2007 Dodge Caliber Review

Friday June 22nd, 2007 at 12:66 PM
Posted by: natasha

2007 Dodge Caliber
by Natasha M.
(Article updated Aug 2010)

Pros:

  • Drivability
  • Safety features
  • Storage

Cons:

  • Engine power
  • Expect to pay more for added upgrades & amenities

Ruling:
The Caliber displays a rugged design yet its smaller engine that fortunately saves on gas offsets itself on engine power and acceleration.

Driving along the California coastline is no doubt a breath-taking scenic experience. But underestimate that tricky terrain – the narrow two-lane roads, overhanging cliffs, and gravelly shoulders – and you might be in for an unexpected treacherous “off-road” adventure! Which is why choosing the right car to safely maneuver the tricky terrain is your best bet. Cue the music and enter stage left the all-new 2007 Dodge Caliber crossover utility vehicle.

The 2007 Dodge Caliber SXT was a steady drive that did well with its tight turning radius and stable handling of curvy roads. Our test vehicle featured the optional 2.0-liter, 16-valve dual VVT, 158 horsepower engine (available for the SE, SXT and SXT Sport) which was upgraded from the 1.8-liter, 148 HP engine. The R/T model has the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, 172 HP engine. The 17” wheels with Firestone tires gripped the road well but lost its aesthetic impact due to the silver wheel covers that just can’t match the same appeal as the chrome-clad aluminum alloy wheels offered only in the R/T.

2007 Dodge Caliber

The bold, boxy exterior design does create an aggressive feel especially with the signature Dodge crosshair grill, oversized halogen headlamps and sharp outline of its rear liftgate. I would probably compare it more to a crossover wagon than a crossover SUV (such as the 2007 GMC Acadia) because it appeared more similar in size and stamina to a hatchback wagon.

The acceleration and power was also equal to more of a car than an SUV. The positive side is that it’s more marketable because of its smaller engine that is more fuel-efficient with its estimated gas mileage of 26 MPG in city and 30 MPG highway and its versatility as a five-door design.

When it comes to safety and security, Caliber did well to make the grade. I learned that the 2007 Dodge Caliber received the highest frontal and side crash-test rating from the government with five stars. It also offers ESP (Electronic Stability Program) that’s designed to assist drivers in maintaining control of their vehicles during extreme steering maneuvers. The Anti-lock brakes are standard on the RT and they also come standard on the SE and SXT when it is equipped with the automatic transmission.

Dodge Caliber - cargo area Dodge Caliber - center console Dodge Caliber - gauge pod

The fun part of the 2007 Dodge Caliber are all the neat options to add splashes of color and special amenities that fit any active lifestyle. Neat interior highlights that I really liked were the beverage cooler (the “chill zone” fits up to 4 bottles or cans), removable & rechargeable overhead cargo flashlight, multi-tiered glove box, MP3 (iPod or Cell Phone) holder in the adjustable armrest, and fold-flat seating that extends your cargo space. I wasn’t thrilled about the vinyl cargo-area load floor but on the good side it makes it durable and washable. Other favorable features include an option for hands-free phone (uConnect), satellite radio, stain resistant fabric and many other very cool features.

But be aware that all of these modern conveniences are found mostly in the R/T model. The SE offers the bare minimum. The SXT model is a step up with some basic amenities and the R/T offers all the bonuses that make any car more functional and exciting. My thought is that buyers should budget much higher than the MSRP starting price of $14,285. This can be the Caliber’s big drawback because you’re almost encouraged to go for the gold with the R/T while there are just as reliable cars (fully loaded) in the same price range.

Dodge Caliber - front seat Dodge Caliber - back seat

Editor’s note: SUV/crossover utility vehicles similar in class are the Ford Escape, Mazda CX-7, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4. Similar hatchback wagons include the Ford Focus Wagon, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac Vibe, and Subaru Outback

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DodgeNuevoLogoNews About the 2012 Dodge Caliber

A redesigned Dodge Caliber compact car is near the top of the to-do list for the new Chrysler Group LLC and its Italian partner, Fiat Auto. The replacement, which may get a new name, is expected to start sale in calendar 2011 as an early 2012 model, timing that would make it the American automaker’s first post-bankruptcy product to reach consumers.

Various sources indicate the 2012 Dodge Caliber will be built on Fiat’s C-Evo platform, a new architecture that can be varied to host a variety of “C-segment” vehicles. This means the new Caliber will compare to compact cars and crossover SUVs of the same general size as the Ford Focus and new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. Aimed to compete with the new Audi A1 and BMW 1 Series, the platform uses 84 percent high and ultrahigh strength steel, a McPherson front and a dual-link rear suspension, both of which will use aluminum components (front and rear arms, along with the crossmember). The platform comes in around 10 percent lighter than its predecessor thanks to the use of aluminum and magnesium, and is designed to fit a transverse engine and can be adapted for either front- or all-wheel drive applications.

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  7. Suzette says:

    I just bought an 07 Caliber yesterday. When I went out shopping for a car I was not looking at anything like this and out of curiosity I sat in the front seat. I love the way the interior is set up and all the little details from the reclining back seats to the way the steering wheel is made. I figured I’d test drive it and it suited me perfect. I’m used to my parents Nitro which is like a larger squarer version of the Caliber and I love to drive it. Gas mileage could be better but other than that I LOVE this car.

  8. Trace Mc carter says:

    Dodge Caliber is really classy..I recently purchased one fro myself..What I really like about this sedan is its muscular build and exterior and interior styling that makes it stands out..Really spacious interiors..Very well-placed controls..Cool dashboard! I pleasantly pleased with this car..Really awesome!

  9. J says:

    I would not recommend the caliber to any one I have the 2007 dodge caliber sxt and it is a peice of junk I bought it brand new I used it for a commuter it now has 240,000 km. The car has had the usual problems that this vehicle has bad tie rods wears tires excessively blind spots out the ying yang no room for passengers as well as the road noise. But most recently the car has been making a knocking noise like a noisy lifter mainly only while it wAs cold the transmition light would come on while driving dodge said it was a loose wire they \repaired\ it but it was back in a day. The engine knock has gotten worse and now throwing codes p0017,p0303,p000a,p000p. Witch are the crank and cam sensors and a cyilender 3 missfire . This car is junk

  10. miky says:

    beautifool

  11. Leanna says:

    I purchased a 2007 Dodge Caliber RT all wheel drive, I really wasn’t sure how I would like it, but I gotta tell ya, it’s great for handling and awesome in the snow, I live in the Adirondack Mountains of NY, not to mention I am 4’11″ and I have very little issues with reaching things, cars are usually designed for taller people in mind, but this car is nice and would be better if I had a power seat. I have always had sportier cars, but I love this car.

  12. Red Oscar says:

    I’ve had my 2009 Caliber SXT for a little over three weeks now. We bought it using the “Cash for Clunkers” rebate and feel the value was terrific. Driveability is fine for general commuting. I can’t comment yet about fuel mileage because I’m still on my first tank. I think the fit and finish of the vehicle is excellent on the car. Also, I don’t mind the hard plastic interior. I find that after 10-15 years, the soft parts always separate from the hard plastic parts anyway. The seats are very comfortable and we have plenty of room for four adults. Even my son who is pretty tall was surprised by how much headroom he had in the backseat. If I can average 30 mpg or better on the highway, I will be a happy camper.

  13. miley c. says:

    As a famous singer i drive this car along with a couple of other cars
    this is a really great car it has alot of space and is not very expensive it does get really good gas mile age and the A/C works good
    love,Miley Cyrus

  14. janet says:

    this car is really great i love it im going to buy one a 2009 i currently have a 2007 but they are both great to drive it gets pretty good gas mileage so yah if i were you i would buy it

  15. tina says:

    I drove my sister’s dodge caliber and its boring to drive

  16. AG says:

    Dumber and Uglier. When will American auto manufacturers learn enough so that we can stop bailing them out?

  17. Herbie M. says:

    I just bought a brand new Dodge 2008 Caliber. I never thought in a million years that I would purchase a Dodge/Chrysler product. I have to admit the styling of this car is pretty trippy. Square to be exact!!, but for me there was something to that styling that I really liked. I have to admit that for the price the interior could probably be a little nicer instead of the hard plastic covers they put in there. Overall I do like the way the car drives and handles. No it will certainly not win any races. The engine is a bit under powered for my standards, but I am not the main driver of this car and for what it will be used for, mainly for commutes around town this car is just fine. The lifetime transmission warranty was also a pretty good incentive for me.

  18. Steph says:

    What is this piece of crap? They want me to drive this around while fixing my nice honda? Bull. I had the pedal to the metal and still wasn’t moving. People passing me up on the interstate and everything. 4 cylinder piece of crap.

  19. Yee Chan says:

    I got it as a rental car, as my Z is being repaired and I nearly cried. It looks worse in person. It has so many angles and it drives like a heavy minivan. I really, really hate it. This is my hell for two weeks. I wish I could run the Calibre off a cliff and end it’s misery.

  20. Mark P. says:

    I’ve had the 07 R/T for 6 months now. Love the car but disappointed with the fuel economy. Best I’ve gotten was 23 MPG on the highway with AC off.

  21. Iris M. says:

    It’s ugly. Can’t see myself in that at all. Obviously targeted toward young adults and old teenagers.

  22. Maria says:

    Just purchased my Caliber and I have to say its a really fun car! Review is correct about getting the fully loaded version if you can. Makes the car even better. I’ve saved lots of gas and really enjoy driving it!

  23. Frederick F. Fletcher says:

    …..a rental car my girlfriend got from Avis or whatever…..

    ..seemed to be a practical little (parked alongside my age-25 diesel pickup……..seemed about the same length) vehicle. The automatic on this particular car prevented – IMHO – savoring the car’s full charm/potential.

    All in all (brief exposure nonwithstanding) a very pleasant experience.





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