2008 Dodge Caliber

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35 reviews
Available Price Range $2,167-$10,771 Trims5 Combined MPG 22-26 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2008 Dodge Caliber

Our Take

Dodge introduced the Caliber, a five-seat four-door hatchback, last year in a class that included the Pontiac Vibe, Subaru Impreza wagon and Toyota Matrix. For 2008, Dodge added an SRT4 high-performance model to a lineup that already included the SE, SXT and R/T. The Caliber SRT4 includes a 280-h... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Marginal score in IIHS' side-impact crash test
  • Cabin quality
  • Steering feel (SRT4)
  • Rear visibility
  • AWD on R/T only

Notable Features

  • Choice of four-cylinders
  • Manual or CVT
  • 285-hp turbo engine (SRT4)

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

The Dodge Caliber is the only small car in the entire Chrysler lineup, and as such, it's seeing a boom in sales.That's because with gasoline at $4 a gallon, consumers are looking for cars with great fuel economy.But the Caliber probably also benefits from its other attributes, such as cool styling and lot of versatility. Wherever I took my test vehicle, people were coming up to it and... Read full review for the 2008 Dodge Caliber

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Consumer Reviews

4.1

Average based on 35 reviews

Dodge Caliber SRT-4 6-speed manual

by Rich from Atlanta, GA on September 7, 2011

I traded my '05 Mercedes CLK500 for this used SRT-4 because I needed more space for travelling but also wanted a car that I could still have some fun in. This car is a blast to drive. Especially throu... Read Full Review

5 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2008 Dodge Caliber.

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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