2012 Dodge Caliber

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23 CITY / 29 HWY
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What's New for 2012:
- Trim levels reduced to three
- Improved continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional

Exterior Features
The 2012 Caliber is Dodge's entry-level model: a front-wheel drive, compact, 5-door hatchback available in three trims. The base SE trim runs on 15-inch steel wheels; the SXT uses 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, chrome grille, and a firmer suspension; the SXT Plus features 18-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, sport suspension, and upgraded exterior detailing.

Interior Features
The SE trim includes cloth upholstery, air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, rear cargo cover, Bluetooth connectivity, 4-speaker sound system, and some power accessories. The SXT adds additional power accessories and a fold-flat passenger seat. The SXT Plus features upgraded cloth upholstery and other interior styling upgrades.

Optional Features
Seventeen-inch wheels are optional on the SE trim. The SXT and SXT Plus offer several option packages: Driver Convenience (heated front seats and more informational displays); Security (anti-lock brakes, alarm, remote ignition, oil cooler, hill-start assist, and other features); sunroof; navigation system; and touch-screen interface for the sound system. An upgraded sound system is available with the SXT Plus.

Under the Hood
The Dodge Caliber's standard power plant is a 2.0-liter, 158-horsepower 4-cylinder engine that works with a 5-speed manual transmission or optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). The CVT is standard on the SXT trim.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Dodge Caliber are:
- Caliber with manual transmission: 24/32/27 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Caliber with CVT: 23/27/24 mpg

Standard safety features on the 2012 Dodge Caliber include front disc/rear drum brakes that upgrade to 4-wheel disc brakes on the SXT Plus, and optional front-seat side air bags.

In government crash tests, the 2012 Caliber received a rating of 4 (out of 5) stars for front impact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); 3 stars for side protection; and 3 stars overall. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Caliber received a \"Good\" rating--the Institute's highest--for the frontal-offset test; \"Marginal\" for side impact; and \"Acceptable\" for roof strength.


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