2007 Dodge Caliber R/T AWD 2.4 from North America


Sure footed, economical, and stylish


Had to have the CVT software updated. That's all.

General Comments:

The CVT tranny does take a little getting used to. Once you become accustomed to it, then it's fine.

Mileage is good. I average 25-26mpg. Considering it is an AWD car, that is quite good IMHO.

The AWD system is superb. I put a set of Blizzaks on it for the winter and the car is unstoppable in the snow. Goes through anything with confidence!

Musicgate stereo with the sub sounds great for a factory system.

Don't waste your money on the leather interior or the chrome wheels. The interior is nice, but not worth the extra $$, and the chrome "clad" wheels for $700 more is a huge ripoff. I bought the car off the lot at a good enough price that those options were OK, but given the choice I would not pay the money for them.

Interior is quite roomy, and driving position is comfortable. The longer I own this car, the more I like it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th February, 2008

1st Mar 2010, 14:44

I'm driving a 2007 R/T AWD. The car is loaded with every option except the GPS navigation, which wasn't available when this early Caliber was made.

So far, so good. She hasn't failed me yet, and we're getting close to 70k miles. I haven't had any work done for issues with the car, just general maintenance.


Winter performance is exceptional: Haven't had snows yet that could stop this car.

Economical performance: I'm averaging right about 24 miles per gallon.

AUDIO: The musicgate system is killer. 6 CD system, with satellite was one of the major must-haves for buying the car. I has not let me down.

Heated Leather Seats: Wasn't sure I would like this luxury, but I've been spoiled by them. A heated empty passenger seat makes a great spot to keep take out foot warm for the trip home!


CVT Transmission: I've never gotten used to this. I haven't driven a properly tuned car that is this sluggish and with this poor pedal response. There were times I almost caused a pile up because she couldn't get out of her own way. (I say "tuned" because if you can imagine driving a car with high mileage, in need of a tune-up, that's what this pedal response would feel like)

Suspension: The car performs well in the turns, but ride comfort is non existent. My caliber came with the 18in Firehawk OEM tires, which were absolute garbage. The tires cupped after 15k miles, even after I made sure to rotate them properly (Note: Cupping is warped tread wear and your car sounds like you're riding on off road tires). I had 4 wheels aligned at 34k miles, brand new OEM tires all around and within 6 months the tires were cupped again. I believe at this point it's really a problem with the OEM 18in tires. In addition to this issue, the suspension bushings, struts, shocks become VERY noisy in cold weather. The car is prone to rattles and excessive vibration below 40 degrees.

Interior comfort: At first the plastic console and door handles didn't bother me. After my first road trip of over 40 miles, I was singing a different song. I drive from my elbows, so I use the rests a lot in whichever car I'm driving. The plastic components just wore away at my elbows and caused significant discomfort on longer trips.

2007 Dodge Caliber SXT 2L from North America


A car up to Caliber!



General Comments:

First off, this is my 43th car since I first stated to drive in 1967'. Some I kept 4 years,others 3 months.

We are very satisfied.

It holds the road well, even when blowing wind and snow are coming sideways.

The brakes are well calibrated, and you feel secure when using them.

We are very comfortable, and the instrument panel is well laid out and well lit at night.

No need for radio controls on the steering, because buttons on dash are at your fingertips.

Adjustable height seat for the driver is easy to operate . I'm 5'11" and can easily wear a stetson hat in the car!

The regular radio is fantastic! / Air blower works well. Wiper mechanism is good, but change the wipers for a better quality.

There are a few things to get used to:

It's a bit noisy; it seems to be coming from under-body. But all st. wagons are like that.

Doors seem a bit lite. Don't close too hard!

Also the access buttons on they are small, they operate the doors and the back hatch all on the same touch. But you can't access the hatch with the key?

Besides that the car is a charm!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2008