2008 dodge caliber

2008 dodge caliber DEFAULT

From the November 2007 issue of Car and Driver.

The basic recipe has been a Chrysler cookbook favorite through several management regimes, foreign and domestic. It goes like this: Take one small basic-transportation appliance. Add boost. Cook to taste.

Chrysler's tradition of pressure-cooker pocket rockets began in 1985 with the Dodge Omni GLH Turbo (it stood for "Goes Like Hell"), created at a time when the corporation was still edging back from the lip of an economic abyss and had little in the way of engine resources. The solution was turbocharging, a cheap route to extracting big power from small displacements.

Fast-forward to now, and the much-anticipated resurrection of the Dodge SRT4, known in this incarnation as the Caliber SRT4—just in case there might be some confusion with the previous Neon-based SRT4.

Standards have changed since the GLH. For example, it is no longer acceptable for the car to try to snatch the steering wheel from the driver's hands. Our GLH road test [May 1985] warned the world that if an unwary driver should "apply full throttle in first or second gear with the front wheels cocked a bit to port or starboard, the GLH Turbo is going to go where it's pointed—into that ditch, up that snowbank, or around that tree." It's called torque steer, a phenomenon that is still not uncommon in small front-drive cars with lots of power. With 285 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, the hot Caliber clearly fits that description. We're happy to report that the SRT guys have largely tamed that particular demon, at least compared with a couple other cars in this class.

HIGHS: Torque galore, never-fade brakes, autocross steering, crisp shifting, grippy bucket seats.

However, we're getting ahead of our narrative. What you really want to know is the hardware story, what the hardware adds up to in terms of performance, what it costs, and how all of this stacks up versus the other pocket-rocket players. So let's address those power points in that order.

Mechanically and cosmetically, the not-so-blank canvas on which the SRT troops were invited to exercise their go-faster artistry represented a much bigger challenge than did the Neon. Tall (59.7 inches), brickish, and ungainly, the Caliber isn't the kind of car that activates the salivary glands of street racers. But you play the cards you're dealt, and considering the nature of the base car, the SRT achievement is impressive.

The first order of business was the suspension. Although there were no concerns with chassis rigidity—the front-shock-tower connecting brace common to so many factory hot-rod packages is conspicuous by its absence here—the team had to figure out how to make a big reduction in ride height and still retain acceptable ride and handling. There were two reasons for the lowering job. One—minor—was cosmetic. Getting the car a little closer to the ground, and filling the wheel wells with 7.5-by-19-inch cast aluminum wheels, makes it easier to sell the idea that this Caliber has attitude. Second, reducing the ride height—1.1 inches front, 0.8 inch rear—helped to reduce torque steer by making the half-shaft angles essentially flat between the differential and the wheels.

As you'd expect, the suspension has undergone a general stiffening, with ZF Sachs twin-tube dampers all around, higher spring rates fore-and-aft, and a stiffer (by 0.71 inch) rear anti-roll bar. Given the car's speed potential, the SRT team decided it was best to be conservative with rear roll stiffness. However, for hard-core autocrossers, Mopar plans to offer a track kit with much higher spring rates and firmer dampers.

The brakes are formidable: 13.4-by-1.1-inch vented front rotors squeezed by twin-piston calipers and cooled by vents molded into the front fascia, 11.9-inch solid rear rotors, and standard anti-lock. Not only does this system provide fade-free braking, but the heavy-duty dimensions of the front rotors allowed the engineers to be aggressive with the so-called brake-lock differential. The brake-lock diff is an alternative to a conventional mechanical limited-slip differential and relies on the traction-control system. Operating on info from the ABS sensors, it limits wheelspin by squeezing the rotor of the wheel that has lost traction, which sends power to the opposite wheel. This is not a new strategy—Audi, BMW, and Mercedes use this technique—but the SRT4 system operates up to 85 mph, much higher than any other, according to Dodge. The system tends to chew the rotors pretty hard, but the SRT engineers figure their robust setup can handle it.

Braking power gets onto the pavement via 225/45R-19 tires (optional Goodyear Eagle F1s on our test car). Other elements of the chassis inventory include power rack-and-pinion steering, traction control, and stability control. The latter can't be entirely shut down, although its threshold is high. But it does add to the challenge of achieving optimal drag-racing holeshots. More on that later.

First, let's take a look under the hood, which is distinguished by one real hood scoop and two fake breather vents. The starting point for the SRT4 engine was the same 2.4-liter Chrysler/Hyundai/Mitsubishi DOHC 16-valve aluminum four you can get with a Caliber, except the regular Caliber version generates 172 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque. This one, as you already know, generates a helluva lot more. Here's how. The pistons are cast aluminum, running in iron liners, with forged con rods and trimetal bearings. SRT was confident the standard production forged-steel crank could take the extra heat and power. Oil squirters help keep the pistons cool, and an external cooler keeps temps of the Mobil 1 synthetic oil uniform.

At the top end, there's variable valve timing on both cam banks, with bucket tappets punching the valves, which are made of Inconel (a high-temp alloy) on the exhaust side. And, of course, there's that most essential of ingredients—boost, 12-psi max at sea level, but it can rise to 15 psi at high altitudes, provided by a Mitsubishi TD04 turbocharger via a big (11-row) Valeo air-to-air intercooler. Like the previous SRT4 engine, this 2.4 is a long-stroke design and not a high-revver. The power peaks are more like lofty plateaus. Max torque is available from 2000 to 5600 rpm, max horsepower is on tap from 5700 to 6400, and the small-scroll turbo spools up quickly.

LOWS: Body roll galore, wallows in hard cornering, disappointing stopping distances.

The engine feeds its output into a six-speed Getrag manual gearbox via a dual-mass flywheel. Like the gearbox in the garden-variety Caliber, it's a cable shifter, but the throws are shorter and the engagements are far more decisive.

There are cosmetic elements to the SRT package, too, but we think you'd rather hear about the dynamic payoff first. Okay. Let's start with the what'll-she-do department. Getting an effective launch is tricky, something that's true of most front-drive turbo cars. The SRT people predict zero-to-60 mph in a little over six seconds. We clocked 5.9. The quarter-mile ate up 14.4 seconds, showing a 103-mph trap speed. Top speed is officially listed as 155 mph, although one of the SRT development guys says he ran a prototype to as high as 161.

Regular readers will recall that the Neon-based SRT4 we tested in April 2004 posted better numbers: 5.3 seconds to 60, the quarter in 13.9 at 103. You'll also recall that a Mazdaspeed 3 [Power Toys," May 2007] ran to 60 mph in 5.4 and through the quarter in 14 flat at 101. We should note here that at 3233 pounds, the Caliber is 249 pounds heavier than that Neon-based SRT4 and 48 pounds heavier than the Mazdaspeed. Mass is never a plus for acceleration, nor does it help braking. The SRT4's brakes don't fade, but 175-foot stops from 70 mph can't be called impressive.

Handling: It didn't take many circuits at Putnam Park near Greencastle, Indiana, to convince us that the SRT4 isn't happy on a racetrack. Understeer in this environment ranges from mulish to absolute, the limited suspension travel provokes some unpleasant wallowing, and the actions of the traction control produce some strange sensations, although the engineers insist it's more effective than a conventional limited-slip diff, which they tried initially.

On public roads, the story improves. The car still doesn't thrive on bumpy corners, but it inspires confidence nevertheless, with decent grip (0.84 g on the skidpad), sports-car steering, and surprisingly brisk responses in rapid transitions—surprisingly, because the SRT4 has a high center of gravity and hard cornering does entail a fair amount of body roll. But it hangs in there anyway.

The rest of the car: SRT cosmetic and aero enhancements include a deeper front air dam, rocker-panel extensions, a king-size spoiler extending over the rear hatch, a row of vertical diffuser strakes at the bottom of the rear end, and a four-inch echo-can exhaust tip.

Inside, there's a set of excellent bucket seats with leather outers, red stitching, and grippy cloth centers providing plenty of lateral support, particularly for the torso; a leather-clad steering wheel; the obligatory aluminum pedal pads; and white-face SRT gauges. A nifty instrument option is the "performance pages" reconfigurable display that can give the driver acceleration times, lateral g, braking distance, and more.

THE VERDICT: Like a Camembert-and-sardine sandwich, it figures to be an acquired taste.

As with previous SRT hot rods, the latest rates as a performance bargain, with prices starting from $22,995. Amazingly, that's similar to the base price for a Mazdaspeed 3. Coincidence? And which is preferable? Maybe we should get the two cars side by side and head-to-head? Ya think?


Counterpoint

Theoretically, the SRT4 is my kind of machine—plenty of power, a good price, and a body style that can almost carry a couch. It's got the goodies but, sadly, not the soul. There's not enough friskiness in the chassis, too little joy to be had blipping the throttle, and a good amount of torque steer. I loved the Neon-based SRT4 and hoped the Caliber would be a hatchback version. It's not, which goes to show that no amount of polishing can put a shine on the Caliber. —Larry Webster

Some hot cars get faster when they graduate to the next generation. Others, such as this Caliber SRT4, develop a refined maturity. This '08 model has a tightness of construction and dynamic stability that are light-years beyond its rorty predecessor. But these virtues come with greater size and weight and the loss of that on-the-edge-of-control tossability that made the previous SRT4 occasionally irritating but always engaging. —Csaba Csere

Specifications

SPECIFICATIONS

2008 Dodge Caliber SRT-4

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

PRICE AS TESTED
$26,220 (base price: $22,995)

ENGINE TYPE
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, port fuel injection
Displacement
144 in3, 2360 cm3
Power
285 hp @ 5700 rpm
Torque
265 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

TRANSMISSION
6-speed manual

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 13.4-in vented disc/11.9-in disc
Tires: Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar, 225/45ZR-19 92W

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 103.7 in
Length: 173.8 in
Width: 68.8 in
Height: 59.7 in
Passenger volume: 95 ft3
Cargo volume: 19 ft3
Curb weight: 3233 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 5.9 sec
100 mph: 14.0 sec
130 mph: 26.2 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 6.7 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 14.2 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 9.5 sec
1/4 mile: 14.4 sec @ 103 mph
Top speed (drag limited, mfr's claim): 155 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 175 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.84 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 22 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 22/19/27 mpg

c/d testing explained

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2008 Dodge Caliber R/T 4dr HB AWD Features and Specs

Heated cloth front bucket seats-inc: color-keyed inserts, driver seat height adjust

Rear 60/40 fold-flat split recline seat

Sliding armrest

Full-length floor console

Floor carpeting

Luxury front/rear floor mats

Tilt steering column

Leather-wrapped steering wheel w/audio controls

Electroluminescent instrumentation w/color-keyed bezel, 120 MPH speedometer, tachometer, instrument panel cooler, bright I/P switches

Tire pressure monitor warning lamp

Outside temp display in odometer

Pwr accessory delay

Pwr windows w/driver 1-touch feature

Speed-sensitive pwr door locks

Remote keyless entry

Speed control

Sentry Key theft deterrent system

AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: (2) articulating liftgate speakers, (6) Boston Acoustics speakers w/subwoofer

Sirius satellite radio-inc: (1) year service *N/A in HI or PR* *Limited service in AK*

Fixed mast antenna

Air conditioning w/Chill Zone storage, air filtering

Rear seat heat ducts

Rear window defroster

Illuminated cupholders

Auxiliary 12V & 115V pwr outlets

Removable/rechargeable interior lamp

Sliding sunvisors w/mirrors

Passenger assist handles

Illumination-inc: front dome, map/dome reading lamps, illuminated entry

Bright interior accents

Color-keyed shift knob bezel

Soft tonneau cover

Cargo compartment carpeting

Fold-flat load floor storage

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Dodge Caliber

This article is about the car. For the unit of measurement, see Caliber.

Motor vehicle

Dodge Caliber
Dodge Caliber -- 09-07-2009.jpg
ManufacturerDodge[a]
ProductionMarch 2006 – November 2011
Model years2007–2012
Assembly
ClassCompact car
Body style5-door hatchback
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
PlatformChrysler PM/MK platform
Related
Engine
Transmission
Wheelbase103.7 in (2,635 mm)
Length173.8 in (4,415 mm)
Width68.8 in (1,748 mm)
Height
  • 60.4 in (1,534 mm)
  • SRT-4: 59.7 in (1,516 mm)
Curb weight3,052 lb (1,384 kg)
Predecessor
SuccessorDodge Dart (PF)

The Dodge Caliber is a front-engine, front-wheel drive five-door compact hatchback[2] manufactured and marketed by Chrysler's Dodge division from model years 2007 to 2012, replacing the Dodge Neon and Chrysler PT Cruiser.

Following the Caliber concept which debuted at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show,[3] the pre-production version debuted at the 2006 North American International Auto Show, with market launch in March 2006.

The Caliber was manufactured at the Belvidere Assembly (Illinois) plant, and across its six-year model run, just over 400,000 were produced.

Marketing[edit]

The Caliber was one of Dodge's first modern offerings in Europe and in Asian markets such as Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, as it established new distribution channels there. It was also introduced in China in 2008 as Dodge's second modern vehicle offering in that market. Dodge vehicles were last officially sold in China during the World War II era. The introduction of the Caliber had marked the return of the Dodge brand to Australia since the early 1970s.[4]

The Caliber in Japan joined the Chrysler PT Cruiser in 2007, as the PT Cruiser was offered since 2000, but as with previous Chrysler products sold in Japan, the width dimension exceeded Japanese Government dimension regulations, and Japanese consumers were liable for annual taxes for driving a larger car which affected sales. As Chrysler products were considered large to the Japanese market, Chrysler offered products that offered spacious interiors with four doors and one-piece liftgates to broaden their appeal to the Japanese as a compromise for paying the annual tax for large vehicles.

The marketing plan for the first year of the Caliber's production included 20% of the budget for online marketing, print ads, and TV commercials.[5]

Features[edit]

The Dodge Caliber offered a continuously variable transmission (called CVT2 by Dodge) sourced from Jatco (a Nissan subsidiary), the second DaimlerChrysler model to employ this technology after the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. It uses a four-cylinder 1.8-2.4 L World gasoline engine, designed jointly by Chrysler, Mitsubishi, and Hyundai.

The car features an optional electronically controlled all-wheel drive system with variable torque at speeds of 25 to 65 mph (40 to 105 km/h) for optimal handling.

The Caliber uses a heavily modified GS platform, co-designed with Mitsubishi Motors. The modified GS platform is now called the JS platform by Chrysler for mid-size cars and PM/MK for compact cars. It shares a portion of the platform with the Mitsubishi Lancer, but is most similar to the Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot. The Caliber wheels have a 5-hole pattern with a 114.3 mm bolt circle.

Safety[edit]

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Caliber an overall Good score in frontal crash testing. The Dodge Caliber was standard with side curtain airbags, but torso side airbags were optional. The IIHS had scored the Caliber Marginal overall in their side impact test. However, that Caliber was not equipped with the optional torso side airbag.[6]

Moderate overlap front Good
Side Marginal
Roof strength Acceptable
Head restraints & seats Good

Models[edit]

Three models were available at the Caliber's launch, with a fourth available in mid-2006.

The base SE model features front-wheel drive and a 1.8 L 148 hp (110 kW) WorldI4 attached to a Magna Drivetrain T355 5-speed manual transmission. A 2.0 L 158 hp (118 kW) version of the engine paired with the CVT2 transmission was available as an option.

The standard configuration for the SE lacks air conditioning, power windows, door locks, or mirrors. The grille surround is body-colored, while that of all other models is chromed. Canadian SXT and R/T models feature body-color grilles instead of chrome grilles. The Caliber SE doesn't have a tachometer or assist handles, 15 in (38 cm) steel wheels with wheel covers are standard. Some options were not available on the SE.

For 2011, this model was named Express, reverting to SE for 2012. For 2012, the CVT transmission option was dropped only for the SE, leaving the five-speed manual transmission as the only available transmission option for the SE. The CVT continued to be offered in the SXT and SXT Plus models for 2012.

The SXT has the same engine choices as the SE but many more features are available as standard. Air conditioning is standard equipment at this level, including the Chill Zone beverage cooler inside the front lower glove compartment. The gauge cluster gains a tachometer and an (optional) trip computer. The driver's seat adds height adjustment, the passenger seat folds flat for load-carrying, and the rear seats recline. Power windows, locks, mirrors, and remote keyless entry are included. The grille is chromed and 17 in (43 cm) steel wheels are standard, with 17 in (43 cm) aluminum wheels as an option. The cargo area light includes a removable and rechargeable flashlight while the front dome light incorporates two reading lamps. In Europe, this version was also commercialized equipped with a VW-built 2.0 L turbodiesel engine.

A picture of the VW-built TDI Pumpe-Düse (pump-nozzle) diesel engine which powered the Dodge Caliber diesel variant sold in Europe (MY2007)

Some Dodge publications mention a SXT Sport Wagon model, while others (e.g. the Dodge website) list a SXT "E" package with identical features. This consists of 17 in (43 cm) aluminum wheels, color-keyed cloth seat inserts, color-matched instrument panel trim, along with fog lamps.

The UK SXT Sport model has 18 in (46 cm) alloy wheels, color-keyed cloth seats and instrument panel, and a 9-speaker audio system as standard; early UK models did not have the chrome grille. The UK SXT Sport was available with a Volkswagen 2.0 L diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

For 2011, the Heat, Uptown, and Mainstreet were three available trim levels of the Caliber, reverting to SXT and SXT Plus in 2012.

The R/T model has a 2.4 L 172 hp (128 kW) version of the World engine, equipped with the CVT2 transmission, and programmed with an 'AutoStick' feature giving six simulated fixed ratios in a clutchless manual mode in addition to the standard CVT 'Drive' mode. All-wheel-drive was an option on the R/T model until 2009, but with automatic transmission only. Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels were standard, while chromed versions were optional. At launch, the CVT2 with all-wheel drive was the only powertrain combination available for the R/T. A front-wheel drive variant with the T355 5-speed manual transmission commenced production in late summer 2006. ABS was standard, and the suspension and steering systems were tuned for performance.

Externally, the R/T is distinguishable by body-color/chrome door handles (replacing black on other models), a chrome side molding, chromed exhaust tip, and front fog lights as standard, as well as R/T badging.

Internally, the car came standard with color-keyed fabric seat inserts, while leather seats were an option as on the SXT. Color-keyed instrument panel trim was also standard, as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and speed control, and a cargo area cover (all options on the SXT).

The R/T model was discontinued in 2010.

See also: Street and Racing Technology

The SRT4 model that was introduced at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2006, was a replacement for the original Neon-based SRT-4 produced by Chrysler's Street and Racing Technology group.

The SRT4 hatchback competed with the Volkswagen GTI and the Mazdaspeed3. It featured a 2.4 L DOHC 16V turbocharged I4 with dual variable valve timing (DVVT). The engine produces 285 hp (213 kW) at 6,400 rpm, and 265 lb⋅ft (359 N⋅m) of torque at 5,600 rpm using the TD04HL4S-20 turbo. Edmunds.com tested a Caliber SRT4 on a chassis dynamometer and obtained 281 hp (210 kW) and 261 lb⋅ft (354 N⋅m) of torque at the wheels. Edmunds called the manufacturer's rating conservative; putting more power to the road than cars costing twice as much. This engine is mated to a Getrag six-speed manual transmission and uses a front-wheel drive drivetrain. The Caliber SRT4 uses a MacPherson strut front suspension, and a multilink rear suspension. The SRT4 came with large 13.4 in (34 cm) vented front disc brakes (from the Dodge Charger Police Pack version) with dual-piston calipers and 11.9 in (30 cm) rear single-piston disc brakes. It also featured four-wheel ABS, with electronic assistance. The wheels are 19 in (48 cm), five-spoke, SRT-stamped, painted aluminum and equipped with Goodyear RSA 225/45R19 tires. Package options included polished aluminum wheels, Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires, SIRIUS satellite radio with Kicker SRT livin' loud audio, EVIC with performance pages, security alarm, and optional paint colors.

The SRT4 model of the Caliber was available through 2009.

Engines[edit]

Turbocharged 2.4 L I4 World Engine (285 hp) Dodge Caliber SRT-4
ModelYearEngine typePowerTorqueNotes
SE, SXT2007–20091.8 L WorldI4148 bhp (110 kW)125 lb⋅ft (169 N⋅m)5-Speed Manual, FWD
2007–20112.0L WorldI4158 bhp (118 kW)141 lb⋅ft (191 N⋅m)CVT2 (2007–present), 5-Speed Manual (2010–2012), FWD
Diesel2006–20072.0 L I4 turbo (from Volkswagen140hp TDI BKD)138 bhp (103 kW)229 lb⋅ft (310 N⋅m)Europe & Australia only, FWD (without DPF)
Diesel2008–20112.0 L I4 turbo (from Volkswagen170hp TDI BMR)168 bhp (125 kW)229 lb⋅ft (310 N⋅m)Europe & Australia only, FWD (with DPF)
R/T2007–20112.4 L World I4172 bhp (128 kW)165 lb⋅ft (224 N⋅m)AWD: CVT2 (2007–2008), FWD: CVT2/5-Speed manual (2007–2011)
SRT-42008–20092.4 L World I4 turbo ("Warhawk")285 bhp (213 kW)265 lb⋅ft (359 N⋅m)6-Speed Getrag Manual, FWD

Total Sales[edit]

Calendar YearUSA SalesCanada SalesAustralia SalesFrance Sales[9]Europe SalesSouth Korea Sales[10]
2006[11]92,22419,5241,31410,657[12]20
2007[13]101,07918,553[14]1,90316,956271
2008[13]84,15819,5441,29411,056289
2009[15]36,0989,8024436,05599
2010[16]45,0827,2751673,444122
2011[17]35,0494,9191,257[18]83566
2012[19]10,17628241024
2013[11]4571
2014 1
Subtotal 403,911 79,906 1,667 5,121 49,029 867
Sales Total 540,501

Updates[edit]

2009[edit]

For the 2009 model, the Caliber underwent a minor revamp. The plain plastic black-colored door handles available on base models were replaced by painted car-colored handles previously available only on R/T. In addition, the trunk lid was reduced in weight and simplified in its opening. In the interior, all panels were made black instead of grey. The "DODGE" badge that was on top of the Ram logo at the middle was shifted to the left, while the "CALIBER" badge was moved to the right from the left, both equal in font size. The car model title, previously indicated on the right, was moved to the bottom right corner of the gate lid.

2010[edit]

The 2010 model year was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, featuring a refreshed interior design composed of metallic outlines and parts of glass to suppress the abundance of plastic materials on previous models, as well as the addition of an 8-way power driver's seat, heated mirrors, and an automatic climate control system previously available only on R/T. The dashboard also features the relocation of the glove box due to many customer complaints, which now occupies the spot over the radio panel and comprises a "push-open" lock instead of the previous "squeeze-and-lift" opening mechanism.

The 1.8 L engine was dropped from the SE and SXT models, and the SRT-4 model is discontinued. European market models receive a new 2.2 L diesel engine with 163 hp (122 kW) and 236-pound-force-foot (320 N⋅m) of torque that provides a combined city and highway fuel efficiency of 40.6 miles per US gallon (5.79 L/100 km; 48.8 mpg‑imp).[20]

For the United States market, the models were promptly renamed and rebranded, with SE becoming "Main Street", SXT — "Heat" and R/T — "Rush". Two more models were launched in 2010: a luxury all-included variant "Uptown" and a base variant "Express" in which the black plastic handles returned. "Express" was the only model not to feature the automatic climate control as an option, the "Main Street" featured speed control, anti-lock brake system, and electronic stability control, which were previously unavailable as options for SE. All models except "Express" featured 17-inch wheels.

2011[edit]

The 2011 model brought six new paint schemes, standard stability control except on Express models, Sirius traffic when equipped with a navigation system, 18-inch chrome-clad wheels available on Uptown models (17" painted are standard), updated steering except on Express models, and new shocks and a thicker rear anti-roll bar on Rush and Heat models.[21] The Caliber and the Nitro were the only two cars in the Dodge vehicle lineup to still feature the Ram logo on both fascia, rear, and the steering wheel. The Dodge Nitro also featured driver and passenger's floor mats. The logo was removed from the mats in Calibers with the 2009 model.

2012[edit]

For the 2012 model year, the models were renamed back to SE, SXT, and SXT Plus. The Plus version includes all the SXT items and 18-inch aluminum wheels with performance tires, as well as a 6-way power-adjustable driver seat.[22] The SXT Plus was not sold in Canada.

Discontinuation[edit]

The 2010 Caliber was the last model sold in Europe. The 2011 model ended production on 23 November 2011, in United States,[23] with the remainder being sold as the 2012 model year Caliber in both U.S. and Canada.[24] A successor called the Dart,[25] based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta's platform, went on sale in June 2012 for the 2013 model-year as the compact vehicle in Dodge's lineup.[26]

Notes[edit]

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External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodge_Caliber
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