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2008 Dodge Caliber SXT FWDReview
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Gas Mileage Surprise! — #1 benfit is gas mileage. I consistently get more mileage than the avg city and highway on the Window sticker...this amazes me. As much as 32mpg on the highway at 65-70mph with the 2.0 CVT. Trans takes some getting use to but makes more sense as it looks for every opportunity to drop rpm's to save gas. Also saves brakes since the trans slows you down before braking is needed. Great ride height. It's nice to not have to crawl off the floor every time you get in and out. Headlight are std halogen, but have a broad range of lighting and coverage. Interior is plasticy but everything new coming out is like this in the price range, and it's easy to maintain. Only problem was a lower front control arm bushing that was sticky in wet weather. Replaced under warranty. Roomy (I'm 6'3" 220) and versatile. Kids like partial reclining back seats. Wish the XM radio had a input for mp3... big miss on that one.

Pros: Great mileage, versatility, ease of entry, big tires and ground clearance

Cons: Hard plastic interior, MP3 input missing on upgraded radio.

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2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4 FWDReview
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Great Car! — Handling is bad. Needs to be stronger and the oversteering is really bad. But everything else is awsome. Fast, Fast, and really Fast. For being a stock car with not to many addons available right now, it is doing very well. Can't comment on gas becuase the way I drive I run my tank to the ground.

Pros: Almost everything.  The power is what really makes me happy... and all from a 4 banger.  Braking is great too.

Cons: Handling and Oversteering.

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2008 Dodge Caliber SXT FWDReview
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Not The Best Bang For Your Twenty Thousand Bucks. —

I've rented this car twice now; the first time, in the spring, wasn't too bad - it was during one of those relapses into winter where the roads were terrible, which kept me on my best (read: most granny-like) driving behaviour. However, during this second rental stint, in a very mild, dry November, ideal driving conditions have uncovered the serious flaws in this car's character. The car accelerates decently, with the optional 2.0L, 158-hp engine pulling with some strength and a CVT that lets the engine rev to its power band and remain there. However the CVT is as much a problem as a benefit - transitions between lift-throttle (idling, coasting) give you the directness (or choppiness) of a manual, but the hesitation of an automatic - the worst of both worlds. Braking is adequate but pedal feel is vague and non-linear - finding the right amount of pressure to stop from 70-80 km/h without passengers falling out of their seats takes some trial and error. The car's handling is among its biggest downfalls. It starts off badly, being tall for a compact car (seating positions are at a similar height to vehicles like the Toyota RAV4) and heavy. Body roll is moderate, but controlled and fairly predictable. It's when you hit a bump that the car really bites back. Taking corners too quickly, especially loop ramps onto or off the freeway, can be dangerous as each axle will 'hop' if you hit a bump, effectively making your car side-step into a wider turn. Also, being front-wheel drive the natural handling state is understeer, but it arrives with no warning. If this ever happens, let off the throttle and let the Stability Control do its thing - because the car needs it to stay on the roads sometimes. The entire inside of the car, aside from the seating surfaces, windows and roof, are made of cheap, low-rent plastics - worse than in my 1996 Camaro. Thankfully this car had the leather-wrapped steering wheel option, so my hands weren't as badly off as my right knee, which kept banging against the side of the centre console. This isn't a car you want to bang your elbow in, because it WILL hurt. Also detracting from perceived build quality were the squeaks and rattles emanating from somewhere in the rear of the car over certain bumps at certain speeds. At least the doors don't feel completely hollow, as they close with a hint of that solid 'thunk' you hear in better cars. The car's not a looker, to be honest. It could, of course, look worse - most anything from the 90s comes to mind. But, Civic, Corolla, Cobalt, G5, Sentra... they all look better. Even the Ford Focus is hard-pressed to look uglier than the Caliber. On the upside, the 2.0L engine is decently efficient - though not so much so as the 2.0L offerings from Nissan and Mazda, or the 1.8s from Honda and Toyota. Part of that is due to the weight it's forced to lug around. Overall, not a car I'd buy, and not a car I'd rent again, given the choice.

Pros: Engine performance, CVT versatility, cargo space.

Cons: Build quality, CVT operation, ride/handling.

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2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4 FWDReview
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Awesome Car For A Bang For Your Buck — The SRT-4 is a beast. On the quarter mile it does a 14 second flat stock. With so much more unlocked potential. It may be ugly as a truck but it is sweet. Awesome car to drive... especially when people think that there going to smoke you and than bam. They don't see it coming till its to late.

Pros: 285hp stock. Big mitsu turbo. still has four doors. Kicker sound system is pretty good for stock.

Cons: Torque Steer!!!

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2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4 FWDReview
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Dodge Caliber Srt-4 — Faster than you think while undercover with good gas mileage. It turns hard and stop fast for a good price. It gose 155 mph. You can put a 52 inch LCD TV in the back with the seats down. The car is fun and it gets looks here and there.

Pros: 155 mph, Turbo power, 6-speed

Cons: Front wheel drive

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2008 Dodge CaliberReview
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Disappointing Successor To The Neon — The Caliber is Dodge's Neon successor, one of the few decent small cars from Detriot's Big Three. The regular Caliber unfortunately is not competitive for today's small car market. One big problem is the Caliber is bloody heavy for its size making it slow, giving it below average handling and its a gas guzzler compared to everything it competes against. It is not a car I enjoy driving at work. The interior is not that much better, its actually uncomfortable for anybody who isn't tall because of the poorly designed bowl under the steering wheel. Its full of very cheap plastic, its not rare for me to encounter a Caliber with missing plastic pieces. The rear seats do fold, along with its decent trunk space making it quite practical. The good use of space however does not address its serious shortcomings, its a step backwards from the Neon.

Pros: Practical hatch space, very cheap base price

Cons: Slow, weak handling, bad interior design pieces, cheap material, questionable build quality

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2008 Dodge Caliber SXT FWDReview
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2008 Dodge Caliber — the car overall is very well built and good quality and very good on gas with the price of gas now the appearance is very nice looks very nice wheels chrome, it is a very fun car to drive it rides like a sports car overall a good car to buy

Pros: very nice car

Cons: nothing negative

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2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4 FWDReview
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2008 Caliber Srt4 — It's 285 HP of turbocharged goodness that will still pull 30 MPG. I love this car. The way it drives is great, it's performance is incredible for the price. It's practical, but still a lot of fun. It definitely stands out in a crowd. This car allows you to have your cake and eat it too.

Pros: Everything!

Cons: Nothing!

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2008 Dodge Caliber SXT FWDReview
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Super Lil Car — Perfect for what I use it for, work and Solomon, but good for longer trips too!

Pros: Nippy, looks great, super stereo, and plenty of room, and of course the glove box cooler!

Cons: Nothing really, although the cooler doesn't get ice cold.

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2008 Dodge Caliber SXT FWDReview
Vincent writes:
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Small But Spacious. Very Sporty. — Very nice! Black and red interior and seats. Seats four very comfortably. Handles very nice. Illuminating cup holders. Sleek red paint job.

Pros: I have two tone-red and black heated, odor and stain resistant seats.

Cons: Need more horse power

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2009 Dodge Caliber Reviews

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Great Car For Around Town And Safety And Visibility' By DodgeExpress

Handled great and was fun to drive. The improved tires added better handling in rain and especially snow. It was easy to park and had great visibility. With the fold down seats it can handle most h... Read More

2007 Dodge Caliber Reviews

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It’s a Nice car but I just hate hatchbacks they make the back of the car look ugly. But overall this would be a good convenient car not too bad on the year . You never wanna go under 2007 in years for... Read More

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