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2011 Dodge Caliber Heat

A Monument To Mediocrity We didn't exactly get off on the right foot with the Dodge Caliber. As the spiritual successor to the profitable and successful Dodge Neon, this boxy hatch had big expectations to meet when it touched down way back in 2006. Unfortunately, the Caliber never found itself in the same room as those expectations. But it was crafted during the dark days before Chrysler's fall, and the company has recently made great strides in shoring up its product line. Nearly every vehicle in the Dodge and Chrysler stable, as well as few pieces from the houses of Ram and Jeep,... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
2.0L I4
Power:
158 HP / 141 LB-FT
Transmission:
CVT
MSRP:
$21,105 as tested
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    Dodge announces upgraded lineup for 2010 including Nitro Detonator
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