The Neon bolted from a cold-dead stop to 60 mph in a wig-twisting six seconds; the Caliber R/T leaves the line, stops off for lunch and a high colonic, checks its e-mail, then finally arrives at 60 mph in a stupendously boring 10-plus seconds, which means it can be dusted by your average UPS truck.Mr. Neil likes the look of the Caliber (so do we), but feels it's not ready. He says:
The Caliber is new. All that remains is for it to be improved.He sounds pretty much like what we wrote after the 2006 NY Auto Show:
New for this show was the Dodge Caliber, a small wagon. It felt pretty cheap to us, but at $15k, maybe we were setting our expectations too high. The seats didn't feel very comfortable, either. Our main concern was that the subcompacts from the big three Japanese makers felt better put together.
Anyway, the Caliber needs some massaging. Hell, so do we. Oh, Alison! Time for the daily Cars! Cars! Cars! rubdown. Oh, stop the retching already.