Discovering the 2009 Dodge Caliber horsepower is a good start to figuring out the real power hiding under the hood of the vehicle. In the 2003-2005 model years, more than 25,000 were sold — far more than the projected 7,500 per year. We have pretty darn stiff calipers and I think a pretty good pedal feel. The calibration was all done at Chrysler. .
Second and third gear pulls are a lot of fun in the car. The truth is, cars like this are about to disappear, so this may be your last opportunity to scratch your itch for crude. The Dodge Caliber proved popular enough to roll into the next model year with a few modifications. The block was specially machined for increased water and oil flow. If this depreciates like most Dodge products it may be a steal on the used car market. I'm retired and travelling the country in a 34' motor home. It didn't feel nearly as quick as the horsepower ratings would suggest, due in part to the high curb weight and the lack of useful traction in first gear.
Criminally heavy steering and shifting. Optional add-ons existed in the available display broadcasting performance stats, like acceleration times and braking distances. For the record, that engine—a 285-hp, turbocharged 2. Absolutely incredible and always on the edge. While the shiny surface is pleasing to the eye, the small black circles help the driver to grip the pedals even better. Car manufactures are prone to indicate the break horsepower for 2009 Dodge Caliber technical brochures.
A throttle that hangs open when you lift off the gas. Gauges and instruments are noted by reviewers as well-situated and large enough to be easily read, but not especially attractive. Unlike other Calibers, the shifter had a lift ring to engage reverse, and a leather-finished shift knob. Even with these features, however, the car doesn't quite match the outright sporting performance of some of its competitors. Drivers had an extensive exterior palette to choose from with shades including Bright Silver Metallic Clearcoat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearlcoat, Inferno Red Crystal Pearlcoat, Light Khaki Metallic Clearcoat, Steel Blue Metallic Clearcoat, Stone White Clearcoat, Sunburst Orange Pearlcoat, and Surf Blue Pearlcoat. At a Glance Only one fairly significant and questionable change defines the 2009 Dodge Caliber hatchback. Other cars in the segment and Si are much more fun to drive and offer better value for your money.
The German built hot hatch features a more refined interior, but comes at a higher price, and none of the competitors offer as much cargo capacity. The color scheme continued pretty much unchanged, with the Deep Water Blue and Light Sandstone substituted for two of the earlier shades. Interior Impression The seats are the first thing that you notice, and feel, when you get into the car. I drove it around town for a couple of days and competed at the local autocross with it. Equal-length halfshafts, along with wheel hubs and bearings, were sourced from mid-size cars.
It is wider than the standard model and features a stepped design that not only continues the lines of the Mopar, but also channels the air that does manage to get underneath the vehicle into the rear diffuser creating even more grip for the high-performance Caliber. Granted, this Caliber does have some nice features, including Bluetooth and satellite radio as it should at this price. It's mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The plant began production of the and in 1965. Aside from being functional the seats are also stylish. Driving a run-of-the-mill Caliber is not an especially pleasant experience, even by the standards of budget-priced hatchbacks and wagons.
The MacPherson strut front suspension had new suspension knuckles and tuned dampers with revised spring rates, along with unique front and rear sway bars. Examples can be found in cars like the twin turbo , , and the. I doubt I would buy one over a Mazdaspeed 3 but I would certainly think long and hard about it. I think especially for a slider floating calipers , this is the benchmark brake system for our segment. Those are a little more track capable if your main focus with the car is at the track. The German transmission manufacturers have been the choice for high-performance applications for years. The black leather is accented by two rows of red stitching running up either side of the buckets and feature large logos embroidered onto the seat backs.
It went away once it reached normal operating temperature. The transmission, with a limited-slip differential for uniform side-to-side power transfer, was rated at 300 lb. It spun the tires and plowed a bit when pushed but overall there was no excess body roll or twitchiness in transitions. But, why would you want to? The red accents continue with the shift boot and steering wheel. As I followed Tom down I-95 the ride was smooth, the ac was cool and the wind noise was low.
Gears are shifted through a 6 speed Getrag manual transmission, no flappy paddles here; just a good old clutch pedal and shifter give the driver full control of up and downshifts. Four doors, four trims, and four available engine choices, depending on consumer preference. The car did exhibit torque steer which is to be expected from any front wheel drive car with the Calibers helping of horsepower and torque. Plenty of cargo space 48 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat and a spacious cabin mean the Caliber can handle a trip to the mall or a trip across country with equal ease. Comments on this entry are closed.