I would be hard-pressed to spend $25,995 on this bland Dodge Caliber when I can get a Volkswagen GTI for $1000 more, or a decently equipped Golf for $4000 less. The 2.4-liter engine isn't the least bit satisfying and the CVT transmission is a poor partner for it. CVTs are supposed to boost fuel economy, but the 21/25 mpg rating is nothing to write home about. And the suspension is clumsy over simple road imperfections. However, the new interior is really nice; especially the center stack and leather bucket seats that are part of the leather interior group.
The navigation system is a bargain at $1275. On my drive home it recalculated my route based on traffic volume, which was a welcome switch; unfortunately it lead me directly into a construction zone that was also jammed.
The Dodge Caliber isn't a terrible car, just as long as you get one close to base price. Paying anything more than $20,000 for one should be illegal.
Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator