The Dodge Caliber shows every sign of becoming a hit when it arrives at dealerships this month. All three engines delivered their power smoothly, with no disruptive surges or flat spots. A five-passenger, five-door hatchback-cum-small station wagon, the Caliber offers a choice of four-cylinder engines. Front-wheel drive is the only choice at these levels. A sister Chrysler hatchback or sedan? Bottom cushions, or squabs in designer lingo, are more flat than sculpted and a bit short on thigh support. Show full review The Dodge Caliber five-seat four-door hatchback replaces the Dodge Neon compact sedan. The front seats are comfortable, but far from plush, with decently bolstered back cushions.
Exterior The Caliber is clearly a Dodge, thanks to the crosshair grille. The Chrysler Group says a third model will be produced there. Units Affected 61791 The recall frenzy has claimed its newest victims: 25,336 Dodge Calibers and Jeep Compasses from the 2007 model year. Topping this arc but stopping at the top of the backlight rear windscreen is an unbroken, thick strip of black molding the Caliber's designers say is supposed to work with the arc and the truncated back end to impart a coupe look. Suspension, f: independent MacPherson strut, coil spring-over gas-pressurized shocks, stabilizer bar Suspension, r: independent, multi-link, coil spring. Boy, how things have changed.
I'm confident that the Dodge Caliber delivers on both fronts. The expected is present but not overwhelming, and the rear suspension keeps the rear end connected to the road. This is particularly important in affordable vehicles, which sometimes are sold at little or no profit. For the truly filthy, stain-resistant fabric will come later in the year. Original Factory 2007 Dodge Caliber Service Repair Manual is a Complete Informational Book.
Its ride and handling characteristics are closer to those of a car — specifically a front-wheel-drive car. Packaging is functional, with folding rear seats that have an optional reclining adjustment and an optional fold-flat front passenger seat to make room for a ladder or more likely, a surfboard. The bi-level glove box, with a compartment on the top of the dash in addition to one in the traditional location, earns high marks, especially the innovative Chill Zone. . It comes standard with a slew of air bags and a smattering of gadgets. They face forward normally, but when the liftgate is raised, they can be swung down to aim rearward and play for tailgate partiers or other such loiterers.
Pedal layout is decent, while not quite ideal for heel-and-toe downshifts, and there's a dead pedal where drivers can rest their left foot on long trips. Styling can make a sub-mediocre car sell well, and it can hamstring an otherwise excellent machine. This price point places it squarely in the middle of the entry-level market it's targeting, but with more cool-factor styling and available options than many of its rivals. The torque is well distributed across the engine-speed range for such small displacement. We're not sure why that was important or that it necessarily succeeds, but it does buff up the Caliber's side aspect.
What… With the likes of Toyota's new Yaris, Nissan's Versa and Honda's Fit, as well as Chevy's second-generation, Korean-built Aveo all hitting American roads in the past year, the sub-compact market in the U. Massive headlights are notched into the leading corners of the front fenders. This rechargeable unit serves as the cargo-area light when attached, and can be removed easily from behind the car or from the backseat. Don't waste time calling around to your local bookstores or waiting for a repair manual to arrive by mail. The Caliber is relatively affordable.
Connected to the air conditioning, it chills up to three cans or bottles that rest on a contoured mat. The feature is shared with the Jeep Compass. Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. Full-round door handles, either chrome-trimmed or body color, bridge scooped-out grip spaces. Having established that, I'll make no comparisons, because the Neon was the last of a previous generation of American compacts that stayed around too long while the foreign cars improved and improved. There's little wind whistle at everyday highway speeds, and even at extra-legal rates of travel, we carried on conversations in normal tones. The roofline arcs cleanly from its junction with the hood just aft of the front wheel well over the side door windows to pinch off at the tail end of the rear quarter glass.
Air conditioning is not standard, nor are power windows. Overseas buyers reportedly prefer this location, and it also frees up some cabin space by eliminating a floor console. Manufacturers increasingly are partnering up to share know-how and manufacturing capacity — and to achieve economies of scale. Dodge's replacement for the Neon keeps the low price and high mpg rating, but trades in the Neon's familiar design for a more aggressive-looking five-seat, five-door crossover hatchback. It does so by running the air-conditioning compressor, so it's not the most fuel-efficient action if you're not already cooling the cabin. The back end pulls from the Magnum, too, with a steeply raked backlight beneath a roof-mounted spoiler and above a mostly upright lower liftgate, employing a hatchback style arguing against any comparisons with a traditional station wagon.
The stereos generate quality sounds, with the top level, Boston Acoustic setup rivaling home systems of only a few years ago. Get access to our 2007 Dodge Caliber repair information right now, online. This price point places it squarely in the middle of the entry-level market it's targeting, but with more cool-factor styling and available options than many of its rivals. There's also a choice of front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, the latter making the Caliber a capable winter vehicle. Many people complain about this placement, but it's not likely to go away, especially in a world car. Now compacts and significantly smaller subcompact cars are remarkably roomy. The engines used in the Caliber are built in Dundee, Mich.