Used Car: 2009 Dodge Caliber Review
The 2009 Dodge Caliber has lots of interior space and some innovative cargo features, but it ranks low in its class with an underpowered base engine and lower-than-average safety ratings.
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The 2009 Dodge Caliber's macho stance, accommodating cargo area, unique beverage cooler and comfortable seating make it look good on paper; however, lackluster performance, lower-than-average safety and a lukewarm reception from critics when it was new mean the Caliber just isn’t a standout used small car.
Although all three available engines have good horsepower ratings for the class, reviewers weren’t very impressed with the acceleration from any of them, including the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that comes with the performance-focused R/T model. Fuel economy from the base engine is about average for the class but drops when you upgrade to the bigger engines. The Caliber’s reliability rating is about average for the class. The base 2009 Dodge Caliber comes with an AM/FM stereo that has a CD player and an auxiliary jack. You have to choose a higher trim to get electronic stability control, brake assist and anti-lock brakes.
Other Cars to Consider
If you like the Caliber’s styling but want something that has a better reliability rating and is better all-around, consider the 2009 Scion xD. Reviewers liked its quirky exterior design, but they were also impressed with the number of standard tech and safety features it has. The xD isn’t a great performer, though it is an improvement over the Caliber. On the other hand, you’ll have to sacrifice some cargo space for practicality. The xD’s maximum cargo capacity is about 10 cubic feet less than the Caliber’s.
The 2009 Honda Fit is a class leader that has spacious front and rear seats and a huge, versatile cargo area. Test drivers called the Fit a fun-to-drive hatchback, and it also has good fuel economy ratings, considering it can hold as much gear as some compact SUVs. The Fit also stands out with high safety and reliability scores.