2009 Dodge Caliber User Reviews

2009 Dodge Caliber Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 18 reviews

  • Performance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Appearance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Overall: 3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 8 reviews
"power" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"brakes" 4 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews
CONS
"power" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"transmission" 2 reviews
"noise" 2 reviews
"steering" 2 reviews

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Hate_this_Caliber writes:
2009 Dodge Caliber SE Review
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It's nice looking.

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Has enormous blind spots from the driver's perspective - can't tell where the front end is, where the back end is, where anything is on the right at all.  Transmission is a complete piece of junk.  It has to be replaced all at the same time instead of maybe fixing a part.  I bought this car in August 2009 and the transmission had to be replaced in January 2011 and here we are doing that again in June 2012.  It's good for about 18 months.  If you hit the brakes at the same time you hit a bump or a pothole, the car actually lurches forward.  There is no pickup to speak of, which makes getting up to highway speed on an interstate on-ramp impossible.  People tailgate me all the time because of its low performance, especially from a dead start.  The continuous variable transmission ought to be outlawed - you might as well consider it to be disposable, because the company obviously does.  If it lives long enough for me to pay it off, I will set it on fire and go buy a Ford Ranger - mine was 10 years old and had 120,000 miles on it before it had transmission problems, and got about the same gas mileage as this one does.

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Run Away! Run Away! Buy A Skateboard! Or A Mule! — Has enormous blind spots from the driver's perspective - can't tell where the front end is, where the back end is, where anything is on the right at all. Transmission is a complete piece of junk. It has to be replaced all at the same time instead of maybe fixing a part. I bought this car in August 2009 and the transmission had to be replaced in January 2011 and here we are doing that again in June 2012. It's good for about 18 months. If you hit the brakes at the same time you hit a bump or a pothole, the car actually lurches forward. There is no pickup to speak of, which makes getting up to highway speed on an interstate on-ramp impossible. People tailgate me all the time because of its low performance, especially from a dead start. The continuous variable transmission ought to be outlawed - you might as well consider it to be disposable, because the company obviously does. If it lives long enough for me to pay it off, I will set it on fire and go buy a Ford Ranger - mine was 10 years old and had 120,000 miles on it before it had transmission problems, and got about the same gas mileage as this one does.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Stephen writes:
2009 Dodge Caliber SE Review
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Roomier than it looks, lighted thermal cup holders

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Engine power, Engine noise, Road noise, Cheap materials, Poor handling, Gas mileage poor, 12 gallon gas tank

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Not Sure What I Was Thinking. There Are Dozens Of Us And Foreign Cars That Would Be A Better Choice. — Believe the expert reviews. Worst car I have ever driven, including rentals and other peoples old beaters. Couldn't wait to get rid of it. Bought it because I was driving a lot (200 miles/day) and needed better gas mileage. Gas mileage was terrible and with the tiny gas tank, I was filling up every 2 days. Got about 200 miles before fuel light came on. My Dad gets better mileage on his 8 cylinder Cadillac. Car was noisy, interior noise was almost unbearable. Handling was awful, always made wide turns. Bad engine, no power, very loud. Caliber is cheaply built, don't expect to see many of these on the road in 5 years.

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Natalie writes:
2009 Dodge Caliber SXT Review
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comfy interior, handles nice.

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Shifter in odd spot takes getting used to,   1.8L seems under powered for its size.

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Love The Caliber — 50 MPG. It was cheaper to buy new than used. Drives nice, it's comfortable, and a 5 speed. It is surprisingly big. Problem with backing up though,when looking through the rear window it looks like whatever is behind you are right on top of it, but really is not so close.

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Sherri writes:
2009 Dodge Caliber SXT Review
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Very Roomy and Fun to Drive.

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Because of the cars weight and size even thought it is a compact and a 4 cylinder it burns gas more like a 6 cylinder car.  Personally I would rather have the room so I don't mine.  

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You Get A Mid-sized Car At A Compact Price. — Fun car to drive, great power for a 4 cylinder. It's like getting a mid-size car for the price of a compact, but of course being a little heavier and bigger you burn a little more gas. Great style. This is a great family car, great for kids, and a good size trunk with a nice cover if you choose to use it.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Annika writes:
2009 Dodge Caliber SXT Review
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there is no reason to drive this car

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not fast enough

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Can't Stand My Car — acceleration - sucks, braking is normal - nothing special like the interior - but nothing special either, cheap on gas - but not the cheapest yo ucan find nowadays, cheap price, no fun at all to drive it. I f I had had more money and more time to look for a car back then, I would have never bought this car

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Larry writes:
2009 Dodge Caliber SXT Review
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I live the Looks

Cons

Its not a speedy car

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Cailber Is A Good Car — The Acceleration is Good but a Porsche can beat me, braking is fine, love the way it handles, i feel safe in the car. The miles is not as Good as my Honda but i understand that its a different car and the miles are comparable to the same vehicle.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Wayne writes:
2009 Dodge Caliber SRT4 Review
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everything

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nothing

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Csrt-4 — I love everything about the car, only pros...not a single con to it. Fast, great handling, awesome brakes, stereo is great, performs great. really nothing wrong with the car. very safe too, rolled one last year and didnt get hurt.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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jeffreycolds writes:
2009 Dodge Caliber SXT Review
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mileage,ride,power

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slight visibility issue

jeffreycolds
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Amazing Bang For The Buck — Brilliant black paint is stunning. Interior is stylish, very roomy and exceedingly comfortable.2.0 engine is powerful and smooth. Ride is tight and quiet. My only complaint is visibility out of rear side windows is poor, but I just added small, convex mirrors to the door mirrors and solved that issue. 35mpg at 80mph. Awesome! I absolutely love this little car! Would not change anything.

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GFox writes:
2009 Dodge Caliber SXT Review
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Durability, flexibility, great gas mileage,

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Road noise comes through, suspension

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Great Commuter — I bought this car originally to travel for work and less than a month later was given a company vehicle. The car sat for a year until my wife got pregnant and had to give up her 2-door Accord in lieu for this more car seat friendly vehicle. She has been happy with it with the exception of the bad suspension (feel every bump) and the horrible sound dampining qualities (hear every road noise).

Primary Use: Family transportation

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rmorrone writes:
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Compact car with a great pick up featuring the 2.0L engine. Great for new drivers or small families. Lots of room for kids and ideal for a shopping or day trip with the family.

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Low to the ground.

rmorrone
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Great, Safe, Affordable Starter Car — Loved everything about the car while we needed it. Took many day-trips with this car and it provided us with a safe and reliable travel. Now we are looking for a SUV and something with a little more room inside as we build our family.

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2007 Dodge Caliber Reviews

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