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    Dodge Calibur

    My wife's new position calls for alot of driving next year. Currently we have a 2004 Caravan with a combined MPG of 19. How "cheap" is a Dodge Calibur, our local dealer has 2-2008's for $14,000.00. What do you fellow "travelers" drive on the job for gas mileage and safety as far as vans or SUV's go? She gets paid mileage so of course the more MPG the better. In my opinion, these hybrids are a joke. The old Volkswagen Rabbits got better mileage (although a death trap, "cracker box", etc.) In fact, looking at Priuis's, it looks like 3 year old models got 10-20 MPG's better than newer models. If you ever saw the movie "Tucker" it looks like things haven't changed much have they?



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    Re: Dodge Calibur

    Quote Originally Posted by bobh33 View Post
    My wife's new position calls for alot of driving next year. Currently we have a 2004 Caravan with a combined MPG of 19. How "cheap" is a Dodge Calibur, our local dealer has 2-2008's for $14,000.00. What do you fellow "travelers" drive on the job for gas mileage and safety as far as vans or SUV's go? She gets paid mileage so of course the more MPG the better. In my opinion, these hybrids are a joke. The old Volkswagen Rabbits got better mileage (although a death trap, "cracker box", etc.) In fact, looking at Priuis's, it looks like 3 year old models got 10-20 MPG's better than newer models. If you ever saw the movie "Tucker" it looks like things haven't changed much have they?
    Are you stuck on the Calibur or are you just looking for something small that still has some space to haul stuff? The Toyota Corolla Matrix and it's twin the Pontiac Vibe should be in the same segment and would probably serve you better. I haven't heard alot of good things about the Calibur.



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    Re: Dodge Calibur

    I drive a Nissan Rogue. LOVE IT! Great mileage, lots of room, and very nice drive.


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    Re: Dodge Calibur

    Ford Escape? You can get them in a hybrid, but if you go with the 2 wheel drive you'll get decent mileage. They're front wheel drive and handle great in the snow. Even the a-w-d's get ok mileage and will go anywhere in bad road conditions. Never driven a Calibur.


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    Re: Dodge Calibur

    I thought the Caliber was "meh" compared to other cars in the segment. If you're down with diesel, try a Jetta TDI. More expensive to start (base with auto is like $24k), but diesel is cheaper than gas right now and you'll see upwards of 40 mpg on the highway with goog torque. Other cars I looked at when I was buying were the Honda Fit and Nissan Versa, rated around 34 hwy. I felt that the Fit was a more engaging drive in the city, though the Versa came with more goodies for the same price (bluethooth, sat radio).



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    Re: Dodge Calibur

    Forgot to add, I was really impressed by a Hyundai Elantra Touring (hatchback). Base price was around $20k, but it was a surprisingly fun little car to drive, comfortable and was rated in the mid-30's for mileage. There is also a less expensive sedan version (non-Touring).



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    Re: Dodge Calibur

    Calibur, having drove one for the past few days, here are my thoughts:

    Solid Mechanically
    Cheap, cheap interior
    Bad Blind spots in rear
    Great visibility in front (you sit pretty high)
    Great for hauling cargo

    I would get one, if it was a very good deal.



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    Re: Dodge Calibur

    If I was always driving on the highway then I would look into a diesel but if you're stuck in that price range then I'd rather have a new Honda Fit then a used or new Dodge Calibur. If you want her to get good gas mileage then you're going to need to give up some things like tons of power and size.

    I agree with Don that if you want something similar in size you'll want to look at something like the Toyota Matrix.

    As far as the Roque, my wife has one. I like it overall but it has some serious wind hollowing issues once you go over 75mph on windy days. I think it may be the standard roof racks but I'm having a tough time pin-pointing the noise.


    Last edited by dmclone; 06-18-2009 at 01:53 PM.

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    Re: Dodge Calibur

    at least it's not a mini van.



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    Re: Dodge Calibur

    Trying to see out of the one I drove was absolutely terrible. The blind spots are the worst I've had in any vehicle I've driven.



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    Re: Dodge Calibur

    The Ford Fusion with a simple 4 cylinder engine will get you over 30 MPG. Lot more room than a Caliber and better quality.

    If you want to go smaller a Ford Focus. Reviews have been really good on both these.

    The Sync system is pretty sweet for cell phones.



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    Re: Dodge Calibur

    Drove one as a rental for a week in Phoenix. Poor rear visibility, cheap interior, gutless on highway, tin can sound. It reminded me of driving a PT cruiser. I drove a pontiac vibe the next week and it was much nicer in all categories.



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    Re: Dodge Calibur

    Quote Originally Posted by HOTDON View Post
    Are you stuck on the Calibur or are you just looking for something small that still has some space to haul stuff? The Toyota Corolla Matrix and it's twin the Pontiac Vibe should be in the same segment and would probably serve you better. I haven't heard alot of good things about the Calibur.
    I've been looking at getting a certified used car in the 15-20k price range. I need a hatchback with fold down seats in order to fit my two huge dogs. I'm also looking for decent fuel economy, so a standard SUV is out of the question. I've pretty much narrowed it down to the Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Matrix or Honda Fit (New) (The Calibur and Yaris hatchbacks are too small for my dogs).

    Has anyone driven/owned any of these or have any insight that I wouldn't be able to glean from just surfing the web?



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    Re: Dodge Calibur

    Quote Originally Posted by RayShimley View Post
    I've pretty much narrowed it down to the Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Matrix or Honda Fit (New) (The Calibur and Yaris hatchbacks are too small for my dogs).

    Has anyone driven/owned any of these or have any insight that I wouldn't be able to glean from just surfing the web?
    My mother-in-law has a Fit and she loves the thing. I'm 6"2 and it was comfortable for me. It doesn't have a ton of power but it's pretty fun to drive around. Probably about as fun as any econo box out there. Since owning it, 2 other people in the family have ended up buying Fits as well. She has the 1st generation but I don't think there is too much of a difference. I get pretty much all the car magazines and I've never seen the Fit lose a comparison test and most of the time it's not even close.

    You may also want to consider the 2010 Mazda 3 hatch. It's not going to get as good of gas mileage but should provide a little more room. You should be able to pick one up for just a little bit more than the Fit. Reliability is the only question on a new model.



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    Re: Dodge Calibur

    I rented a 2008 calibur, which had 30000 miles on it. Put 1000 miles on it while my car was in the shop. It drove terrible! I sounded like the brakes were dragging while I was driving. I tested it by letting off the gas ahead of a stop sign at the same time I do in my truck. The vehicle came to STOP 50 feet in front the the stop sign... I was getting 24 mpg over 1000 miles on a vehicle with 30,000 miles. I would never buy one, but I'm truck guy. I concur of the blind spots. Cheapest interior I've seen in a while.



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