2010 Dodge Caliber R/T new car reviews

It's green. Is it mean? (And our test car was actually red.)

Better than: a base Caliber
But not as good as: Kia Soul
GRM Bang For The Buck Index: 60.68

The Dodge Neon has been part our lives for more than 15 years. We were there when the car first came out, and we recently prepped one for rallycross. After two generations, however, Neon production ended in 2006. Its replacement is the more truck-like Caliber.

What does this move mean for our world? Sadly, Chrysler currently doesn't have a small car in their fleet. While a turbo SRT-4 version was once offered, the R/T appears to be the sportiest Caliber variant currently available.

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 Debbie Brozyna
Events Coordinator

I had this car for the whole weekend and let me just say - I like the color. I had a problem getting the seat to where I could be comfortable driving and still see where I was going. If you put the seat up to where you can see over the steering wheel, your head brushes the headliner. If you drop the seat down, it's like you're sitting in a bowl and there's no way you can see the front end.

Power was adequate.

It's a decent car, but I wouldn't run out and buy one.

David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

Remember when the R/T badge meant something to Chrysler fans? Um, guess those days are over. Yes, the Caliber R/T gets chrome wheels and some extra trim, but this isn't a performance vehicle. It's too tall, too soft and too bland. For $20k+, there's just too many other cool offerings out there.

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Vigo
Vigo PowerDork
3/16/11 3:02 p.m.

When i look at the caliber, i think "Thank God for the Fiat merger". Never again? We can hope.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/10/13 12:00 a.m.

The Dodge Neon has been part our lives for more than 15 years. We were there when the car first came out, and we recently prepped one for rallycross. After two generations, however, Neon production ended in 2006. Its replacement is the more truck-like Caliber.

What does this move mean for our world? Sadly, Chrysler currently doesn't have a small car in their fleet. While a turbo SRT-4 version was once offered, the R/T appears to be the sportiest Caliber variant currently available.

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