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2007 Dodge Caliber Consumer Reviews

3.6
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Looks, price and performance!

by from Erie, Pennsylvania on August 2, 2010

I own a 2007 Dodge Caliber R/T 2.4 liters AWD. I love the looks of this car! I have the version with almost everything from leather seats to illuminated cup holders, sunroof, and those big beautiful 1...
I own a 2007 Dodge Caliber R/T 2.4 liters AWD. I love the looks of this car! I have the version with almost everything from leather seats to illuminated cup holders, sunroof, and those big beautiful 18 Inches polished wheels. I was looking for a vehicle with good gas mileage and AWD. I live in Pennsylvania winters here are horrible and long, with lots of snow. I drive about 30,000 miles a year on average (I work from my car). Let’s review the good: the 115 V outlet let me keep my laptop plugged in and always charged. The front seats are really comfortable and mine got heated seats. Air conditioner system is decent, so is the car stereo, I have the one with Sirius installed on it and love it, also like the controls installed on the side of the wheel and not over it. Gas is about 22 and 30 miles city/highway on average. It takes a little bit to get used to the CVT transmission. You need to realize this car does not have a timing belt... so it is a little bit slow to accelerate. I love to be 16 inches above the highway; makes you feel like driving an SUV, fantastic anti-lock brakes on the four wheels; the suspension is great, decent road noise; once the car is going at 65 MPH the ride is just awesome. Good safety features like side air bags and the only car I had ever seen with knee air bags. The front lights are brilliant and the fog lights a life saver in bad weather conditions, the tail lights are also big and can be seen from great distance. I use the back to carry lots of stuff and love the space, very roomy. The parts price are reasonable, but not the accessories. I recommend using only full synthetic oil if you want your Caliber to perform at its best. Getting decent spark plugs, air and oil filters will be a smart choice; they cost more, but are worth it if you want better gas mileage and your car to last longer. Because I drive a lot I have the tires inflated with Nitrogen to save even more gas, have them rotated every 6,000 miles, and use an injector cleaner on the tank every 3,000 miles. The only few things I don’t like about it… visibility towards the back is not the best when you are short like me; adding a couple of blind spots mirrors helped; it is only comfortable for four adults, the cup holders on the back row makes no sense to me, the back seat is not big. The only way to add a roof rack is buying it from Dodge, and installation is so complicated (requires drilling) that only the dealer should do it, frustrates me because it is very expensive. Does not have mud flaps, they cost a lot aftermarket. No lock on the gas tank cap. The gas door opens from the outside. I recommend this car; over all it is good for the money. I had found that for me it has the looks, price and performance! Thanks for reading my review
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Good car for the price

by from CT on June 4, 2010

2007 SXT w/ 2L engine, purchased in 2008. I bought this car used with 14k on it and 2 years later, I'm at 70k (yeah, I drive a lot). I loved the higher stance inside and out and the aggressive look ri...
2007 SXT w/ 2L engine, purchased in 2008. I bought this car used with 14k on it and 2 years later, I'm at 70k (yeah, I drive a lot). I loved the higher stance inside and out and the aggressive look right from the start. The stereo system is pretty good. The interior trim and the CVT transmission don't bother me because I bought a $10-15k car! So far, no problems really. I am starting to hear the transmission "squeal" a bit...like it's struggling or like I'm pushing it too much. A/C is cold, comfortable ride, blind spots are a bit rough (solved with small stick on mirrors), cooler is not for initial cooling but for keeping already cold drinks cold, slow acceleration is expected with the CVT. The cargo back is great and roomy, tires are nice and big, and saftey features are plentiful (knee airbag, side airbags, etc). Oh, before I forget..NO ROOF RACKS have been designed yet for this car and probably wont be. This is the biggest drawback I've found since I've needed to use this feature should it have been available.
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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 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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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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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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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!

by from Oakland on September 11, 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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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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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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