2009 Dodge Caliber
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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!
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