2012 Dodge Caliber Overview
The 2012 Dodge Caliber competes with other hatchbacks like the Toyota Matrix and Mazda3, offering extra cargo room and some cool features that set the Caliber apart.
For 2012, the Caliber has undergone a few changes. The model lineup has been simplified to three trim levels: SE, SXT, and SXT Plus. Also, the Calibers continuously variable transmission (CVT) has been updated, providing better acceleration from launch and improving pedal response, even lowering engine noise.
Under the hood, the Caliber comes outfitted with a 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a five-speed manual or the previously mentioned CVT. Other performance oriented options include all-wheel disc brakes and a clutchless-manual feature that can be attached to the CVT.
Not much has changed on the outside. The 2012 Caliber still features the signature Dodge crosshair grille up front, up to 18-inch wheels, and an optional power sunroof. One of the Caliber’s signature features is the optional Boston Acoustics premium stereo, which has speakers that flip-down when the liftgate is opened, so they face outwards. This is a useful feature for outdoor parties/tailgate events.
Inside, the Caliber offers plenty of cargo room (48 cubic feet with the rear seats folded) and standard features, including a split-folding rear seat, air conditioning, power windows and locks, auxiliary audio input jack, and remote keyless entry. If you want more from your Caliber, optional features include a navigation system, power moonroof, steering wheel mounted audio controls, GM’s Uconnect system, and a touch-screen media center radio with a hard drive that stores your music collection.
When it comes to safety, the Caliber recorded a three-star overall rating from the NHTSA. Standard safety features include a full suite of airbags (including a driver’s knee airbag), electronic stability control, antilock brakes, and active front head restraints.
With a simpler model breakdown, the 2012 Dodge Caliber is easy to configure just the way you like it, and with unique features like the flip-down speakers and Uconnect, finds a way to stand out in the crowd.