2010 Dodge Caliber Rush

I can't wait until Chrysler's small and mid-size cars are based on Fiat products. It's hard to think of a compact car that's not better than the Caliber. This test car in particular is loaded to the gills, ringing the cash register at a whopping $26K. Sure, it comes with lots of nice features like navigation, heated leather seats, a sunroof, and a kickin' stereo, but I'd gladly give up those niceties to get a better car (like the Mitsubishi Lancer that Evan mentioned, for instance).

When you're driving the Caliber, it feels like you're driving a vehicle that's much larger, thanks in part to the Dodge's chunky styling, high door sills (which are tricky to climb over), numb steering, average ride quality, and high center of gravity. I'm a Mopar guy by birth, but the current Caliber/Compass/Patriot and Avenger/Sebring products make it very difficult to wave the flag proudly.

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

I have a friend who spends 100 days a year in rental cars. He not only reads about cars like you and me, he drives them all. He agreed with me that, hands down, this car was the worst production car, foreign or domestic, that he could name.Cheap plastic interior, groaning CVT, lethargic engine, handling out of an 80s Buick. But you will average about 20 mpg, so that's good. Mr. Marchionne must have scratched his head after driving one of these.
They should call it hush instead, that thing repeatedly finishes last in MT Comparo's all the time.
Do you still bang your right knee on the round piece of plastic under the steering wheel? I sat in a 2006, I had to fight to get in this thing, I bought a Magnum instead, yes that was a mistake.

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