A compact FWD five-door hatchback, the 2012 Dodge Caliber features a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 158 hp and 141 lb-ft of torque. Transmission options consist of a standard 5-speed manual and CVT transmission. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 22 mpg city to 32 mpg highway, depending on transmission selection. Features include 17-inch aluminum wheels, touring tuned suspension, removable/rechargeable flashlight, rear spoiler, fog lamps, CD/MP3 player, and cabin air filtration. Safety is comprised of front head airbags, rear head airbags, emergency braking assist, stability control, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, and tire pressure monitoring. The Caliber is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
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.
Flexible 5-door configuration; advanced technology features; good performance; fuel efficiency
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.