2009 Dodge Caliber

At a Glance

Pricing $16,210 - $24,590
Drive Types FWD
Engines 1.8l I4, 2.0l I4, 2.4l I4, 2.4l I4 T
Transmissions CVT, M5, M6
Fuel Economy 19-24 (city), 25-30 (highway)

The Caliber is a roomy 5-door hatchback powered by a variety of 4-cylinder engines. The wild and crazy SRT4 features a 2.4L four cylinder turbo boosted to 280-bhp, with 265-lb.-ft. of available torque. All the horsepower is funneled through the front wheels, via a 6-speed manual and a limited-slip differential. Unlike other competitors, the SRT4 is equipped with standard 19-inch alloy wheels and P225/45R19 tires. Interior upgrades include aluminum pedal pads, and a simulated carbon-fiber steering wheel rim. An optional 13-speaker Kicker audio system has 322-watts, plus a 100-watt subwoofer. Although the SRT4 has more power than other compact performance cars, the FWD layout puts it at a disadvantage compared to its more expensive AWD competitors.

What Changed:

The Caliber receives a number of feature and option package changes. Chrysler added additional insulation in the engine compartment and floors to reduce noise in the cabin. The all-wheel-drive model has been dropped. All Calibers are FWD only.

Model/Trim/Package Engine Original MSRP
Caliber SE 1.8l I4 (148-bhp) M5 FWD $16,210
Caliber SE 2.0l I4 (158-bhp) CVT FWD $17,360
Caliber SXT 1.8l I4 (148-bhp) M5 FWD $17,600
Caliber SXT 2.0l I4 (158-bhp) CVT FWD $18,750
Caliber SXT Sport Appearance 1.8l I4 (148-bhp) M5 FWD $18,730
Caliber SXT Sport Appearance 2.0l I4 (158-bhp) CVT FWD $19,955
Caliber R/T 2.4l I4 (172-bhp) M5 FWD $20,045
Caliber R/T 2.4l I4 (172-bhp) CVT FWD $21,120
Caliber SRT4 2.4l I4 T (285-bhp) M6 FWD $24,590