The compact Dodge Caliber is produced by Chrysler, a parent company of Dodge. It was first introduced in the model year 2006 as 2007 model. It is a 5-door hatchback model, first shown at Geneva Motor Show in 2005.
First generation Dodge Caliber model
The first generation Dodge Caliber model is offered in four trim versions, the base model SE, SXT, R/T and SRT4.
The base model Dodge Caliber is offered in front wheel drive and comes powered by 1.8 litre I-4 engine that delivers 148 hp of power. It is mated to 5-speed manual transmission. The other engine available to the model includes a 2.0 litre version that delivers 158 hp of power and comes mated to CVT transmission. The other engines available to the model include 2.4 litre versions that deliver 172 hp of power.
The key features that attract potential customers towards the Dodge Caliber model include passenger and cargo room and instrument controls. On the other hand, visibility, engine noise and acceleration are considered as main drawbacks.
The up-level SRT4 model comes equipped with 2.4 litre turbo charged engine that produces 285 hp of power and 260 lb ft of torque. It comes mated to a standard 6-speed manual transmission.
The Dodge Caliber model is slightly redesigned for 2009. The new features in the model include navigation system with real time traffic information, wireless cell phone link, UConnect multimedia suite and 30GB hard drive. Major competitors to the model include Mazda 3, Nissan Versa, Scion xB, Chevrolet HHR and Honda Civic.
The current generation Dodge Caliber is offered in four trim versions, the base model SE, SXT, R/T and SRT4. The key features that mark the 2009 Dodge Caliber model are its passenger and cargo room and instrument controls. On the other hand, acceleration, visibility and engine noise are considered as main drawbacks. Among the trims offered, the Dodge Caliber SXT is high performance version.
Engine & Power
The Dodge Caliber SXT and SE versions come powered by 1.8 liter DOHC I-4 engine that delivers 148 hp at 6500 rpm and torque of 125 lb ft at 5200 rpm. I-4 engine is mated to 5-speed manual transmission. The other engines available include 2.0 liter DOHC I-4 version that delivers 158 hp at 6400 rpm and torque of 141 lb ft at 5000 rpm and 2.4 liter I-4 model that delivers 172 hp and torque of 165 lb ft at 4400 rpm. The other engines are mated 6-speed manual and CVT automatic transmissions. All the models are offered in front wheel drive.
As far as the fuel economy rates are concerned, the 2009 Dodge Caliber SXT model can achieve 24 mpg in the city premises and 30 mpg on the highway roads. The major competitors to the model include Mazda 3, Hyundai Elantra, Honda Civic, Scion xB and Chevrolet HHR.