2012 Dodge Caliber- Revamped With Needed Changes
Published October 11, 2012
The 2012 Dodge Caliber has undergone a much needed makeover. No longer resembling a funeral car or an outdated station wagon, it now sports a much more compact body frame with sleeker lines. When I first saw it I had to do a double take just to make sure it was the same car that 2 or 3 years back provoked an aversion greater than the one I reserved for Toyota Camrys and Corollas (sorry Toyota fans!). Indeed Dodge is moving forward just like it states it is. Streamlining to get rid of excess length has done wonders to improve this vehicle’s previous dreadful appearance. Rounding out the edges also helps by giving the car a sportier look. All around the 2012 Dodge Caliber looks as robust and well built as the rest of the 2012 Dodge family.
The interior features will definitely resonate with the younger crowd. Standard in the base model is a 4 20oz bottle holder that keeps your drinks cold. Additionally, the cupholder in between the front seats has some very nice dim lights to help avoid spilling drinks in the dark. A media center with free one year subscription to Sirius XM adds to the fun. The control panel is terrifically designed without an overload of needless buttons. The shift stick is placed just right adding to the easy flow inside.
While Dodge engines are known gas guzzlers, the 2012 Dodge Caliber gets a notable 32MPG on the highway and 22 miles per gallon driving in the city on the 2.0 L engine and manual transmission. Moreover, it comes with the Variable Valve Timing feature which aids in getting more gas mileage. While the horsepower is a little disappointing, at 158 it still manages good speed and smooth maneuverability. A nice compact engine, with enough power to get you comfortably from one place to another.
If you are in the market to purchase a 2012 Dodge Caliber there are plenty of additional features you can equip your new investment with. Dodge does a really good job of selling a very complete car right off the bat, with features like remote keyless entry and the Sentry Key engine immobilizer its most wallet friendly model starts off at $17,300.
However for more convenience and to suit personal tastes you have 3 different trims to choose from and customize to make it your own. On the basic SE trim you can switch to 17″ aluminum wheels and add the UConnect Voice Command with Bluetooth. On the SXT version with the dual VVT engine and automatic transmission you get fog lamps and 4 wheel antilock brakes. You can keep building on top of this by adding a sunroof, the Media Center 430 that lets you enjoy your music through 9 speakers with subwoofer, lets you control your phone, radio, and iPod at the sound of your voice, and is equipped for GPS navigation. There are few variables in the SXT Plus such as 18″ wheels, and most notably a sport-tuned suspension. Topping off at $18,800 at its most equipped self, the 2012 Dodge Caliber offers great value for the money.
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