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in 2010 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $9,038 - $10,605
Original MSRP: $16,880 - $19,995
MPG: 23 City / 27 Hwy
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2010 Dodge Caliber Interior

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Reviewers say the interior of the 2010 Dodge Caliber is nice enough, but it's by no means a class standout. Upgrades for 2010 have made the interior a nicer place to be, and features like a cooler in the glovebox, a removable LED flashlight and Dodge's optional uConnect system make the Caliber a decent choice for interior features. Still, others in the class offer higher quality materials and more comfort. The cargo space is another plus.

  • "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

Reviewers like the Caliber's front seats, which feature a chair-like seating position that makes getting into and out of the car very easy. There's also plenty of room in the front row, which pleases reviewers.

  • "Higher-than-average ground clearance means the seat cushions have a raised hip point, which facilitates easy entry and exit." -- Motor Trend
  • "Ample headroom and legroom." -- Consumer Guide

Rear Seats

As is typical for the class, the 2010 Dodge Caliber's back seat is snug for taller adults. Though there are three seatbelts in the rear, adult passengers will be most comfortable with two people back there.

  • "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 the upgrades for 2010 are appreciated by reviewers. Dodge also includes an optional uConnect system, featuring a voice-activated navigation system, entertainment features and Bluetooth.

  • "Fewer sharp 90-degree angles and hard plastics make for a cabin that's more liveable than the previous generation. It isn't exactly revolutionary but it makes the Caliber more competitive with domestic competition from the Focus and Cobalt, though it's still light years behind Honda." -- Jalopnik
  • "The new interior design also features plenty of quality materials including chromed HVAC vents and cluster rings as well as a chrome surround for the shift bezel and instrument panel. The door armrest and center console now also feature soft-touch material." -- AutoGuide.com
  • "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 2010 Dodge Caliber has 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are up, and 48 cubic feet of space when the rear seats are folded down. That's a fairly decent amount of space for the class. Most Caliber trims also have an ultra-convenient glovebox with a storage bin and shelf, as well as a cooler. 

  • "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. Split rear seatbacks are easy to fold, but don't lay flat if the front seat is all the way back. Small-item storage is decent thanks to a large two-tier glovebox and a moderately sized console, though the door map pockets are too small to be really useful." -- 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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