2011 Dodge Caliber

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Dodge Caliber. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    25-28 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    158-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Quiet cabin
  • Decent ride

The Bad

  • Marginal score in IIHS side-impact crash test
  • Rear visibility

Notable Features of the 2011 Dodge Caliber

  • Choice of four-cylinder engines
  • Manual or CVT
  • New exterior paint colors
  • Available navigation/radio with Sirius Travel Link
  • Available 18-inch wheels
  • Retuned steering
  • Electronic stability control standard on Heat, Mainstreet, Rush and Uptown models

2011 Dodge Caliber Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Caliber is a five-seat, four-door hatchback. The Caliber comes in Express, Mainstreet, Uptown, Heat and Rush trim levels.

New for 2011
The 2011 Dodge Caliber has six new available exterior paint colors, a new navigation/audio system with Sirius Travel Link, retuned steering, available 18-inch wheels on the Uptown model, red and blue stitching on seats in the Rush model, a standard six-way power driver's seat on the Mainstreet model and standard electronic stability control on the Heat, Mainstreet, Rush and Uptown models.

Exterior
The Caliber is clearly a Dodge, thanks to the crosshair grille. The Caliber has large wheels for a car of its size and class. A black rail that runs from the base of the A-pillars and along the roofline to the taillights tricks the eye into seeing a lower, sleeker shape. Despite the look, the Caliber actually sits a bit higher than most compact cars. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 15-inch steel wheels with silver-painted wheel covers
  • Available 17-inch or 18-inch wheels
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers, optional body-colored door handles

Interior
The 2011 Caliber sees minor changes after the interior was redesigned for 2010. Interior features include:

  • Standard illuminated cupholder rings
  • Standard cloth seats
  • Optional upgraded cloth or leather-trimmed seats
  • Standard manual door locks, mirrors and windows
  • Available power mirrors, locks and windows, with speed-sensitive door locks
  • Available beverage-cooling bin
  • Available ...
Vehicle Overview

The Caliber is a five-seat, four-door hatchback. The Caliber comes in Express, Mainstreet, Uptown, Heat and Rush trim levels.

New for 2011
The 2011 Dodge Caliber has six new available exterior paint colors, a new navigation/audio system with Sirius Travel Link, retuned steering, available 18-inch wheels on the Uptown model, red and blue stitching on seats in the Rush model, a standard six-way power driver's seat on the Mainstreet model and standard electronic stability control on the Heat, Mainstreet, Rush and Uptown models.

Exterior
The Caliber is clearly a Dodge, thanks to the crosshair grille. The Caliber has large wheels for a car of its size and class. A black rail that runs from the base of the A-pillars and along the roofline to the taillights tricks the eye into seeing a lower, sleeker shape. Despite the look, the Caliber actually sits a bit higher than most compact cars. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 15-inch steel wheels with silver-painted wheel covers
  • Available 17-inch or 18-inch wheels
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers, optional body-colored door handles

Interior
The 2011 Caliber sees minor changes after the interior was redesigned for 2010. Interior features include:

  • Standard illuminated cupholder rings
  • Standard cloth seats
  • Optional upgraded cloth or leather-trimmed seats
  • Standard manual door locks, mirrors and windows
  • Available power mirrors, locks and windows, with speed-sensitive door locks
  • Available beverage-cooling bin
  • Available fold-flat front passenger seat
  • Optional navigation/radio with Sirius Travel Link
  • Optional rechargeable flashlight that stows in cargo area

Under the Hood
For 2011, the Caliber packs either a 2.0- or 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The standard 2.0-liter comes with a five-speed manual transmission.

The Caliber is available with a manual or a choice of two continuously variable automatic transmissions. Front disc and rear drum brakes are standard, but all-disc brakes are optional. Mechanical features include:

  • 158-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 141 pounds-feet of torque (standard)
  • 172-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 165 pounds-feet of torque (optional)
  • Five-speed manual transmission standard
  • Optional continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Optional CVT with manual-shift provision

Safety
The Caliber comes with a unique-for-its-class driver's knee airbag designed to keep the driver positioned properly for the other primary restraints. An electronic stability system is now standard on Heat, Mainstreet, Rush and Uptown models, and not available on the Express. Safety features include:

  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard smart key immobilizes the engine in an attempted auto theft
  • Available antilock braking system

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(3.5)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(3.9)
Value For The Money
(3.9)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Great Buy

by LWhite from Byram, MS on June 21, 2018

I got this car for my daughter and for the price and reliability it works for all of us. Besides regular wear it is a great little car. Read full review

(3.0)

Not horrible, but not family friendly

by brandyT from Troy, Ohio on June 14, 2018

The front seats were comfortable and not bad as a single person or married couple, but once you add children, there's really no room for them and all that goes with kids. In the 3 years I had it, ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Dodge Caliber currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Dodge Caliber has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Dodge
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    3 months/3,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    125-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Caliber received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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