Is it just us, or does Dodge seem to have an affinity for naming its cars after destructive forces? Avenger, Challenger, Charger, Nitro, and of course, Caliber. So basically, if you’re coming after Dodge pardner, you better know it’s a Challenger, an Avenger, and a Charger. For weapons it’s got Nitro and Caliber—plus, it will all arrive in a Grand Caravan—with a Journey from Durango.
OK, all kidding aside, the Caliber is Dodge’s entry-level car in the U.S. Further, Dodge exported Caliber all over the world. In fact, the Dodge Caliber was the first Dodge sold in China since, like, World War II. Unfortunately though, as small cars go, when you compare the Caliber to alternative firepower like the Toyota Matrix, that Caliber’s more derringer than .357 Magnum (and yes, Dodge formerly sold a vehicle called “Magnum” too).
Introduced in 2006 as a 2007 model, the Dodge Caliber replaced the arguably better Dodge Neon in the company’s lineup. While there have been revisions to the Caliber over its lifetime, officially there is but one generation of the Dodge Caliber, and by all appearances that is all there might ever be. The current model is slated for replacement in 2013 with parent company Fiat supplying Alfa Romeo underpinnings for the next iteration of the car — which may, or may not, be called “Caliber”.