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2011 Dodge Caliber

The Dodge Caliber is the highly anticipated successor to the Neon-based five door hatchback. The Caliber got a racy styling in an affordable, front-wheel-drive compact wagon.

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A choice of two four-cylinder engines is available with the Dodge Caliber, 2.0 liters and 2.4 liters. The base Express, Heat, Mainstreet and Uptown have the 158-hp 2.0-liter engine, while the 172-hp, 2.4-liter engine is offered on the Caliber Rush. Both engines are available with an optional continuously variable transmission.

The Caliber has a decent ride but doesn’t handle as nimbly as most small cars, and fuel economy is decent with the manual gearbox. The 2.0 litres engine achieves 23mpg in the city and 31mpg on the highway with the standard five-speed manual gearbox,


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and the 22.4 Liters engine achives 23mpg in the city and 29mpg on the highway with the same standard five-speed manual gearbox. The CVT automatic-a transmission delivers 23mpg in the city and 27mpg in the highway when paired with the 2-liter and the 2.4 litres engine delivers 21/25 mpg.

The entry-level Express model comes standard with cloth upholstery, 15-inch steel wheels, remote keyless entry, heated outside mirrors, air-conditioning, a four-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary audio/USB jacks and satellite radio, full power accessories, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, an in-dash beverage cooler, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth connectivity and 60/40-split-folding rear seats.

Thehe Caliber Mainstreet trim level adds a sportier suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, a chrome grille, foglights, a tachometer, a power-adjustable driver seat, a fold-flat front passenger seat, reclining rear seatbacks and a rechargeable flashlight. The Uptown trim-level adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear disc brakes, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a premium nine-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system with steering-wheel-mounted controls and flip-down speakers in the liftgate.

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Title › 2011 Dodge Caliber

The sporty Caliber Heat adds sport-tuned suspension and steering, 18-inch polished alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, a rear spoiler, rear disc brakes and specialized cloth interior trim. While the Caliber Heat adds automatic climate control, 18-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels, leather upholstery and a premium audio system with a touchscreen interface and 30-gigabyte hard drive. Many of the options found on the upper trim levels are offered as options on the lower trims. Other options include a sunroof and a navigation system.

Standard safety features in Caliber include a driver-side knee airbag, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints and antilock brakes. Stability control is available on all trim-level except the Express. Front-seat side airbags are offered as options for all but the Express trim.

The cabin is specious and quiete. A decent amount of head- and legroom ensures comfort for front and rear passengers. The trunk can hold up to 48cubic feet of load, which is comparable to other hatchbacks, but 60/40 splid rear seats and folding front passenger seat makes caliber more practical.
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Dodge Challenger

Dodge’s Challenger SRT8 is one serious-looking American muscle car. This is a modern machine that not only has good performance, but serves up a near sedan-like ride quality. The new Challenger also contains all of the safety and entertainment features expected.

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2010 dodge challenger

Dodge Challenger comes in three trims SE, R/T and SRT8. The SE, a base V-6 model with 250 horsepower having economy of 17mpg in city and 25mpg on highway; the R/T, with a 5.7-liter HEMI rated at 375 horsepower gives 16mpg in city and 25mpg in highway; the SRT8, with a 6.1-liter HEMI rated at 425 horsepower.


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Key features standard across the range include power adjustable driver’s seat, front and side-curtain airbags, a four-speaker CD/MP3 stereo, cloth seating, and power accessories. The R/T model, in addition to upgrading the engine, adds a unique appearance package, an advanced traction control system, fog lamps, dual exhaust tips and electronic stability control. The SRT8 builds further on this package with more aggressive exterior styling, upgraded interior elements and SRT8 badges inside and out.

There’s plenty of room inside for four passengers and the seats are quite comfortable, but design is largely monotone and somewhat bland. The dashboard and instrument cluster are rather plain. The interior materials are of decent quality, at least, with plenty of soft-touch surfaces.

The SRT8′s have better bolstering and are also covered in leather and faux suede.

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The rear seats are surprisingly roomy for two adults, with good headroom and decent legroom. The backseat also features a fold-down armrest and a split-folding back. At 16.2 cubic feet, the Challenger’s trunk boasts impressive cargo capacity for this segment.

Standard Dodge Challenger safety features include antilock brakes, side curtain airbags for both rows of seats, a stability system, emergency fuel shut-off device, automatic locking retractors, front pretensioners with force limiters and trunk anti-trap device. For full list of safety features check the list bellow.


2010 Dodge Challenger Features

Trim: SE

Exterior, Design, Paint & Finish
– Body Color Fuel Filler Door
– Front and Rear Body Color Bumpers
– Front Air Dam
– Metallic Paint (If Selected)
– Chrome Grille

– Rear 60/40 Split Folding Bench Seat With Integral Headrests and Fold-Down Center Armrest
– Front Dual Reclining Bucket Seats With Driver Adjustable Seat Height and Adjustable Headrests
– Theater Style Rear Seating
– Easy Entry Seat
– Cloth Seats
– Front Dual Manual Lumbar Support
– Driver Power Seat Adjusts 8 Ways Total

– Tachometer
– Electroluminescent Instrumentation
– Cruise Control
– Tire Pressure Monitor
– Steering Wheel Mounted Controls For Cruise Control
– Digital Clock

– Front Dual Door Mounted Storage
– Coinholder
– Front Dual Seatback Storage Pockets
– Coinholder
– Lockable Glovebox
– Front Covered Lower Console Storage Located On Floor
– 2 Front and 2 Rear; 4 Cupholders Total

Interior, Design, Decor & Floor Covering
– Carpet Located In Passenger Cabin and Cargo Area
– Front Carpeted Floor Mats
– Rear Carpeted Floor Mats

Exterior Lighting
– Halogen Headlights

– Rear 3-Point Center Seatbelt
– L A T C H
– Crumple Zones
– Side Guard Door Beams
– Driver Airbag With Multi-Stage Deployment
– Crash Sensor
– Front Side Airbags
– Front and Rear Side Head Curtain Airbags
– Passenger Airbag With Multi-Stage Deployment
– Emergency Fuel Shut-Off Device
– Automatic Locking Retractors
– Front Pretensioners With Force Limiters
– Trunk Anti-Trap Device
– Front and Rear 3-Point Seatbelts

Braking & Traction
– Front Power 320-mm X 28-mm Vented Disc and Rear Power 320-mm X 10-mm Solid Disc Brakes
– All-Speed Traction Control
– Brake Assistance
– 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
– Electronic Stability Control Vehicle Stability Control System Operated Via ABS and Engine Power Reduction

– Tilt Steering Column
– Power Speed Sensing Rack and Pinion Variable Assisted Steering
– Telescopic Steering Column

Engines & Emissions
– Heavy Duty Oil Cooler
– 3.5-Liter, 60-Degree V6, 24-Valve, SOHC, SEFI Engine; Front/Longitudinal Mounted With Horsepower Of 250@6400 and Torque Of 250@3800, Alloy Block and Alloy Cylinder Heads

– Independent Multi-Link Rear Suspension With Coil Springs, Gas Charged Shock Absorbers and Touring Ride Type
– Front Stabilizer Bar
– Rear Stabilizer Bar
– Independent Short-Long Arm Front Suspension With Coil Springs, Gas Charged Shock Absorbers and Touring Ride Type

Remote Controls & Remote Releases
– Keyless Entry Operated Via Key Fob
– Multi-Function Remote Operates Door Lock/Unlock and Illuminated Entry
– Remote Decklid Release

Anti-Theft & Locks
– Power Door Locks Operated Via Remote and Internal Switch With Automatic Locking
– Power Decklid Lock/Unlock
– Vehicle Anti-Theft Via Sentry Key(R) Engine Immobilizer

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
– Manual Air Conditioning
– Rear HVAC Ducts

– Front Power Outlet
– Battery Saver
– 160-Amp Alternator
– Delayed Power Retention
– 730 Cold Cranking Amp Battery

Interior Lighting
– Trunk Light
– Illuminated Entry
– Front Map Lights

Entertainment, Communication & Navigation
– Front Auxiliary Audio Input Jack
– AM/FM Radio With 4 Speakers Total; CD Player, MP3 Player
– In-Glass Radio Antenna

– AutoStick(R) Manually Interactive Automatic Transmission
– 5-Speed Electronically Controlled Manually Interactive Adaptive Automatic Transmission With Overdrive and Floor Mounted Shifter
– Adaptive Automatic Transmission


2010 Dodge Challenger Specifications

Trim: SE

Standard Engine 3.5L V6
Standard Transmission 5 Speed Automatic
Cylinders 6
Horsepower @RPM 250@6400
Fuel Economy Cty/Hwy 17 / 25
Combined Fuel Economy 20
EPA Class Mid-Size
Number of Valves 24
Torque @RPM N/A
Turbo (Yes/No) No
Overdrive Transmission Yes
Battery Output N/A
Compression 10.0:1
Displacement 3518 / 215
Bore X Stroke 3.78×3.19
Cruising Range 360 miles
Final Drive Gear Ratio Opt N/A
Power to Weight Ratio 14.9
Final Drive Ratio No
Valves Configuration Single Overhead Cam
Supercharged No
Electric HorsePower RPM N/A
Electric Torque Feet Per Pound N/A (foot-lbs)
Electric Torque RPM N/A
Electric HorsePower BHP N/A

Interior Dimensions
Seating (Standard) 5
Seating (Optional) N/A
Tow Capacity (Standard) 1000
Tow Capacity (Maximum) 1000
Headroom (Front) 39.3
Headroom (Row 2) 37.4
Hiproom (Front) 54.6
Hiproom (Row 2) 48.6
Legroom (Front) 42.0
Legroom (Row 2) 32.6
Shoulder Room (Front) 58.2
Shoulder Room (Row 2) 53.9
Seating (Maximum) 5
Headroom (Row 3) N/A
Hiproom (Row 3) N/A
Legroom (Row 3) N/A
Shoulder Room (Row 3) N/A

Brakes, Steering, Suspension and Tires
Brakes (Front) Disc
Brakes (Rear) Disc
Driveline Rear Wheel Drive
Driveline (Opt) N/A
Steering Rack & Pinion
Steering Diameter Left 38.9
Steering Diameter Right 38.9
Suspension (Front) Independent
Suspension (Rear) Independent
Tire Type Passenger
Tire Width 215 mm
Tire Aspect Ratio 65
Tire Construction Radial
Tire wheel Diameter 17 in.

Capacity and Volume
Cargo Volume (EPA) 16 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume (MFR) 16 cu. ft.
Fuel Capacity 18.0
Passenger Volume (EPA) 91
Passenger Volume (MFR) 91.5 cu. ft.
Box/Cargo Height N/A
Box/Cargo Length N/A
Box/Cargo Width (Wheel) N/A
Box/Cargo Width (Wall) N/A
GVWR Standard N/A
GVWR Maximum N/A
Payload Standard N/A
Payload Maximum N/A

Exterior Dimensions and Weight
Curb Weight MT N/A
Curb Weight AT 3720
Ground Clearance N/A
Height 57.1
Length 197.7
Top Type (Standard) Hard Fixed
Top Type (Optional) N/A
Track (Front) 63.0
Track (Rear) 63.1
Weight Distribution AT (Front) 54
Weight Distribution AT (Rear) 46
Weight Distribution MT (Front) N/A
Weight Distribution MT (Rear) N/A
Wheelbase 116.0
Width 75.7
Doors (Standard) 2
Doors (Maximum) 2

Crash Test Ratings, Sales and Origin
Crash Test Rating 5* / 5*
Sales Volume N/A
Where Built Canada

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2010 Dodge Avenger

The front styling of the Dodge Avenger is a judicious exercise in Dodge sporty looks that aren’t overdone.

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The test Avenger with V6 had exemplary road poise for a car in its price range, and I was surprised at how well-managed the body motions and suspension workings were. It all made the test Avenger, which topped at less than $23,000 with options, seem more expensive than it was. Basically, the car with touring suspension that’s standard in the SXT trim level felt well-balanced in the back and forth motions on twisty mountain roads. And the Avenger behaved stably and predictably, with no weird reactions in abrupt emergency maneuvers.


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Road bumps came through only mildly for the most part. Passengers were jostled just a bit when the car went over large potholes. But none of it was upsetting or harsh.

Note that the Dodge Avenger is built on the front-wheel-drive platform that’s also used in the Chrysler Sebring sedan that debuted as a new-generation model for the 2007 model year.

The Avenger is wider and taller than the Stratus, and the extra 4 inches in height helped Dodge engineers position seats up higher from the pavement for better views and more comfortable positioning for passengers.

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I prefer the V6s—Dodge offers two of them—to the Avenger’s base four cylinder. Besides the reasonable price and better torque, these V6s have pleasing engine sounds.

Even the base, 2.7-liter V6 in the test Avenger had good get up and go, thanks to a peak of 191 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. The only transmission with this engine is a 4-speed automatic, though.

Buyers get a more modern, fine-working, 6-speed automatic when they move up to the Avenger’s larger, 235-horsepower 3.5-liter high-output V6 in the R/T model. It starts around $23,000, which is another decent price.

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The Avenger was easy to drive—nimble and right-sized. Just be careful backing the Avenger out of parking spaces and driveways. The car’s shape created a wide pillar between the rear window and rear-doors, and then there’s a black, plastic piece in the rear door window for styling, so this area is even more view-blocking than in many convertibles.

Trunk space is 13.35 cubic feet vs. the 15 cubic feet in the Camry. Most of the Avenger’s cargo room is under the rear window and parcel shelf. Supportive front bucket seats in the test car were finished with perforated leather that was so soft to the touch, it was obviously leather. At introduction of the Avenger, it was a $925 option.

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Avenger ceiling material was textured and looked good in the test car, there were some plastic pieces on the dashboard and door trim inside that weren’t aligned properly. Additionally, the Avenger’s blinkers had the loud, old-style, clickity sound that most new vehicles have abandoned.

And I spent considerable time before finding that the dome light in the ceiling was operated by a control integrated into the Avenger’s blinker stalk.

The Avenger is one of the few mainstream midsized sedans to offer all-wheel drive.

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2010 Dodge Charger

If an automaker is lucky, it has an iconic model in its past that can be updated or revived to

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become popular again. Ford has its Mustang and Dodge has its Charger. Like the Mustang, the Charger was a rear-wheel-drive coupe. It was one of the fastest, most stylish muscle cars of the late 1960s, especially the 1968-70 version, and


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was much roomier than the Mustang.

Kids wanted a fast Mustang V8, but older hot car buyers wanted the more practical Charger with a big V8. The Charger was turned into more of a luxury coupe after 1971 because of the faltering muscle car market.

The rear-wheel-drive Charger was dropped after 1978, although the Charger name was put for awhile on some Chrysler Corp. cars like the special version of the small front-wheel-drive Dodge Omni. Memories of the 1960s muscle car version were kept alive because a 1968-70 Charger was featured in the popular “Dukes of Hazzard” television show, which ran from 1979 to 1985 before hitting the rerun circuit. Every kid seemingly had a model of the

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Title › 2010 Dodge Charger

“Dukes of Hazzard” Charger.

Utility Wanted

“Today’s buyer of a car such as the Charger wants 4-door utility, along with strong acceleration and sporty ride and handling,” said Mark Mallie, a Dodge marketing brand manager associated with the Charger.

However, the new Charger has been cleverly styled to look more or less like a coupe, with such things as a sloping rear roofline, steeply raked rear window and short trunk lid.

Dodge dealers have been anxiously waiting about a year for a new sedan. Chrysler got the successful 300 sedan about a year ago, and Dodge was given the Magnum station wagon at the same time.

The Magnum has been popular, but many Dodge customers are sedan buyers. In fact, Dodge says its dealer initially have placed 27,000 orders for the Charger.

Shared Components

To keep costs down, the Charger, 300 and Magnum share a chassis and powertrains. In fact, the reputation of those two models should help Charger sales because it has their proven components.

Dodge says the Charger “celebrates all that’s good about American muscle cars in a thoroughly modern way.” Regular colors are offered, but nostalgic Charger buyers can get a few bold “high impact” retro colors, including “Go ManGO!” and “Top Banana.”

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Big and Roomy

The new Charger is a big, brawny looking car, with the longest wheelbase in its class. Its attractive interior has small sound system controls, but otherwise is very user-friendly. The rear seat is especially roomy.

The trunk opening is high, but there’s an enormous amount of cargo space. Folding rear seatbacks on most trim levels enlarge that area.

The aerodynamic Charger’s nose leans into the wind and it has a bold “crosshair” grille and a beltline below the side windows that drops as it moves rearward—then kicks up in the rear door to draw attention to its muscular rear fenders and large back tires.

The beltline also emphasizes the car’s rear-wheel-drive layout, which was used by the old Charger and other classic 1960s muscle cars.

Road and Track

Driving the Charger hard with its available HEMI V8 at a challenging new Chicago area road racing track showed that the car can do fast laps because it has direct steering and good handling and braking, with a linear pedal feel. The power steering is a little light and it’s no 5-Series BMW sports sedan, but most American sedans wouldn’t have done as well.

Later, I drove the Charger with the HEMI on Chicago area roads and found it had a good ride over bumpy roads, although the steering also was a bit overassisted during normal street driving.

The majority of Charger buyers (65 percent) are expected to be males aged 40-59 with a $75,000 median annual income. About 75 percent are expected to have older children, some of whom might be driving Mustangs.

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Lots of HEMIs

“We expect that about half of Charger buyers will order the HEMI V8,” Mallie said. “And they won’t all be males. While some women don’t know about the HEMI’s power-producing features, they associate the HEMI name with quality.”

The Charger comes with a 3.5-liter 250-horsepower V6 that delivers decent performance or the ferocious 5.7-liter 340-horsepower HEMI, which produces 350 horsepower with the optional Road and Track performance option. (A 6.1-liter 425-horsepower HEMI now offered for the Chrysler 300 and Magnum arrives next year for the low volume Charger SRT8.)

The base Charger SE V6 costs $22,320, and the HEMI-powered Charger R/T lists at $29,520. That’s about $4,000 less than the more upscale Chrysler 300 with the HEMI.

Various Option Packages

The Charger SE also can be had with an SXT package. It contains such items as aluminum wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an 8-way power driver’s seat, a chrome grille, fog lights and an upgraded sound system.

Offered for the R/T is the Road/Track Performance option. It adds that 10 extra horsepower, performance steering, 18-inch all-season performance tires, stiffer suspension, automatic temperature control, power adjustable pedals and heated performance front seats.

Is the new Charger a worthy successor to the old Charger muscle cars? It sure is, and nevermind the two extra doors.

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