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According to a post on Caliber Forums, Dodge's hatchback is finally getting some love from the Pentastar in the form of a revised interior. Since it first went on sale in 2006, one of the biggest complaints from owners and reviewers alike has been the expansive black plastic surfaces covering every square inch of the car's dash, center console, armrest and door panels. Having spent plenty of time in a multitude of Calibers over the years, we can say with confidence that its interior has a decidedly low-rent look and is thoroughly uncomfortable to the touch – especially the bits where elbows often come into contact with hard plastic.

Included in the 2010 Caliber interior refresh are a new instrument panel, soft-touch center armrest, restyled vinyl-wrapped door panels and revised HVAC controls. It also appears that the A/C vents have been relocated to the upper dash panel and are now round. Click here for a glimpse at the current interior. Overall, this upgrade looks to be quite an improvement, and one sorely needed if Chrysler expects the Caliber to last for a few more years on the market before its (likely Fiat-based) replacement is ready. Thanks for the tip, Glenn!

[Source: Caliber Forums]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Perfect example of a good concept destroyed by dredful execution. Have rented enough of these to know to immediately steal a hotel washcloth to fold up and put on the door armrest. Engines were reasonable but totally ruined by the CVT transmission. Just a few dollars, spent wisely, could have changed these into at least reasonable vehicles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Caliber forums"???
      • 5 Years Ago
      Actually, for what it is, the Caliber isn't a bad little car. My brother got an 07 for 8K, and for 8K, it's a good little car. It has a little 2.0 engine with the CVT, and it's actually quite surprisingly quick. Brakes are good, steering is good... no complaints. Interior is pretty bland, and bare bone (his doesn't have power locks or windows), but, after a few years, it drives perfectly, and rather smoothly. It's also fuel efficient. No complaints here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Did you drive a bus before you drive his caliber? Drive a car thats actually manufactured well beforehand and you'll see the caliber's shortcomings much better. The steering is dead awful, brake feel is non existent, cornering is laughable its so bad. And when did he get a base '07? I think he could have spent 8K in much better ways on a similar year car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jason, if you don't like it, that's fine and all. But why do you have to try and make other people hate it too?

        "I think he could have spent 8K in much better ways on a similar year car. "

        ROFL. someone you never met, about who you know nothing, nor what they like, and you say crap like this. Stop acting like everyone should think like you.
      ripslymemc
      • 5 Years Ago
      wow...that's it?

      better than nothing i guess...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ripslymemc
        it's an over-compressed, low-resolution rendering. you can't tell material quality from that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now the car might actually be up to the last Neon's competitiveness level.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In other news, apparently the Dodge Caliber has fans.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why is there such vitriol on the internet? The hyperbole and nastiness is just too much. These cars are actually not that bad. I drive a Ford Focus SVT, so I know what a good handling car feels like, and I quite enjoy driving these and their Jeep Patriot siblings. In fact, the Patriot was the nicer to drive and more fun than any of the other small utes I test drove.
      Furthermore, there are lots of cars with hard plastic, and while the old interiors of the triplets was pretty poor, I quite like the new one in the Patriot.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I also drive a Focus SVT and I have driven a Caliber. The Caliber made me wish I was walking.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Patriot is great and a great deal. My brother (used to) make them at Belvedere. He's now retired in sunny Florida...lucky guy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I drove an '09 Caliber for about 4500 miles as a company car. Yes I'll agree that all cars use hard plastic pieces for interiors but the Caliber's hard plastic pieces are way too rough and sharp. Think of the current Caliber's instrument panel being covered in 80 grit sandpaper when it needs to be 3000 grit or so.

      For my needs the little car did just fine. I would rather of had a manual transmission instead of the CVT but there was no chance of that happening. The CVT was the worst part of the car because it felt like it was constantly rocking back and forth at low RPM's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I could never believe they considered this a replacement to the neon and actually made an SRT-4 version. The SRT-4 neon was actually pretty cool in a boy racer way but I'm not sure who the Caliber was supposed to be appealing to, grandma racers?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't think this interior touch-up will elevate the caliber from being the worst car being sold in America today

      Chrysler should just get rid of this car. It's hopelessly stigmatized.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who cares?



      This car will still be crap and continue to not sell or be any good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      it needs a reworked EVERYTHING to be halfway OK, though
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