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Changes for 2009 are minor, adding body-colored door handles to SXT models and improvements in interior sound reduction across the line. Anti-lock brakes are now standard on the SXT, while uconnect gps navigation is made available for the first time.
When it comes to compact cars, Dodge doesn't exactly rule the roost. In fact, Dodge offers only one model, the 2012 Dodge Caliber, with dimensions that cross into mid-size sedan territory, and interior materials and an overall resale value that are arguably lackluster. It's a shame the cost cutters had their way with this one, because on paper the 2012 Caliber hatchback looks like a winner. It provides good use of interior space, has a versatile hatchback design and delivers good fuel economy. There are also a number of attractive features, such as the Chill Zone cooling storage compartment, removable rechargeable flashlight and articulating fold-down rear speaker bar that's perfect for blasting your favorite tunes at a tailgate party. But, the 2012 Dodge Caliber's execution is nowhere near as refined or buttoned down as that of the Mazda Mazda3, Volkswagen Golf or Subaru Impreza wagon.
By Andrea on Monday, March 19, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 119,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I bought my caliber in 2007 with 14 miles on it. Now, in 2012, it has a little over 119,000 miles. Great versatility with the drop down speakers off the back hatch, both the back and front seat(s) fold down and with a wide range of repositioning options. We have enjoyed this car. I wish it was a little bit bigger, but I enjoy the size in an overcrowded parking lot and having the small turn radius when needed. I would suggest this car to anyone looking for safety as well. We have been lucky enough to have been in two accidents- none of us were injured mainly due to the solid frame and stability of the vehicle. We have also yet to have any major issues mechanically with the vehicle- just regular maintenance needed. Again, great car, our family is simply growing and must upgrade to a larger vehicle."
38 people out of 38 found this review helpful
By scoutmedic on Friday, July 16, 2010
overall rating 5 of 10rating details
"Bought this 2007 in 2008 have 60k on it now. It gets 30-33 mpg with an average of 28 mpg, the fuel tank needs to be bigger than 13.5 gals, does have a blind spot on driver side, great for mountain driving, good city car, has neat little storage, My biggest complaint is the noise that comes from the wheel wells. I would give this car to my daughter, but she is four years away from driving. Would have way too many miles on it by then. paid 14,k list now for 7k"
29 people out of 29 found this review helpful
By HubbaBubba on Thursday, September 27, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,560overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Stereo! Fun to drive and heated seats!"
Cons: "Excessive engine heat and engine noise"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"What I love about it: the stereo the ablities it has in the snow,ice,sleet, and rain the headlights/fog lights the steering the comfort of seats heated seats the hatch and flat fold down seats did I mention the stereo? the dual glove boxes/cooler (great for baby bottles in the Summer) the iPod hook up roomy armrest compartment the dual colored seats it's super sporty What I dislike: the loud engine noise the excessive heat at my legs in the Summer from the engine wish it had more pep to go with the sporty look A little more room in the backseat I'd give this car an 8 out of 10 rating. It's actually fun to drive and sooooo reliable in the snow. With good tires I pass people on the highway (safely mind you), you know those crawlers that drive 15mph with their 4-ways on. Grr... I'd definatly recommend this car to a friend without children. There isn't a whole lots of extra room in the back."
11 people out of 11 found this review helpful