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For those of you driving the Caliber with the 2.0 L engine: how do you find the acceleration when getting up to highway speeds? Once you are on the highway is the Caliber "sprightly" when attempting to pass another car?

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I'm just back from a 200 mile round trip, mainly on motorways and had no problem blowing past other drivers when required :D

This was a concern of mine too but the Caliber has past this test with flying colours IMHO :D
 

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LuckyBoy2007 said:
For those of you driving the Caliber with the 2.0 L engine: how do you find the acceleration when getting up to highway speeds? Once you are on the highway is the Caliber "sprightly" when attempting to pass another car?

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Just fine. "sprightly" is a good word! LOL
And the off-the-line acceleration is a bit better after the F29 software flash.
 

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LuckyBoy2007 said:
For those of you driving the Caliber with the 2.0 L engine: how do you find the acceleration when getting up to highway speeds? Once you are on the highway is the Caliber "sprightly" when attempting to pass another car?

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So I think it probably depends on what you think "sprightly," is; I think it's great. But I come from a series of 4 cylinder cars. A mustangII-think pinto, A VW rabbit 79 both then a 92 Ford Escort and finally a Hyundai Elantra. The caliber with the CVT once you get used to it accelerates quite nicely.
 

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The only other car I have to compare the Caliber 2.0 L is a Saturn SL1 which had somewhere around 100 HP. I thought that car was fine once you got it going. It definitely got really good gas mileage. But it wasn't the most graceful car accelerating to highway speeds.
 

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I posted elsewhere in these forums that acceleration was sometimes good, sometimes not so good when the car was breaking in. It's a learning curve to drive the CVT. Now with 3k miles my Caliber SXT 2.0 CVT it is always responsive. It's either learning to drive the CVT, the break-in, or a combination of both. I was initially worried that I would be unhappy with the acceleration but instead I'm completely happy.
 

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As I've stated before, I'm always first off the line when the light turns green, and I have no problem staying out front. I've passed people doing 60 in a 65 on a two lane highway, and it's almost scary at how fast this thing will pick up and go! Once you learn how to drive it, there's nothing you can't do! Well except street racing- it does have it's limitations after all. But in regular day to day driving, it can be a little bad ass!:D
 

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LuckyBoy2007 said:
For those of you driving the Caliber with the 2.0 L engine: how do you find the acceleration when getting up to highway speeds? Once you are on the highway is the Caliber "sprightly" when attempting to pass another car?

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The Caliber does a great job at passing... even at speeds of 75mph+.
 

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The Caliber is no "speed demon". But it can get out of it's own way. I cruise to and from work at about 90 to 95 mph. Even at those speeds I can still step on the gas and pass up somebody pretty quickly. With the CVT transmission it doesn't feel like you moving all that fast. You should have no problems mergeing into highway speeds. It could be a little quicker on the initial take off, but still it's not bad.
 

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The Caliber does a great job at passing... even at speeds of 75mph+.
4 cylinder engines are great at high revs they lack the torque most of the time. My mother 2002 neon sxt is a slug till it gets to 55mph and then it seriously hauls ass. But the engine sounds bad ass at higher rpm so it prolly is going slower then i think. I"m used to a v8, v6 feel then a 4 banger. either way my lhs, spirit v6, and ss/t smoke the neon. it would be interesting to race a caliber. my truck has lots of torque. The thing sucked at brake torqing for some reason and my dads cousin cleaned my throttle body out (heavily carboned) and the think will actually spin from a standstill without brakes. and it definantly brake torques i just have to learn to drive! I"m glad to hear the cars are good at passing.
 

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4 cylinder engines are great at high revs they lack the torque most of the time. My mother 2002 neon sxt is a slug till it gets to 55mph and then it seriously hauls ass. But the engine sounds bad ass at higher rpm so it prolly is going slower then i think. I"m used to a v8, v6 feel then a 4 banger. either way my lhs, spirit v6, and ss/t smoke the neon. it would be interesting to race a caliber. my truck has lots of torque. The thing sucked at brake torqing for some reason and my dads cousin cleaned my throttle body out (heavily carboned) and the think will actually spin from a standstill without brakes. and it definantly brake torques i just have to learn to drive! I"m glad to hear the cars are good at passing.
Yeah, we need to remember that we're talking about grocery-gettin-4-bangers here. If one wants a stop-light-grand-prix hotrod then they should get the SRT... or be looking at the Charger with a 5.7L Hemi in it. But for a 4-cylinder the Caliber does very well with its 158 horses and the CVT.
 

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Went out for dinner tonight and my wife offered to be the designated driver for the return trip. There's now over 3000K on our Caliber so I decided to introduce her to the "go button" as termed by another poster I can't recall. I didn't tell her about this performance mode prior as the vehicle was in break-in mode and I was concerned about over revs. I explained about the throttle detente and pushing through the throttle click for accessing the "go button". We went through a speed limit transition from 70k to 100k so she hit the "go button". She let off at 130kph after a brief interval, looked at the speedo and exclaimed "oh my". From the passenger seat I felt acceleration pressure the whole time until let off. Make no mistake, the car is not a street light warrior per se, but highway and passing performance are very good. For a four banger, our Caliber does not disappoint. There is definately a breakin period for this drive train that I cannot compare to previous vehicles. Once you learn the drive train ideosyncracies, the car can please.

I feel the 2.4L engine is the way to go if unable to get the diesel. This engine, with little modification, will be pumping 300HP in the SRT4, enjoys over engineering in non turbo trim, and probably compares well in fuel use day to day if not being worked compared to the smaller engines.
 

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When I thought about it as it relates to this topic of acceleration and passing, my Caliber actually reminds me a lot of a Porsche 914 that I had a few years back.

The Porsche 914 I had was their 2.0 model, although it was a flat 6 cylinder.

The acceleration from start, or when you first pushed hard on the accelerator, was not spectacular. However, a second or so AFTER it began to accelerate, it really took off.

My Caliber seems the same way - probably because of the CVT effects as discussed often on this board. It won't take off like a bullet, from a stop or regular cruising speed, the moment you press on the pedal - but if you
accelerate just a bit THEN give it some gas - it does have some real spunk.

I've noticed when passing: you will get the best response if you lay back a bit from the vehicle you intend to pass, accelerate a bit to close the gap (still at a safe distance), THEN give it the "passing-speed" acceleration as you safely change lanes to overtake the other vehicle(s).

It THEN accelerates smoothly and swiftly, while maintaining very good control and handling. If I wanted something that lays rubber and takes off like a bullet - and has the gas mileage, etc to go with it - I would have bought such a vehicle. With the Caliber, I can have the economical and other features that I want - and still accelerate well without the jackrabbit stuff AND some inherent problems/concerns that come with the speed-demon rocket vehicles that I have no use for.
 

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Harley said:
*snip*My Caliber seems the same way - probably because of the CVT effects as discussed often on this board. It won't take off like a bullet, from a stop or regular cruising speed, the moment you press on the pedal - but if you
accelerate just a bit THEN give it some gas - it does have some real spunk.

I've noticed when passing: you will get the best response if you lay back a bit from the vehicle you intend to pass, accelerate a bit to close the gap (still at a safe distance), THEN give it the "passing-speed" acceleration as you safely change lanes to overtake the other vehicle(s).

It THEN accelerates smoothly and swiftly, while maintaining very good control and handling. *snip*
I agree with this, this is how we have started to drive the Caliber. We moved from a Pontiac STE to the R/T and I was very concerned about passing ability. No worries here at all. In fact I think the R/T has better passing than the STE did.

We always joke after we pass, "The Caliber does not seem to be a fast car" as the speedo slowly drops from around 90-95.
 

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we went to visit friends in toronto yesterday and came home at around midnight lost night empty highway adracted me to see how fast can this baby realy go and i pusht it for about 15-20km to a maxium speed of a 180 and believe me i only have the plain se 1.8liter and when i pusht the foot down to the floor whe where suckt in to our seats ,it feelt like flying:D .Anything but cute eh :eek: .cheers thomas
 

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4 cylinder engines are great at high revs they lack the torque most of the time. My mother 2002 neon sxt is a slug till it gets to 55mph and then it seriously hauls ass. But the engine sounds bad ass at higher rpm so it prolly is going slower then i think. I"m used to a v8, v6 feel then a 4 banger. either way my lhs, spirit v6, and ss/t smoke the neon. it would be interesting to race a caliber. my truck has lots of torque. The thing sucked at brake torqing for some reason and my dads cousin cleaned my throttle body out (heavily carboned) and the think will actually spin from a standstill without brakes. and it definantly brake torques i just have to learn to drive! I"m glad to hear the cars are good at passing.
Have you done any mods to your truck? If not, the 5.9 is full of potential. I have on in my Dakota with quite a few mods(getting ready to drop in a fresh 5.9 bored .030, high compression forged pistons, cam, and aluminum heads). Runs low 14's in the 1/4 mile now with just intake, billet throttle body, 2bbl M1 intake manifold, headers, and Mopar PCM. Headers, and a ported throttle body will make a big difference.
 

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More than enough power for passing, but the torque steer is scary. Pull out to pass someone on a narrow 2 lane and it wants to pull you into the ditch. Of course, this is the 1st front driver I've owned since I got rid of my '78 Saab 99, 27 years ago. Caliber wasn't my first choice to replace my old Grand Cherokee mainly because of new tranny, engine etc. ,but my wife thought it looked "CUTE". I told her that the new BMW 3, AWD, wagon looked cute, too, but she writes most of the cheques [wacky Canuck spelling] nowadays. No other problems, both love the car and best part, I get to drive the Benz more now.
 

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I've got ~8k miles on my vehicle and have the following observations:

-The SXT does break in quite substantially in terms of off the line pickup. Either way you won't be eager to drag with friends, but it is much improved over when a brand new vehicle.
-The SXT has plenty of passing speed/accel. for the highway. There is a bit of electronic throttle delay, but you get used to it pretty fast.

-Once you reach ~30 or so, you can quickly accelerate to 60-70-and beyond. I have to be careful, or I go a lil overboard and end up doing 80 in a 60 ;)
 

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Have you done any mods to your truck? If not, the 5.9 is full of potential. I have on in my Dakota with quite a few mods(getting ready to drop in a fresh 5.9 bored .030, high compression forged pistons, cam, and aluminum heads). Runs low 14's in the 1/4 mile now with just intake, billet throttle body, 2bbl M1 intake manifold, headers, and Mopar PCM. Headers, and a ported throttle body will make a big difference.
Wow... sounds cool!
 

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Hey,

ya i love the Calibers accel while passing cars on the hwy.

going to the lake im always going 120 kmph and when i speed up to pass someone i can get her going about 150-160 kmph and pass the car in 10 seconds.

Its GREAT!!

still wanna see if i can get her up to 200 kmph!!! lol
 
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