2011 Dodge Caliber
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Good Value

by from Grand Rapids, MI on November 8, 2011

There might be better cars of this body style. I looked at several others before choosing the Caliber. The Caliber cost less new then many of the 3 year old cars I was looking at. I was not satisfied ...
There might be better cars of this body style. I looked at several others before choosing the Caliber. The Caliber cost less new then many of the 3 year old cars I was looking at. I was not satisfied with my first test drive of the Caliber, because it did not accelerate fast enough merging onto the freeway. Then I tried the bigger 2.4 liter engine and am quite satisfied with its performance. As a driving instructor, I consider this to be an important factor. I am not out for speed, but believe confident acceleration makes for safer driving. I would not recommend the 2 liter engine,in spite of the fact the gas mileage is a little better. I like the little design extras, like the speakers that pull down from the hatch for tailgate parties, etc. Another is the water bottle cooler in the glove compartment area. The seats and riding comfort matches that of luxury cars. I get 23 mpg in city driving and 27 consistently on freeways. Not bad. Going on 5000 miles in 4 months.
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Nice Car, but rattles

by from Salt Lake City< UT on June 27, 2012

It's a nice looking car and it handles great. It's also lower priced and built a little flimsy. Not overly sturdy, but sufficient, I guess. I don't expect the handles to break, but the doors bow in w...
It's a nice looking car and it handles great. It's also lower priced and built a little flimsy. Not overly sturdy, but sufficient, I guess. I don't expect the handles to break, but the doors bow in when you lean on them. The frame also rattles and squeaks when you go over a bump. Not really a problem, but it feels a little flimsy. I'm getting highway MPG in the mid 20s. For this light of a car, I'd expect high 20s or low 30s. Also, the braking takes a little getting used to. Since it reacts quickly. It has some nice features, but definitely a low-end car.
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I'm so in love

by from Minneapolis, MN on September 2, 2011

This is one of those times when I have to admit that my husband knew what he was doing! I was really REALLY intrigued by the Nissan Versa hatchback, but my husband kept insisting that I look at the Do...
This is one of those times when I have to admit that my husband knew what he was doing! I was really REALLY intrigued by the Nissan Versa hatchback, but my husband kept insisting that I look at the Dodge Caliber. I drove both, and the poor Nissan Versa just couldn't compete! I bought a model with a five-speed stick, which is just too much fun in and of itself. However, the shifting is very smooth and forgiving (especially for someone like me who hasn't driven stick for a while). The stick does make a large clunk sound, but as another reviewer noted, this is normal. Something for Dodge to work on! The seats are comfortable, the steering is tight without being restrictive, and the power is amazing on such a small vehicle. I really have to watch because I'm up to 70 mph on the highway without even thinking. Gas mileage has been so-so, right at the EPA for city. I haven't been out on the highway for any extended driving, so I'll wait to make a final judgment. But it's a great car for the money.
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I Love My DODGE!

by from Houston, TX on August 18, 2011

Last week I became the very proud owner of a 2011 Dodge Caliber Uptown. I am absolutely in love with this car! When I bought it, the car had 12 miles on it and now has 804 (so I have done a decent amo...
Last week I became the very proud owner of a 2011 Dodge Caliber Uptown. I am absolutely in love with this car! When I bought it, the car had 12 miles on it and now has 804 (so I have done a decent amount of driving). I have wanted a Dodge for a long time and starting out in the Caliber has made me a Dodge owner for life. The interior is Amazing, seats are VERY comfortable and the back seats even Recline. The back hatch storage is much bigger than I expected. The Audio system in the Dodge Caliber is wonderful, sounds great and has lots of neat features such as sirius satellite! I chose to buy the one with the CVT transmission and at first it kinda freaked me out a little. The car I had before this one was a standard and the first time I tried to Accelerate to pass another vehicle it almost sounded like if i were in my standard and the clutch was going out. After doing a little research I found that this is normal and you just have to get used to it. There isn't anything wrong. Phew right?! I also like that the Caliber sits higher off of the ground than most compact cars or sedans. Seeing as I am 6'1" tall it is most definitely a great feature for me. There is LOTS of leg room in the front as well as in the backseat! I honestly couldnt be any happier. :)
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Caliber

by from on March 2, 2015

This is the second Caliber I have owned. The pickup is great for a 4 cylinder. Handling is good and the interior is better than I expected. The transmission shifts smooth and is aggressive. Well build...
This is the second Caliber I have owned. The pickup is great for a 4 cylinder. Handling is good and the interior is better than I expected. The transmission shifts smooth and is aggressive. Well build car and I get 24-25 mpg in the city. Not bad!!!
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High Caliber Hatchback!!!

by from Topeka, KS on May 17, 2017

We were looking for a replacement for our 2003 PT Cruiser. We wanted a vehicle that would get me too and from work and then get us too and from our fishing and hunting spots on the weekends. The Calib...
We were looking for a replacement for our 2003 PT Cruiser. We wanted a vehicle that would get me too and from work and then get us too and from our fishing and hunting spots on the weekends. The Caliber delivers!!! It has plenty of room for gear and kids, averages 24mpg and hasn't required anything but routine maintenance in 52k miles.
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avoid this car like the plague

by from ohio on March 31, 2017

Worst car I have ever owned. Car has been a money pit. Got it used with 60000 miles, drove ok for about a year, then everything started to break. So far I've replaced the transmission, alternator, bat...
Worst car I have ever owned. Car has been a money pit. Got it used with 60000 miles, drove ok for about a year, then everything started to break. So far I've replaced the transmission, alternator, battery, starter, electric motor throttle, and brakes. As I write this review I'm sitting in it waiting for a tow truck because it won't start due to an unknown electrical problem. I really did like this car at first, had nice body styling and was fun to drive. But with the amount of money I've dumped into it, and what I've heard from the mechanics that have worked on it, I suggest you look at something else.
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Most under appreciated wagon

by from Roanoke, VA on May 1, 2011

The 2011 Dodge Caliber seems to get bashed by so many people. Don't let them fool you into spending more money, especially if you don't have it in this economy. The Caliber has a super safety rating a...
The 2011 Dodge Caliber seems to get bashed by so many people. Don't let them fool you into spending more money, especially if you don't have it in this economy. The Caliber has a super safety rating and is a real looker. You get what you pay for, if you want a well priced, good gas milage wagon, this is it. It is comfortable to drive. The only thing I would add is lumbar support. I moved from the Durango to the Caliber and love it. It handles like my old SUV, but just about doubles my milage. My kids have plenty of room, and the back seats recline. They love that. To me it looks as nice as any other mid priced car. What I liked is that when I looked at a 2010 used model, a new one was only a little more, which means they hold their value. Used Caliber are also hard to find which leads me to believe people who buy them like them and keep them. So when you read about how horrible, noisy, and cheap the Caliber is and looks, Don't listen, go check it out for yourself. I think those people might be comparing the Caliber to a pipe dream. The Caliber is a great reality and my family and I are glad we bought it everyday we drive it.
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Getting Used To It

by from Port Saint Lucie, Florida on November 29, 2011

I purchased this vehicle new off the lot. The ignition is an auto type where you turn & release the key, took me a bit getting used to, want to turn and hold. I would highly recommend the vehicle. The...
I purchased this vehicle new off the lot. The ignition is an auto type where you turn & release the key, took me a bit getting used to, want to turn and hold. I would highly recommend the vehicle. The transmission is CVI where it sounds as if it is severely slipping. Again, it sounds as if. From a dead stop pulling out into traffic, there's a touch of hesitation so give yourself room. In motion the cars accelerates quickly and is responsive to the pedal input; it's not a sports car. The head room is exceptional and one main reason for the selection.
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I am in love with my car

by from Philadelphia, Pa on June 20, 2011

My car is brand new and so far I love it as does my 7 yr old. All of the upgrades don't leave you broke and they are the best thing I have ever had. I have lumbar support for my bad back, heated leath...
My car is brand new and so far I love it as does my 7 yr old. All of the upgrades don't leave you broke and they are the best thing I have ever had. I have lumbar support for my bad back, heated leather seats, a cooler in the glove box (that is awesome), drop down speakers from the hatch, a subwoffer, so great sound system to enjoy my touch screen sat. radio, I can also copy CD's to hard drive so no more lugging them! It has a flashdrive connector so I can store pics and other music on it!! you can replay songs right off the radio!! It has so many features and is spacious and comfortable and we went smaller from our Sante Fe. But so worth it!!!! Oh, I got the uptown model THE ABSOLUTE BEST CAR I HAVE EVER OWNED!! (and I have had 4) LOL If your considering DO IT!!! Everyone from fam and friends that has seen it, love it too.
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