2007 Dodge Caliber Consumer Reviews

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2007 Dodge Caliber
3.6
Average based on 74 reviews
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Nice little wagon

by from Clermont, FL on December 13, 2007

I just got an '07 SXT with the 2.0 engine and CVT. The car handles exceptionally well, and feels like it has amazing grip on the road. Big tires help- it has 17" rims.The car feels heavy- not in a bad...
I just got an '07 SXT with the 2.0 engine and CVT. The car handles exceptionally well, and feels like it has amazing grip on the road. Big tires help- it has 17" rims.The car feels heavy- not in a bad way, just very solid for such a small vehicle. The CVT is a bit odd feeling, but not unpleasant. Acceleration is adequate- not like a sports car, but it is by no means slow, like I read elsewhere. There is just less sensation of acceleration that what the speedometer is showing. There is some engine noise when it is pushed hard, but not anything unpleasant. The cabin is roomy, and the driver's seat is height-adjustable. I am 6"1" and fat, and I find it very comfortable. In fact, this is the first car I've owned where I don't have to push the front seat all the way back. Rear seat is adequate for normal-sized adults, but those seats are a little on the firm side. Cargo room is exceptional, with lots of seat-adjustment options. I have read that the interior trim is "cheap and plasticy", but it looks fine to me. The factory stereo is nice, and has an AUX jack for an MP3 player. The car also has a standard "household" electrical receptacle. There are plenty of storage spaces for CDs, cell phones, and even a drink chiller in the glove box, run off the A/C. Placement of gauges and knobs is good. Visibility is slightly limited due to the thick B and C pillars. I gave the car an "average" for reliability because I have not had it long, but the factory warranty seems more than adequate. This is the first Chrysler/Dodge I've owned. I test drove a PT Cruiser before this, and the Caliber beats it hands down in acceleration, room, and handling (and it looks better!) I would recommend this car to anyone looking for a small wagon or hatchback.
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Very fun little car!

by from Alberta Canada on April 27, 2007

I decided to downsize my vehicle from a Grand Caravan upon realizing that our family just didn't need the extra room. After looking at a list of makes and models, and taking many for test drives, I c...
I decided to downsize my vehicle from a Grand Caravan upon realizing that our family just didn't need the extra room. After looking at a list of makes and models, and taking many for test drives, I chose the Caliber because it had the versatility of an SUV but was still considered a car. The family has been on one long trip with it so far, and it was comfortable, and very affordable. I highly recommend this car to anyone that is looking for the convenience of an SUV, but the comforts of a car! And one last thing, to those of you that might scoff at the idea of an in-dash cooler- it comes handy more times than not!
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great affordable college car

by from mt.vernon, iowa on October 11, 2011

heard mixed reviews about the caliber,bought a used 2007 caliber r/t awd for my college bound son.performed a normal 60,000 mile service and had dodge update all computers.car is awesome,updates great...
heard mixed reviews about the caliber,bought a used 2007 caliber r/t awd for my college bound son.performed a normal 60,000 mile service and had dodge update all computers.car is awesome,updates greatly improved driveability and eliminated bogus check engine light codes.drove the car cross country trouble free.22mpg city 26 mpg highway. a great car for the money
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Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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very practical car :)

by from Aqaba, JO on May 2, 2011

My father and I shared this car. He bought it new in 2007, and I started driving a little over a year ago, so he let me use it fairly often. I loved driving it. It's an easy car to drive because it's ...
My father and I shared this car. He bought it new in 2007, and I started driving a little over a year ago, so he let me use it fairly often. I loved driving it. It's an easy car to drive because it's not too big, but it sits higher up than expected, so it felt like I was driving an SUV. Also, the car handled really well in bad weather, and I never felt insecure while driving in rain or snow. It was fantastic for long drives (we drove it from Indiana to southern Tennessee and it was really comfortable) The rear seats recline, so it was easy to take a nap or lean back to read no matter which seat one chose. My only real problem with the car was that it was a little hesitant to shift into a higher gear sometimes, and the automatic transmission would grind a little bit when that happened, but after it shifted, it would go as fast as one cared to go. It was a really great, practical car for us, and I would buy another without a doubt. The only reason we sold it was because we had to move out of the country. May I add that this was a perfect car for me as a new driver. I also loved driving my mom's Mitsubishi Spyder Eclipse GTS, but I felt very insecure driving it because I was always afraid of losing control of it or accelerating too much. The Caliber felt much safer to drive, and it was easier to control.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Newbie.

by from Westchester, NY on June 11, 2006

I have the R/T version of the Caliber and can tell you it's worth the money. Honda Civic offers certain extras that cost more money, but the Caliber has better accessories than the Civic. Comfortabl...
I have the R/T version of the Caliber and can tell you it's worth the money. Honda Civic offers certain extras that cost more money, but the Caliber has better accessories than the Civic. Comfortable ride, a lot easier to see around traffic than the Neon and more roomier. I have owned 2 Neons and I am happy those days are over. Enjoy the Caliber, it is worth it...
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Good new, with age terrible and costly

by from on July 16, 2013

I bought a caliber in 2007 new. The driver's side is very roomy and I am a big man so that was great for me. For the first few years it was a good car aside from a very loud helicopter sound like nois...
I bought a caliber in 2007 new. The driver's side is very roomy and I am a big man so that was great for me. For the first few years it was a good car aside from a very loud helicopter sound like noise when you drive with more than one window down, but around the 100,000 km mark, the problems started. replacing wheel bearings (over and over), control arms, wiper motors (twice),emergency brake failing,and the showstopper of them all is the sub frame rotting through. The air conditioner runoff drips directly on the frame which caused the frame to rust and overtime rot through.The mechanic has deemed it unfit to drive and it will be a 3000 to 4000 dollar fix. It is only a 6 year old car, so this is not a problem any car should have at this age. My advice is to stay clear of the caliber and if you own one, definitely go check your sub frame as I have read others have experienced this problem.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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102,000 Mile Review

by from Worcester, MA on September 24, 2012

Purchased car new in April 2006. Now have 102,000 miles on it. The Caliber will not win any awards for excitement, but the car is super versatile and has been very reliable. Aside from normal wear ite...
Purchased car new in April 2006. Now have 102,000 miles on it. The Caliber will not win any awards for excitement, but the car is super versatile and has been very reliable. Aside from normal wear items, the only repairs have been lower control arms at 80,000 mi and the TIPM ($800) at 95,000 mi. The 2.0 with CVT has averaged 26.5 MPG in mixed city/highway driving. This is comparable to my 6 speed Vibe/Matrix GT which averaged 28 MPG. The Caliber is actually cheaper to operate since it does not require premium fuel.
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Great!

by from Oakland on September 10, 2010

A perfect Crossover which brings you comfort and excitement at the same time. CVT, 6 Airbag standard and 4 Wheel ABS give you security and protection. EPA of 27 city, and 32 for highway are really imp...
A perfect Crossover which brings you comfort and excitement at the same time. CVT, 6 Airbag standard and 4 Wheel ABS give you security and protection. EPA of 27 city, and 32 for highway are really impressive. I really enjoy it. Big just like a SUV.
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so far so good

by from ohio on September 15, 2012

I had high hopes for the advertised 27 city 30 highway. Im getting 20 city. I love the cvt....hope it holds up. 56k on it now with not a single repair. Its due for an expensive cvt fluid change at 60k
I had high hopes for the advertised 27 city 30 highway. Im getting 20 city. I love the cvt....hope it holds up. 56k on it now with not a single repair. Its due for an expensive cvt fluid change at 60k
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Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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Worst mistake I ever made

by from Edmonton, Alberta on June 8, 2015

I bought this car 3 years ago used with 120,000km. I knew within a week it was a mistake. The car has been draining us ever since. The first thing to go was the belt, then the starter, the engine, the...
I bought this car 3 years ago used with 120,000km. I knew within a week it was a mistake. The car has been draining us ever since. The first thing to go was the belt, then the starter, the engine, the clutch and finally the alternator. Last time we took it in, the mechanic told us it would be needing front end work very soon. These cars are not made to last. The previous owner got rid of it in the nick of time, and I inherited the problems. Run, do not walk, as fast as you can away from this vehicle!
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Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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