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2011 Dodge Caliber Review

Reviewers said the 2011 Dodge Caliber drives like a truck, is underpowered, gets poor fuel economy and can’t match the cargo space of competing hatchbacks.

Pros & Cons

  • Beverage cooler
  • Aggressive styling
  • Poor performance
  • Bad fuel economy for class

New for 2011

  • Electronic stability control became standard on Mainstreet, Heat, Uptown and Rush models

6.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.2
Performance: 6.2
Interior: 6.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.5
Safety: 7.8
Reliability:
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2011 Dodge Caliber Overview

Most car reviewers disliked the 2011 Dodge Caliber, though they did give it credit for its aggressive styling and available beverage cooler. Overall, they panned the Caliber for its truck-like ride and underpowered engines. The Caliber gets just 23/27 mpg city/highway with its base engine and automatic transmission, which is low for the class. Other hatchbacks in the class offer more comfortable seats as well as more cargo space.

The 2011 Dodge Caliber is a little different than the 2010 model. In addition to new exterior colors, the 2011 Caliber gained a navigation radio with SIRIUS Travel Link and the steering was retuned. If none of these updates matter to you, you might be able to save money by choosing the 2010 Caliber.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Honda Fit hatchback outshines the 2011 Dodge Caliber in nearly every way. Not only does it have excellent safety scores and better fuel economy, its performance, interior and cargo space also outmatch the Caliber’s.

If you don’t need as much cargo space as what the Honda Fit and Dodge Caliber offer, consider the 2011 Ford Fiesta, which is available as a sedan and hatchback. The Fiesta is fun to drive and has a high-quality interior, reviewers say.

Compare the Caliber to the Fit and Fiesta »

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