The 2010 Dodge Caliber hatchback comes standard with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that makes158 horsepower and comes standard with a 5-speed manual gearbox or an optional continuously-variable transmission (CVT). The other engine available is a 2.4L 4-cylinder making172 horsepower, which comes standard on the R/T and optional on the SE and SXT.
Standard safety equipment for 2010 includes seat-mounted side air bags, first- and second-row side-curtain air bags, anti-lock Brakes (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Brake Assist and all-speed traction control, driver and front-passenger active head restraints and tire pressure monitoring.
The base SE comes minimally equipped, while the SXT adds alloy wheels, power windows and doors, air conditioning and cruise control. SXT trims also get as standard the Chill Zone beverage cooler, a rechargeable flashlight system and AC household-type power outlets. R/T trims, in addition to sportier cues such as fog lamps, sport suspension, and chrome and blackout trim. Boston Acoustic speakers and a subwoofer and heated front seats are also standard.
Unique optional interior features available on the SXT and R/T include UConnect Navigation with a 30-gigabyte hard drive, GPS, real-time traffic and voice commands. Also available is iPod Control and the Premium Sound Group, which upgrades the sound system to a 9-speaker Boston Acoustics. The premium sound system comes with rear articulating speakers packaged in the liftgate that swing down for tailgating and other activities.
Late in the 2010 model year, in an effort to appeal to new buyers of the Caliber, Dodge added five new trims, and a complete re-configuring of standard equipment. The new Caliber lineup comprises the Express, Mainstreet, Uptown, Heat and Rush trims.
The "base" Express comes with air conditioning, iPod compatibility, keyless entry, power heated mirrors, Sirius satellite radio and UConnect wireless telephone integration. The Mainstreet trim adds aluminum wheels, body-color and chrome trim and fog lamps. The Uptown gets the Caliber's signature flip-down tailgate speakers, nine Boston Acoustics speakers with a subwoofer, heated front seats, leather seat trim and steering wheel and a power driver seat. The Heat receives power door locks, 18-inch wheels and a rear spoiler. The Rush trim packages together heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, a Media Center 430 stereo with hard-disk drive, a 6-way power driver seat and a special trunk-lid spoiler.
All but the Rush trim comes with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. The Rush comes with the 2.4L engine. The Mainstreet and Uptown trims come with a standard continuously variable transmission and the others include a standard 5-speed manual.