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2011 Dodge Caliber Mainstreet

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  • Stock#:
    8789
  • VIN#:
    1B3CB3HA1BD126242
  • Engine:
    2.0L 4 Cylinder Engine
  • Exterior Color:
    Bright Silver Metallic
  • Body:
    Sedan
  • Transmission:
    Automatic
  • City MPG:
    23
  • Highway MPG:
    27
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Edmunds.com Ratings & Reviews

2011 dodge caliber

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
3.5
4 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (25%)
4 Star - (15%)
3 Star - (75%)
2 Star - (23%)
1 Star - (37%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
3.3
COMFORT
3.8
INTERIOR
3.8
RELIABILITY
3.8
VALUE
4

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

Despite having some unique features, the versatile 2011 Dodge Caliber is hamstrung by lethargic performance. There are better hatchbacks to choose from.

What's New

The 2011 Dodge Caliber receives improved steering feel, additional functions for the navigation system and standard stability control for most trim levels.

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PROS

Practical interior; some useful features not available in competitors.

Introduction

A while back, Chrysler revived one of its earlier slogans that boldly stated: "In the car business, you lead, follow or get out of the way." Obviously, the brand's marketing execs were hoping to convince people that they're leading. But with vehicles like the 2011 Dodge Caliber, it's still very much a case of following.

Based on specs, the Caliber would seem to be very much in the mix. In terms of size, this entry-level Dodge model resides in a sort of middle ground between hatchbacks and small crossover SUVs (though it's still classified as a compact four-door hatchback). A choice of two four-cylinder engines is offered, and the Caliber can haul about as much cargo as other hatchbacks. But in actual execution, it still ends up being pretty mediocre.

Disappointingly, the Caliber lacks the lively performance characteristic of this category. Handling ability and power output from either engine are middling at best. Even some of the Caliber's unique features -- a built-in beverage cooler, rechargeable flashlight and flip-down liftgate speakers -- seem more like curious novelties than enticements. The quality of the interior is also a bit of a disappointment, despite it undergoing a makeover last year.

We recommend looking at segment leaders like the 2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring, 2011 Mazda 3, 2011 Scion xB, 2011 Toyota Matrix and 2011 Volkswagen Golf before settling on the 2011 Dodge Caliber. All of these alternatives offer significant performance and interior quality advantages. In the end, Chrysler's tag line has rung true, but perhaps not in the way the company intended.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2011 Dodge Caliber is a compact four-door hatchback offered in five trim levels. The entry-level Express model comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, heated outside mirrors, air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, full power accessories, remote keyless entry, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, an in-dash beverage cooler, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth connectivity and a four-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary audio/USB jacks and satellite radio.

Stepping up to the Mainstreet trim level adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a chrome grille, a sportier suspension, foglights, a tachometer, a power-adjustable driver seat, a fold-flat front passenger seat, reclining rear seatbacks and a rechargeable flashlight.

The Uptown model gets you rear disc brakes (versus drums), automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats and a premium nine-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system with steering-wheel-mounted controls and flip-down speakers in the liftgate.

The sporty Caliber Heat takes the Mainstreet model's equipment list and adds 18-inch polished alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, sport-tuned suspension and steering, rear disc brakes (versus drums) and specialized cloth interior trim.

Building on the Caliber Heat is the Rush, which adds a larger 2.4-liter engine, 18-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, automatic climate control, leather upholstery and a premium audio system with a touchscreen interface and 30-gigabyte hard drive.

Many of the options found on the upper trim levels are offered as options on the lower trims. Additionally, a sunroof and a navigation system are also available.

Powertrains and Performance

The front-wheel-drive 2011 Dodge Caliber is offered with a choice of two different four-cylinder engines. A 2.0-liter engine rated at 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque is standard on all trim levels except the Rush. The Rush gets a 2.4-liter that makes 172 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque. This engine is optional on the Uptown. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual for the Express, Heat and Rush, while a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard on the Mainstreet and Uptown. The CVT with manually controlled simulated stepped gears is offered on the Heat and Rush as an option.

Fuel economy is decent across the board, though mileage suffers slightly with the CVT. The 2.0-liter engine returns EPA estimates of 24 mpg city/32 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined with the manual transmission, and 23/27/24 mpg with the CVT. The larger 2.4-liter engine is nearly as good, with EPA ratings of 23 mpg city/29 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined for manual-transmission-equipped models, and 22/27/24 for versions fitted with the CVT.

Safety

Standard safety features for the 2011 Caliber include a driver-side knee airbag, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints and antilock brakes (rear drums for the Express and Mainstreet, four-wheel discs for the other trims). Stability control isn't available on the Express but is standard on the remaining trim levels. Front-seat side airbags are offered as options for all but the Express trim.

The Caliber has not been rated using the government's new, more strenuous 2011 crash-testing procedures. Its 2010 ratings (which aren't comparable to 2011 tests) resulted in a perfect score of five out of five stars in both frontal and side impacts. Results were mixed in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, however, with a top "Good" rating in the frontal-offset tests and a next-to-lowest "Marginal" rating in side-impact tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

Among competing hatchbacks and crossovers, the 2011 Dodge Caliber's interior ranks midpack. There are plenty of hard plastics inside, but a cabin makeover last year added cushioned materials in key touch points. A decent amount of head- and legroom ensures comfort for front and rear passengers, while the driver benefits from good outward visibility, legible gauges and intuitive controls.

More noteworthy is the Caliber's practicality, with 60/40-split-folding rear seatbacks and a flat load floor to accommodate bulky items. All but the Express trim models (with its flat-folding front passenger seat) can accept longer items, like surfboards or lumber while still being able to close the rear liftgate. Maximum cargo capacity is 48 cubic feet, which is comparable to other hatchbacks, but considerably smaller than some compact crossovers. The Caliber also features some road-trip convenience, adding a beverage cooler built into the glovebox that holds four 12-ounce cans.

Driving Impressions

One word to describe how the 2011 Dodge Caliber drives: mediocre. It neither impresses nor really offends behind the wheel. Acceleration is listless with the base 2.0-liter engine and only slightly improves with the 2.4-liter. Either engine, however, is further hindered when saddled with the CVT.

The Caliber's ride quality is generally acceptable, though the sport-tuned suspension in the Heat and Rush models may be too rough for some. Handling, too, is adequate but drivers seeking excitement should look to other hatchbacks or crossovers.

Factory Installed Options

  • 2.0L DOHC DUAL VVT 16-VALVE I4 ENGINE
    • 4 Cylinder Engine
    • Gasoline Fuel

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort
  • A/C
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Cargo Shade
  • Cruise Control
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Floor Mats
  • Fog Lamps
  • Front Reading Lamps
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • Power Outlet
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defrost
  • Rear Seat Heat Ducts
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
Drivetrain & Engine
  • CVT Transmission
  • Front Wheel Drive
  • Gasoline Fuel
  • Transmission w/Dual Shift Mode
Entertainment
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Player
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio
Safety
  • ABS
  • Brake Assist
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag Sensor
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
Seat & Trim
  • Bucket Seats
  • Cloth Seats
  • Pass-Through Rear Seat
  • Rear Bench Seat
Tires & Wheels
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Temporary Spare Tire
  • Tire Pressure Monitor

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features
  • (4) speakers
  • 120-amp alternator
  • 17" x 6.5" aluminum wheels
  • 2.0L DOHC dual VVT 16-valve I4 engine
  • 525 CCA maintenance-free battery
  • Active head restraints
  • Air conditioning w/Chill Zone storage
  • Air filtering
  • Anti-lock front disc/rear drum brakes
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Body-color door handles
  • Body-color fascias
  • Body-color liftgate applique
  • Brake assist
  • Bright grille
  • Bright interior accents
  • Cargo compartment carpeting
  • Child protection rear door locks
  • Cluster bezel w/bright rings
  • Compact spare tire
  • Driver & front passenger multi-stage airbags -inc: front passenger occupant sensor
  • Electronic stability control
  • Firm feel pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Fixed mast antenna
  • Floor carpeting
  • Fog lamps
  • Fold-flat load floor storage
  • Front dome lamp
  • Front height adjust shoulder belts
  • Front passenger fold-flat seat
  • Front passenger seat belt alert
  • Front wheel drive
  • Full-length floor console
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Illuminated cupholders
  • Illuminated entry
  • Instrument panel cooler
  • Liftgate door w/fixed glass
  • Luxury front & rear floor mats
  • Map/dome reading lamps
  • Outside temp display in odometer
  • P215/60R17 all-season touring BSW tires
  • Passenger assist handles
  • Pwr accessory delay
  • Pwr heated mirrors
  • Pwr windows w/driver 1-touch
  • Rear seat heat ducts
  • Rear spoiler
  • Rear window defroster
  • Rear window wiper/washer
  • Removable/rechargeable interior lamp
  • Satin silver instrument panel bezel
  • Satin silver prndl bezel
  • Sentry Key theft deterrent system
  • Single low note horn
  • SIRIUS satellite radio w/1-year service (N/A in Hawaii or Puerto Rico Region)
  • Sliding armrest
  • Sliding sunvisors w/mirrors
  • Soft tonneau cover
  • Solar control glass
  • Speed control
  • Supplemental front & rear side-curtain airbags
  • Tachometer
  • Tilt steering column
  • Tip start
  • Touring suspension
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
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