Dodge Caliber (2006 – 2010) Review

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Dodge Caliber (2006 – 2010) At A Glance

Tough looks, easy to drive, practical and cheap. Won't attract anti-4x4 vitriol.

Doesn't handle and lacks refinement.

On average it achieves 94% of the official MPG figure

Now there's an idea. A car that drives like a truck. Stepping out of the Honda Civic IMA and into the Dodge Caliber was like climbing into a 4x4 pick-up.

You sit high. And the huge steering wheel is right in your face. There's no reach adjustment, so you have to keep the thing close to your chest. Just like driving a Navara or an L200 or a Rodeo.

Which brings me to the most obvious exterior feature: the bling wheels. On the SXT Sport version we drove these are planet sized eighteen inchers, made to look even bigger by generously deep-profiled 215/55 R18 tyres. Even on base models the wheels are 17" with 215/60 R17s. Very truck-like indeed, and perfect for shrugging off traffic harming measures such as the local council's chicanery to wreck your car.

2006 Dodge Caliber Road Test

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Real MPG average for a Dodge Caliber (2006 – 2010)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

94%

Real MPG

29–53 mpg

MPGs submitted

27

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