2011 Dodge Caliber
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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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Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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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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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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

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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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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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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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Yeah, not the car. Move on

by from Cleveland Oh on July 17, 2015

I have owned my Caliber for two years now. I loved it at first and it was everything I wanted minus the 4x4. I loved the orange color, the big tires, the way it handled, the pretty radio and that I fe...
I have owned my Caliber for two years now. I loved it at first and it was everything I wanted minus the 4x4. I loved the orange color, the big tires, the way it handled, the pretty radio and that I felt safe in it. Those all stand true still after two years but this car is a car I would trade in in a heart beat. I have had to replace my front ball joints and tie rods in February. In June I had to replace the rear control arm twice. Currently a month later I am still having an issue with the control arm and now my abs pulses when I brake (had the same issue in my grand am from the accident it was in prior to my purchase of it). The handling is amazing in the car and it parks in small spaces nicely as well. The transmission is a super loud whining noise and when you let off the brake a stupid squeak happens that the dealership said is nothing to be alarmed about. I just want them to wd-40 but apparently it does nothing if they do. The inside of my car makes this squeak/rattle noise from the seat belts which can get annoying on my long drive to work. These problems can be taken as they are and at first I didn't mind them, but because I drive so much it is starting to really irritate me. The thing that makes me mad the most is all the tire problems I am having. I want to trade this car in but I still owe two years so I will just deal for another two years and then trade it in.
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Uses car for Work

Does not recommend this car

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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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not good as expected

by from Cincinnati, oh on October 22, 2013

the picture looks good, but when you see the real car, you will be disappointed by the size of it. also, this car do not have gps, not radar, and the space for legs for driver is so small
the picture looks good, but when you see the real car, you will be disappointed by the size of it. also, this car do not have gps, not radar, and the space for legs for driver is so small
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Uses car for Having fun

Does not recommend this car

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Dissappointed That I Got This Car

by from Garland, TX on October 24, 2013

I purchased this car brand new in within a couple of weeks or so, this car drove like I had it for several years. The transmission does not have very much power and the acceleration is terrible. When ...
I purchased this car brand new in within a couple of weeks or so, this car drove like I had it for several years. The transmission does not have very much power and the acceleration is terrible. When going over bumps in the road feels like the car is going to fall apart. Issues with the steering column which I believe stems from a 2011 recall. The only thing I can say I like about the vehicle is the exterior design other than that I can't say that I am pleased.
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Does not recommend this car

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