2012 Dodge Caliber

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$17,380

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2012 Dodge Caliber
2012 Dodge Caliber

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Quiet cabin
  • Optional Boston Acoustics stereo with flip-down liftgate speakers
  • Decent ride

The bad:

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

3 trims

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Notable features

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

2012 Dodge Caliber review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

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 2012
A simplified model lineup features SE, SXT and SXT Plus trim levels, and an electronic stability system is now standard. The Caliber’s available continuously variable automatic transmission has been recalibrated to deliver better launch acceleration, smoother deceleration, improved pedal response and lower engine noise, Dodge says.

Exterior
The Caliber is clearly a Dodge, thanks in part to its crosshair grille. 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- or 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers, optional body-colored door handles
  • Optional power sunroof

Interior
Front bucket seats and a split-folding backseat give the Caliber seating for up to five people. Interior features include:

  • Standard illuminated cupholder rings
  • Standard cloth seats
  • Standard power windows, mirrors and locks
  • Standard Chill Zone beverage-cooling bin
  • Standard CD stereo with MP3 jack
  • Optional fold-flat front passenger seat
  • Optional navigation radio
  • Optional rechargeable flashlight that stows in cargo area
  • Optional Boston Acoustics premium stereo with flip-down liftgate speakers

Under the Hood
The Caliber comes standard with a 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It teams with a five-speed manual or a CVT. 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
  • Engine runs on regular gas
  • Optional clutchless-manual feature for CVT

Safety
The Caliber comes with a unique-for-its-class standard driver’s knee airbag designed to keep the driver positioned properly for the other primary restraints. Other standard safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Smart key engine immobilizer
  • Active front head restraints

 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 3.7
  • Value for the money 4.2
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Perfect car for mid-size family

Red 2012 Dodge Caliber SXT FWD CVT 2.0L I4 DOHC 16V Dual VVT Has less Odometer is 58200 miles and 23/27 City/Highway MPG. Has Sliding Sun Visors with Mirrors and Interior Removable/Rechargeable LED Flashlight. Displays Outside Temperature and has Fog lamps Has 4-Wheel Antilock Disc Brakes and Tire pressure monitor with warning lamp.

5.0

Reliable

Very nice inside and out. Love the color. I was used to the interior settings because it is similar to what I was driving .

2.6

not sure why this has good reviews

wish i could give it 0 stars. steering wheel locks up, sometimes brakes/gas don't work. many times i would step on the gas pedal expecting to go and it staggers, almost causing accidents multiple times. not only that but then it jerks and goes flying, which also almost caused accidents. clock in car doesnt work no matter what, car shut down one time as i was driving (no warning), a few times already cant go past 30 mph. many times the car wont go past 50mph, car constantly jerks, overheated and shut down after 2 hours of driving. the only reason why i'm still putting up with this car is because im not the person paying for it.... cant imagine spending my hard earned money on something as terrible as this.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Dodge
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/100,000 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
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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