The Dodge Caliber, produced from 2007 to 2012, offered a unique proposition in the compact crossover market, blending bold styling with versatile functionality. As a replacement for the Dodge Neon, the Caliber marked a significant departure in terms of design and market positioning.
The Dodge Caliber came with a variety of four-cylinder engines throughout its lifespan. Initially, three different versions of a 1.8L, 2.0L, and 2.4L engine were offered, with horsepower ranging from 148 to 172. Most notable was the introduction of a turbocharged 2.4L engine in the performance-oriented SRT4 model, which produced a substantial 285 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque.
These engines were paired with either a five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT), depending on the model and year. While the base models provided average performance for the compact segment, the SRT4 model offered a much more dynamic driving experience with its potent turbocharged engine.
The Caliber stood out for its distinctive styling, which reflected Dodge's emphasis on bold and aggressive design cues. Read more
Inside, the Caliber offered a reasonably spacious interior and a number of innovative features. The car was able to seat up to five people, and its hatchback design provided flexibility in terms of cargo space. Notable features included an optional flip-down rear speaker setup for tailgate parties, and a "Chill Zone" beverage cooler in the glovebox on certain models.
Sales-wise, the Dodge Caliber had a strong start, with figures peaking in its debut year. Over time, however, sales tapered off as the competition in the compact segment intensified. Nonetheless, the Caliber's distinctive styling, versatile hatchback design, and the availability of a high-performance model helped it to maintain a unique place in the market.