It is fast and furious all over again, but this time domestic carmakers are taking the Japanese at their own game. While Chevy is putting a turbo under the hood of their Cobalt, Dodge is also turbo charging the Caliber by adding an SRT4 badge. The SRT 4 starts at $23,000 for its 285 horses. It is definitely a deal that you don’t want to pass, at least if you can hang on to the torque happy steering wheel.
The Dodge Caliber is a front wheel drive, compact car that replaced the Neon back in 2006. Since it has five doors, it can also be considered a hatchback, station wagon, or CUV. The most recent update for the Caliber brought on six new exterior colors, standard stability control, Sirius traffic when equipped with a navigation system, 18" chrome-clad wheels, updated steering, new shocks, and a thicker rear anti-roll bar. The biggest change is the upgrades made to the interior. It features a new instrument panel with a center storage bin, bright trim accents, and chromed HVAC vents and gauge cluster rings. The Dodge Caliber is powered by a either a 2.0L I-4 producing 158HP and 141 lb-ft of torque or a 2.4L I-4 producing 172HP and 165 lb-ft of torque. These engines are mated to a 5-speed manual, continuously variable transmission.
Dodge is taking a new slant on the global compact car market, introducing the 2007 Dodge Caliber at a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $13,985 (including a $560 destination charge), $410 below the outgoing Dodge Neon. Dodge Caliber redefines the entry-level vehicle by combining high value with bold styling and a flexible interior.