2012 Dodge Caliber
Flexible 5-door configuration; advanced technology features; good performance; fuel efficiency
The 2012 Dodge Caliber hatchback comes with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that makes 158 horsepower. It's connected to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or an optional continuously-variable transmission (CVT).
Standard safety equipment includes seat-mounted side air bags, first- and second-row side-curtain air bags, anti-lock brakes, brake assist and traction control, driver and front-passenger active head restraints and tire pressure monitoring.
The base SE comes well equipped, with an MP3/CD stereo, one year of satellite radio, power windows and door locks, keyless entry and cruise control. The SXT adds a standard CVT transmission, touring suspension, 17-inch aluminum wheels, fog lamps and stability control. The SXT Plus includes sport suspension, 18-inch alloys and a sporty body kit.
Notable options include blue or red seat inserts and a power sunroof. The Media Center 430 with a 30GB hard drive and touch screen and a 6-way power seat.
The Caliber's lineup has been revised again and the trims are now known as SE, SXT and SXT Plus, but the relative equipment remains similar to 2011, but with a few changes. Mango Tango Pearl paint is no longer available, and Redline has been added. The SXT, or the "Heat" as it was once known, no longer offers a manual transmission and now comes with 17-inch wheels as standard equipment and the SXT Plus gets 18-inch wheels.
The 2012 Dodge Caliber is squarely in the small car category, offered as a 5-door hatchback. With bold styling and a new trim lineup, the Caliber combines a sporty coupe-like profile with the functionality of a larger wagon or small SUV, the fuel economy of a small car, the Caliber appeals to buyers who might consider the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla or Chevrolet Cruze.
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the indicated model year. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models
before the indicated model year. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how
you drive and maintain your vehicle.