The 2009 Dodge Caliber R/T has significantly more under the hood and in the cabin than the SE and SXT trims. The R/T is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with a five-speed manual transmission that gets 21 city/25 highway mpg. The interior upgrades include heated front seats, color-keyed inserts on the cloth seats, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and an AM/FM stereo with an in-dash 6-CD/DVD/MP3 player and nine Boston Acoustics speakers and a subwoofer. The exterior upgrades include 18-inch aluminum wheels with P215/55R18 BSW all-season performance tires, foglamps, and four-wheel antilock disc brakes.
At the base of its lineup is the 2009 Dodge Caliber SE, powered by a 1.8-liter DOHC four-cylinder paired with a five-speed manual transmission that gets 24 city/30 highway mpg. The SE rides on 15-inch steel wheels with covers and P205/70R15 BSW all-season tires. It comes standard with power front disc and rear drum brakes, advanced multistage airbags in the front, and supplemental side-curtain airbags in the front and rear. Features include a four-speaker AM/FM stereo with in-dash CD/MP3 Player, low-back cloth bucket seats, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, flat load floor storage, illuminated cupholders, a theft deterrent system, and a rear spoiler.
At the top of its lineup sits the 2009 Dodge Caliber SRT4 and its 2.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder turbocharged engine, mated to a six-speed manual Getrag transmission that gets 23 city/29 highway mpg. Performance upgrades also include an electronic stability program, performance-tuned steering, a high-performance suspension, and 19-inch painted aluminum SRT wheels with 225/45R19 BSW all-season performance tires.
Exterior upgrades feature a hood power bulge, liftgate spoiler, and a large-diameter bright exhaust tip. Interior highlights include premium cloth low-back bucket seats with SRT inserts, a height adjuster and lumbar support for the driver's seat, an instrument cluster with performance data display screen, and a vehicle information center. The SRT does share the AM/FM stereo with in-dash 6-CD/DVD/MP3 player with the R/T, but not the nine Boston Acoustics speakers and subwoofer - it gets the four standard speakers that come with the SE and SXT.
The 2009 Dodge Caliber SXT shares a powertrain and basic features with the base SE, but makes a few key additions. The SXT comes standard with air conditioning, power windows with express down for the driver, speed-sensitive power locks, power mirrors, keyless entry, one year of SIRIUS Satellite Radio, stain/odor/static-resistant seating fabric, front passenger and rear fold-flat seats, a rear 60/40-split reclining seat and 17-inch aluminum wheels with P215/60R17 BSW all-season touring tires.