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in 2009 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $8,292 - $12,268
Original MSRP: $16,460 - $24,840
MPG: 24 City / 30 Hwy
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2009 Dodge Caliber Interior

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From the looks of its interior, the 2009 Dodge Caliber in undeniably a part of the budget class, but reviewers still find its seats reasonably accomodating, and like the hatch's cargo room. 

  • "Beyond its good looks, the Caliber offers a roomy and comfortable interior. The materials and finish are better than usual for a car this price." -- San Antonio Express News
  • "The Dodge Caliber is pleasantly roomy and functional, especially for a sub-$14,000 vehicle and replacement." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Quality is an area where the Caliber really falls behind other affordable hatchbacks. We've found the interior to be lacking in terms of materials and construction." -- Edmunds

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Front Seats

Testers like the Dodge Caliber's high seating position, but say most of the hatch's trims don't offer enough support in the front row.

  • "Higher-than-average ground clearance means the seat cushions have a raised hip point, which facilitates easy entry and exit." -- Motor Trend
  • "There's no high-chair feeling as in the Vibe and Matrix, in which the clutch pedal is pressed down as much as forward." -- Cars.com
  • "Ample headroom and legroom. The cloth seats on non-SRT4 models lack a lumbar adjuster, and thus are short on lower-back support. SRT4 versions have sport bucket seats with prominent side bolsters. While those seats are more supportive, the bolsters can make it harder to shift the transmission." -- Consumer Guide

Rear Seats

Reviewers agree that the Caliber's second row is perfectly suitable for kids, but like most small cars and hatchbacks, a certain level of flexibility is required for adults to get into the backseat. What's more, the legroom in the back is generally too confining for those who are 6-feet tall.

  • "The rear seats are pretty comfortable too, with firm but forgiving cushions and a decent level of lower back support. There is plenty of room for my legs and feet, ample for the hips and shoulders." -- Automobile.com
  • "Entry and exit are constricting for six-footers. Decent headroom with great foot space. Legroom is OK for those under 6-feet tall, even with the front seats nearly fully aft." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The Dodge Caliber doesn't have showy cabin features or materials, but its conditioning and amenities list are comparable to other vehicles in its price range. For 2009, Dodge also includes an optional Uconnect system, featuring a voice-activated navigation system, entertainment features and Bluetooth.

  • "The look and feel of the Caliber's interior is another problem, with disappointing build quality and an abundance of hard, low-quality plastics." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the forms are big ... the towering dash and the slab-o'-granite steering-wheel boss unchanged from those of the base car. It doesn't say 'speed' as much as 'safe for kids.' Acres of hard, high-sheen black plastic advertise the cost-cutting." -- Car and Driver

Cargo

The Caliber's 18.5 cubic feet with rear seats up (48 cubic feet with seats folded down) is appreciated in such a small vehicle. Most Caliber trims also have an ultra-convenient glovebox with a storage bin and shelf in it, as well as a cooler. 

  • "Caliber's cargo area is larger than that of a typical hatchback, but smaller than some compact wagons. Its removable plastic load floor is easy to clean, but allows objects to slide around. The open liftgate won't clear a six-footer's head." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The standard split-folding rear seats are among the easiest to lay flat in the segment, with just a tug of a mesh-fabric loop, and the front passenger seat flips forward too, as long as you don't have a base SE model." -- Automobile.com

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