Dodge Caliber 2011 modelPosted: October 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: 2011 New Car Models, Dodge | Leave a comment »
Dodge Caliber 2011 is a versatile five-door compact vehicle with a distinctive coupe-like profile that projects the strength, stance and functionality of a sport-utility vehicle (SUV). The Dodge Caliber 2011 is a fun, well-rounded package, combining the versatility of SUV with fuel-efficiency of a compact car.
The new 2011 Dodge Caliber is offered in five trim levels: Express (starting MSRP $17.380), Heat (starting MSRP $18585), Mainstreet (starting at $18.620 MSRP), Rush (starting at $20585 MSRP), and Uptown (starting at $20585).
The 2011 Dodge Caliber competes with other wagons and hatchbacks like Honda Fit, Hyundai Elantra Touring, Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagon, Kia Soul and Mazda3.
With a lengthy list of standard features rarely found on entry-level compact vehicles, including side-curtain airbags, chill zone cooled-beverage storage bin, Uconnect phone with voice command, iPod control, Sirius Satellite Radio and remote keyless entry, the 2011 Dodge Caliber offers consumers a small-footprint vehicle with the right amount of attitude that’s also fun to drive.
The 2011 Dodge Caliber, assembled in Belvidere, Illinois with a listed 73% U.S. content, receives improved steering feel, additional functions for the navigation system and standard stability control for all trim levels.
The entry-level Express model of Dodge Caliber 2011 comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, heated outside mirrors, air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, remote keyless entry, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth connectivity and a four-speaker FM/CD stereo with auxiliary audio/USB jacks.
The Mainstreet trim level of Dodge Caliber adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a chrome grille, a sportier suspension, foglights, a power-adjustable driver seat and a rechargeable flashlight. The Uptown model adds automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system.
The Sporty 2011 Caliber Heat trim adds 18-inch polished alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, Sport-tuned suspension and cloth interior trim. The Caliber Rush adds 18-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and a premium audio system with a touchscree interface and 30-GB hard drive.
Each Caliber 2011 model has uniquely tuned suspension to suit a particular style of driving. Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control is tuned for on-road activity during normal operation. Caliber antilock brakes are designed to help provide added traction in slippery braking conditions. Independent front suspension coupled with power rack-and-pinion steering helps Caliber stick to the road.
Standard on Express, Heat, Mainstreet and Uptown is an 2.0-liter 4-cylinder in-line DOHC 16-Valve Dual VVT engine that produces 158 hp at 6.400 rpm and 141 lb-ft of torque at 5.000 rpm. Standard on 2011 Dodge Caliber Rush and optional on Uptown is an 2.4-liter 4-cylinder Dual Overhead Cam 16-Valve Dual Variable Valve Timing (VVT) engine with 172 hp at 6000 rpm and 165 lb-ft of torque at 4.400 rpm.
The standard transmission for Caliber Express, Heat and Rush is a 5-speed manual and standard for Caliber Mainstreet and Uptown is a Continuously Variable automatic Transmission (CVT).
Fuel economy of 2011 Dodge Caliber is decent for this compact class car. The 2.0-liter engine returns EPA estimates of 24 mpg city/ 32 mpg highway with manual transmission and 23 mpg city/ 27 mpg highway with CVT. For the 2.4-liter engine of 2011 Caliber EPA estimates is 23mpg city/29 mpg highway for manual and 22/27 mpg for models with CVT.
The USNews opinion about 2011 Dodge Caliber is:
When you separate it from the competition, there’s nothing wrong with the 2011 Dodge Caliber’s interior. The front seats are roomy, and the back seats can fit two adults. The cargo area is also large enough to meet most shoppers’ needs.