I drove a rental Caliber this weekend, and I have some thoughts on it, and the company that built it. If you don't care, that's fine. This is a big website, and there are many other threads to read. I'm not Trishield, and I'm definitely not Clarkson, so this may be painful. You've been warned. The fact that Dodge would be sellling a vehicle in 2007 with the interior quality and driving experience I experienced this week is an unmistakable indicator of their iminent demise. The interior was literally no better than the interior of the ex-rental 1998 Chevy Cavalier I once owned, and in some ways it was worse. The only surface that was comforting to the touch was the gear shift indicator. Everything else was hard, or oddly textured, or both. I was actually concerned about breaking the turn signal stalk. It took me several tries to get the cruise control to engage. Until I took pity on it and moved it to a better location, my suitcase kept sliding around the cargo area and banging into the hard walls. Driving it was entertaining in that I was constantly guessing what result a particular throttle application was going to give. Sometimes the engine would get louder but the car wouldn't really go any faster. I seriously thought it was a CVT for a while, but then it gave a sick lurch and upshifted so it was a standard automatic after all. Sometimes the car would violently downshift and lurch forward. That would startle me, so I would let off the gas in order to avoid rear-ending someone, so the car would suddenly up shift and nose forward as momentum died. Tell me this- how does a front-wheel drive car incapable of doing a burnout on damp pavement with the e-brake set provide "torque" steer? Here's the bottom line for me. I know it's a rental, and I'm cutting it a lot of slack because of that. However, this car had some serious faults that I can't attribute to its career- bad sightlines, poor quality materials, poorly laid out interior, "power" plant... lot's of things. This is one of many small cars, all built on the same platform, that Chrysler offers in the marketplace. There is no way that this thing is a legitimate competitor to the Cobalt, Yaris, Fit, xB, Focus, Mazda3, or anything else I've driven in the small car arena. Worse yet, the hemi equipped 2008 Jeep Cherokee in my family leads me to believe this is a problem with all of Chryslers products. Good luck Cerberus. You're going to need it.