(4.2) 18 reviews
MSRP: $5,769$12,873
Body Style: Hatchback
Combined MPG: 25-28
Engine: 158-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 5-speed manual w/OD
2012 Dodge Caliber

Our Take on the 2012 Dodge Caliber

Our Take

The Caliber is a five-seat, four-door hatchback. It's offered in three trim levels for 2012: SE, SXT and SXT Plus. Competitors include the Mazda3 hatchback and Toyota Matrix. New for 2012A simplified model lineup features SE, SXT and SXT Plus trim levels, and an electronic stability system ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • Simplified model lineup for 2012
  • Manual or CVT
  • Available navigation radio
  • Available 18-inch wheels

3 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.