2009 Dodge Caliber
There are 77 user reviews for the SXT trim shown below
- Good fuel economy and in these times that's very important.
- Vision out of back window not good for backing up.
I love my Caliber, wouldn't trade it for the world!!!! Best car I have had in quite a long time. Looks good, gets great gas mileage and has awesome pick up.
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- Better than EPA economy, fun to drive. I have the 1.8 with 5-speed manual.
- windshield wiper is kind of a poor design, leaves the lower part unwiped.
Great utility, fairly comfortable and nice to drive. We also have a Ponitac Vibe, the Dodge Caliber is much better riding, especially on rough roads, probably because of the larger and higher profile tires.
I like the "wagon" like back, good for hauling stuff. Mine has the satellite radio, and several neat features. We drove it from Oklahoma to Florida and back, and got 31 to 33 mpg Hwy. Around town, I usually get 25 or better. This one has 8,000 miles now.
I'm not really wild about the styling, especially from the rear, but she loves it and thinks it is "cool". My only real complaint is the windshield wiper. My wife is short, and she complains that the lower part of the windshield driver's side doesn't get wiped. Not a big deal, and I think I can fix it with a longer blade on that side.
Oh, one other thing I might change if Chrysler would ask my opinion, it is geared pretty high....3000 rpm at 70 mph. With lower revs, I bet I could get 36 or 38 mpg. I wonder what the final ratio is on the 6-speed?
Over all, great ride for the money!...read morehide
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- Awesome vehicle., good fuel economy, fun to drive
- Roof Rack looks dumb, don't get it., unless you need to use it
Great car. Looks great, feels great, just all around wicked awesome sport hatchback. Only con is the roof rack. It looks out of place with it on. Don't get it unless you always use them/ need them. I'm getting mine taken off.
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- Looks like it could take off and fly you to the moon!
- Visibility backing up is limited.
This machine has gotten a bad rap from the automotive reviewers. They are comparing it to other sporty sub-compact/hatchback cars regarding performance and mileage, when it is really closer to a mini SUV, and would compare vary well with these rides.
Sitting inside, the headroom and line of sight is higher than most other "little cars". The long rake of the windshield, large roof pillars and long low windows gives one the feel of sitting in an aircraft cockpit. These long, low windows and beefy pillars also restrict rear visibility. Backing up takes a bit of care; but I go forward most of the time, and this is a joy with this car.
Performance wise... The CVT automatic transmission takes some getting used to. It doesn't jump off the line like a dragster, or downshift into a "passing gear" when you tromp the throttle while rolling like a traditional multi-gear automatic; but the surge of power that builds as the tranny works its magic gives the impression more like a rocket... A smooth/building (and powerful!) THRUST, rather than a jarring, jolting lurch of power. If you want to hear the engine scream, and get a lurching jolt of acceleration, don't get the CVT. You'll never smoke the tires with a CVT tranny, but it does accelerate dramatically when asked to!
The engine has a lovely "throaty roar" to it when pushed to perform... Like no other economy car I've ever heard.
"Smooth, sleek and powerful" are the best words to describe the feel of driving this car. I love it!
For the money... I'll ride the Caliber, in style, out to a fine restaurant, which I can afford since I've bought this car.
The best ride you'll find for your money!...read morehide
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- good fuel economy, comfortable, smooth ride, roomy for a small car
I love this car, it is nice to look at, comfortable right and excellent on gas. I would recommend this car to everyone.
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- Great Gas Mileage Getting 27 in Town
- Dont roll down back window without front down Kills your ears
Nice ride for the money, handles nicley, Roomie, At this point glad Im bought. And did I say Great Gas Mileage!
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- Long trips, I average 29 - 35 mpg
- It's not a Cadillac, but for the money is very comfortable
People seem to love the Honda & Toyota brands and most times disregard other models. I own a 2007 Dodge Caliber SXT. Even at 6 ft. tall, I don't get claustrophobic. Separate fold down back seats provide good space. The 110 volt outlet is a great convenience. Our last trip from PA to Indiana (1,100 miles roundtrip), the worst tankful of gas averaged 29 mph (in the turnpike mountains with AC on) while on the flatlands of Ohio & Indiana, we got 35 mpg. I wish the people that tested cars would keep and unbiased view....read morehide
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