I don't see why people think the Caliber looks ugly. I thought it looked awesome since the first time I saw it. At first I thought it was a little small-ish. I was thinking it was going to be the size of the Ford Edge or something similar. I was originially looking at a Matrix or a Vibe, but this seems to be a better vehicle for cheaper. Can't really beat that. PLUS the CVT, and as for the original poster, the stock stereo in the Caliber has a connector for your iPod or whatever music player you want. The problem with having an ipod-specific stereo, is that if someone has a Zen, or a Gigabeat or whatever, they're SOL. I think the Caliber absolutely hits the sweet spot of its segment. Price, utility, decent power, cool features, and, in my opinion, great looks.