly... We have taken the vehicle back to the dealer, they tell us this is normal and the posted mileage on the sales sticker of 32 hyway mpg is under ideal conditions not general. My wife is a school teacher that drives 80 miles a day we are VERY disappointed.. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND YOU BUY THIS CAR...
I do not think the interior quality is really up to snuff. Maybe for an American car... but what does that accomplish?
To 09:26...The Caliber CVT is NOT like other automatic transmissions. Approach the CVT Caliber as if it were a propellor driven airplane. Set your transmission in Drive. Set your rpms with the gas pedal & away you go. Like a propellor plane, the acceleration is continuously smooth. Also like a plane, the speed is independent of the rpms of the Caliber engine. If the Caliber is driven hard the CVT internal hydraulic pressures approach 1000 pounds per square inch. This pressure is provided by the engine & drives MPG way down. If you carefully feather foot the gas pedal tho, the CVT pressures are lower, & you can get fair to good MPG.
Curious how one person gets 32 mpg and the other gets only 24-27 mpg. Either the latter is an AWD or SRT-4, or somebody has a lead foot.