Used Dodge Caliber (2006 - 2009) Comfort

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 21 Feb 2011
2.5
The Caliber is a tough-looking hatchback that certainly stands out. It's described as a 'crossover' which means it supposedly combines the practicality and styling of an off-roader with the road-holding of a family hatch.

2.5 out of 5

Comfort

As the tall, wide shape suggests, there is plenty of interior space, plus you get a good level of adjustment that includes rear reclining seats on all but the base model. However, the plastics used throughout the interior are hard and almost rough textured - good for keeping clean, but less good for comfort. The backs of the front seats get this material too, so although leg room is generous, knee/seat clashes could be uncomfortable.

The ride quality is perfectly acceptable although the engines are rather raucous.

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

The Caliber has plenty of family-friendly features and a generous luggage capacity. The boot is large enough for a couple of suitcases and the rear seats split and fold 60/40 for extra space. Most models also have a flat folding front passenger seat. In the front there's a split level glove box, which has a central compartment that's air-conditioned to keep four cans of drink chilled.

Above the rear headrests there's an interior light which can be removed and doubles as a rechargeable torch. An optional extra called Music Gate features a stereo with speakers that articulate and project sound from the back when the tailgate is open to provide musical accompaniment to your outdoor activities.

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Behind the wheel

Most of the cabin appears as though it has been built to a low budget. The plastics used feel brittle and mark easily and the design is drab too - with grey materials dominating. The finish is not particularly good and we'd question how long it would take for squeaks and rattles to appear. The dash design itself is simple and well-laid out, helped by the chrome surround, while the white dials illuminate green at night giving a classy look.

But that does little to lift the low-rent feeling. There is no reach adjust on the steering, only rake, so taller drivers will find it difficult to find a comfortable driving position.