I just can't get past the price of this car. There's a decent amount of power, but it's going to the wrong wheels, and the result is tons of violent torque steer. The pedals aren't positioned for heel-and-toe shifting, and the turbo lag is very noticeable. Other cars in the segment (VW GTI and Honda Civic Si) are much more fun to drive and offer better value for your money. Bottom line: the competition in this segment is very strong, and the Caliber just doesn't cut it.
If Chrysler can find a way to keep an SRT4 product around after bankruptcy, it needs to have all-wheel drive, a better driving position, and not be based on the Caliber.
Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor