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