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2007 Dodge Caliber

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2007 Dodge Caliber Review

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Small cars are becoming increasingly more versatile, and few vehicles better epitomize this trend than the Dodge Caliber, a combination hatchback/ wagon/ SUV that effectively replaces the Neon small sedan as Dodge's most affordable offering. While the Caliber is actually about an inch shorter than the Neon, it's substantially more versatile and brings a much bigger presence to the street and the parking lot.

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Whether you're looking to get some versatility with your economy, or some economy with your versatility, the Dodge Caliber throws in a little attitude as well.

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While the Dodge Caliber's base sticker price of $13,985 is actually $410 less than the outgoing Neon's, it doesn't include air conditioning and power windows and door locks. A fully loaded Caliber R/T can top $24,000.

What's New for 2007

While the Chevrolet HHR and Toyota Matrix continue to be sold alongside the Chevrolet Cobalt and Toyota Corolla on which they are respectively based, the five-door Caliber is significant in that it replaces its sedan predecessor altogether.

Driving the Caliber
Driving Impressions

While the Caliber's mission in life is decidedly more utilitarian than performance oriented, we managed to have some fun in an all-wheel-drive R/T model. With its 172-horsepower engine, sportier suspension...

... and continuously variable transmission, the R/T is the model we'd choose to take camping - especially if the campgrounds were at the end of a curvy canyon road. The continuously variable transmission offers a "manual-mode," which allows the driver to select any one of six "ratios" and thus hold onto that gearing step if necessary or desired. As for the more modestly motivated Calibers, we found them as competent around town and on the highway as most of the competition.

MusicGate Speakers
As part of the 458-watt Boston Acoustics premium audio system, the Caliber's rearmost speakers flip down from the open liftgate to project outward for tailgate parties, picnics and other outdoor activities.

CVT AutoStick
While the idea of engineering artificial gearing into the Caliber's "gearless" continuously variable transmission might seem counterproductive, the ability to control the transmission with ultra-responsive manual shifts is very useful.

2007 Dodge Caliber Details
2007 Dodge Caliber photo Interior

The Dodge Caliber is pleasantly roomy and functional, especially for a sub-$14,000 vehicle and Neon replacement. With a fold-flat rear seat and optional fold-flat front passenger seat, Caliber's hatchback design accommodates a variety of cargo and passenger configurations. Standard cloth seating can be upgraded to stain-resistant cloth or leather. A sport appearance package features a shifter bezel, dash trim and red, yellow, orange or blue seat inserts coordinated with the vehicle's exterior color. Overall, the interior is nicely designed and offers a variety of clever features as either standard or optional equipment.

Exterior
2007 Dodge Caliber photo

With unique proportions, sharp-curve styling and Dodge's signature crosshair grille, the Caliber is perhaps the most distinctive five-door/ crossover/wagon offered in the sub-$20,000 arena. It's bigger than the Mazda3 and Focus ZX5, not as streamlined as the Toyota Matrix or Pontiac Vibe and has none of the retro vibe of the Chrysler PT Cruiser and Chevrolet HHR. Up-level Calibers are distinguished by chrome door handles and side moldings, a chrome grille, fog lights and bigger, aluminum wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Along with a 1.8-liter engine and five-speed manual transmission, a base Dodge Caliber SE features front and side-curtain airbags, a four-speaker AM/FM/CD/AUX sound system, sliding armrest with cellphone/MP3 player holder, tilt steering, illuminated cup holders, rear-window defroster and wiper, 15-inch covered steel wheels and non-power windows, door locks and mirrors.

Optional Equipment

Dodge Caliber's powertrain options include 2.0- and 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines, a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and all-wheel drive. Typical optional equipment includes leather seating, a sunroof and audio system upgrades that include a six-CD changer and premium speakers. Unique extras include flip-down tailgate speakers, a chilled glove box, 115-volt wall-style electrical outlet, UConnect Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and a removable and rechargeable flashlight. Optional items that some competitors include as standard equipment include power windows, door locks and mirrors, remote keyless entry, air conditioning and Antilock Braking System (ABS).

Under the Hood

There are three engine choices, each having four cylinders and 16 valves. The base engine displaces 1.8 liters, makes 148 horsepower and is matched with a five-speed manual transmission. Up from there is a 2.0-liter version of 158 horsepower, and then a 2.4-liter version rated at 172 horsepower. Both of the larger engines are matched with the continuously variable transmission (CVT). On all-wheel-drive models, the CVT can be manually "shifted" through six simulated gears. With an optional trailer package, the 2.4-liter R/T model is rated to pull up to 1,000 pounds.

1.8-liter in-line 4
148 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
125 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5200 rpm
EPA estimated city/highway fuel economy: 28/32

2.0-liter in-line 4
158 horsepower @6400 rpm
141 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA estimated city/highway fuel economy: 26/30

2.4-liter in-line 4
172 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
165 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA estimated city/highway fuel economy: 23/26

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2007 Dodge Caliber Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.3
Out of 10

Based on 739 Ratings for the 2007 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.7/10
    Quality
    7.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.0/10
    Performance
    7.5/10
  • Comfort
    7.8/10
    Styling
    8.0/10

very well maintained (aftermarket warranty)

By on Sunday, May 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 128,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "easy to drive in town or freeway"

Cons: "no race car;does very good on frwy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"never late on oil change. seats work fine but upholstery fabric is rough due to my pets claws. Use seat covers; appearance problem solved. Rear taillight is cracked. doesn't leak and is not a problem. Noticeable only on very close inspection, if then. VEHICLE IS EXCELLENT MECHANICALLY/ recent intake manifold changed along with wheel alignment and bearings... a few dings/one scratch. NO SMOKERS IN CAR. AC is cold. All windows and phone charger work. I's a nice cushy ride. Drives very well."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

horrible transmission

By on Thursday, April 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "driver's compartment"

Cons: "transmission"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"The car drove well for the first few years, then the transmission began to slip and jerk. Dodge service department said that the transmission is the same design as a golf cart and there was no fix for the problem except to replace it. All other aspects of the car are great. Good fuel economy, driver compartment is great, motor has performed very well. No other issues."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Garbage Car

By on Sunday, March 27, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: bad mileage

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "no pris"

Cons: "complete garbage and Dodge even agreed"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"This car is a piece of garbage and not worth $.50. I did not want this car but the dealership convinced my husband it was a great car. Not a great car, gas hog, ugly, uncomfortable, moldy and just plain not good."

5 people out of 19 found this review helpful

good price for a terrible ride

By on Thursday, March 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "low price, good mileage"

Cons: "terrible ride, awful transmission, ugly interior"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I was able to buy a 3 year old caliber for a good price, but you get what you pay for. the manual transmission was rough when I bought it and the clutch burned out in 2 years, when I replaced the clutch, the transmission began to slip right away. the suspension rides like a pioneer wagon from the gold rush, and the interior is very bare."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Bought it for the wrong reasons

By on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "beautiful and good on gas"

Cons: "no room in the back seat, poor quality"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I loved the look of this car but shortly after we purchased it we began to put alot of money into it. I still have it and it continues to have mechanical issues! And the back seat is not made with kids in mind, there is no room for their feet."

9 people out of 11 found this review helpful

best car i have ever owned so far

By on Monday, January 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great price"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"this car is nice runs well no complaints gas mileage is great and very dependable . excellent in snow also i have this car about 3 months now and i plan to have it a long time all you have to do is give it a little tender loving care . and dont drive like a clown . but many people can not do this . because they are all in a hurry to go no where . i love my dodge ."

14 people out of 20 found this review helpful

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