The Dodge Caliber was first introduced as a concept car at the Geneva Auto Show in 2005. In January 10, 2006, the pre-production version of the Dodge Caliber, which showed more improvements from the concept model, debuted at the North American International Auto Show. Although it has generated a lot mixed reactions, being offered at an affordable, budget-friendly price was able to earn the Dodge Caliber a wide fanbase from almost all ages and income levels.
2007: The first Caliber
The first Dodge Caliber debuted at the North American International Auto Show in 2007. Developed to be a replacement for the Dodge Neon, 2007 Caliber was a five-passenger four-door combination of a hatchback wagon and a crossover. The first Caliber hit an estimated 32 mpg on the highway and was available in FWD and AWD. Since then, the Caliber has become one of Dodge's bestsellers because of its affordability that attracted young families and singles on a budget.
2008: New trinkets
In 2008, all Dodge Calibers got new chrome accents in the cabins. Aside from some additional standard equipment to the Caliber SXT and R/T models, the rest of the 2008 line-up remained unchanged.
2009: The makeover
The Dodge Caliber went through another set of minor changes in 2009. The base models were given new door handles that were previously available on R/T models only. The trunk lid was also lighter and easier to open. Even the "Dodge" and "Caliber" badges were moved to different positions and for the interior, the panels were changed from grey to black. However, the most significant changes for the 2009 Dodge Caliber are the new hard-drive-based music and navigation system. To reduce noise, it was also equipped with added sound insulation.
2010: New trims on the block
In 2010, the Dodge Caliber came out in five new trim levels ranging from the value-oriented to the sporty top-of-the-line models. The upgraded interiors included a padded center armrest, padded door trim panels, and active front head restraints. For this year, the SRT4 model was dropped from the line-up.
2011: Color galore
The 2011 Dodge Caliber came in six new paint schemes and an improved steering feel. Most trim levels also gained additional functions for the navigation system and standard stability control. Other improvements for this model year include 18-inch chrome-clad wheels, new shocks, and a thicker rear anti-roll bar.
2012: Here to stay
For 2012, the Dodge Caliber has returned with a completely revised and simplified model line-up. For better performance and a quieter operation, it was equipped with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine was also dropped for this model year.