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.