We bought a 2008 Dodge Caliber one year ago. We had been looking at crossovers and small SUVs. I had driven a Dodge Neon for about 10 years and was ready for something that was a little higher off the ground.
After test driving the Dodge Caliber, we decided it was a great looking car with awesome features and a good price. Our Caliber R/T has many features that we don't actually need, but they are cool! The front seats are heated. There are speakers in the cargo area for tailgating. It has a built in tire pressure monitor. It tells us when the oil should be changed. And it came with a free year of Sirius satelite radio (my favorite station was Radio Classics).
The Caliber has many useful and necessary features. It is higher off the ground, which makes it easier to see around everyone else'e big trucks and SUVs. It is a large car that can easily seat 5 people comfortably. The cargo area in the back is similar to a station wagon. It offers much more space than a traditional trunk.
The two most important features about buying a car for me were safety and gas mileage. My husband and I read the results of crash tests and performance ratings and learned that the Caliber would be very safe. The car came with the lifetime drivetrain warranty, which is a great thing to have for any time something goes wrong. As far as gas mileage, it usually gets 27 to 28 mpg on the highway and at least 24 in town. I think that's pretty good for a large car.
The Caliber is also a sporty and cool looking car, which goes along with its functionality perfectly. We bought a shiny red vehicle and love it. My only major complaint about this car is that the hood is hard to see over. Instead of sloping downward like most cars, the hood on this one extends further. It looks cool but it can make it difficult to see directly in front of you when you are parking or trying to avoid curbs.