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Dodge Caliber SX (2007)

by Chris Bishop,reviewed February 2007

American brand Dodge is pinning plenty on the shock and awe approach.

The Ram brand is even bold enough to list styling as an advantage.

Well, looks aren’t everything. That edgy exterior just highlights the car’s weak points.

For starters Caliber’s price is too high, especially among such classy competition.

Despite strong engine outputs, Caliber’s weight ensures it is no bullet. The continuously variable transmission (CVT), with sequential shift, is smooth and economical but uninspiring, especially on kick-down.

Equipment levels are fair, the ride is acceptable and there’s reasonable space for five passengers on flat, soft and short seats.

Slick features like a chilled drink bin and detachable torch impress but they can’t make amends for Caliber’s cheap finish, noise levels, large turning circle, questionable ergonomics and running costs.

Dodge Caliber SX 2007

For

Space, equipment, economy

Against

Price, build, noise

Car Details

Vehicle make Dodge
Vehicle model Caliber SX
Vehicle type Small Under $35,000
Year 2007
Price when new $28,490 MLP
Current price range $ - $
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Engine 2.0-litre, DOHC, VVT, in-line 4-cyl
Max power 115 kW @ 6300 rpm
Max torque 190 Nm @ 5100 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 10.9 secs
Braking from 80 km/h 25.3 m
Capacity (ADR figure): 8.1 litres/100 km

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.