I disagree on the Caliber. I liked it a lot, especially from the front...reminds me of a mini-Magnum. The way the rear hatch was handled couldve been better tho. I think where the went wrong was in marketing it in place of a small compact. its more of a CUV in a lot of ways.
As much as I hate to admit this, Dodge really needs to take a good look at the Cobalt and Civic in terms of how to do a small car: both sedan AND coupe bodystyles and have a performance version of both, however do like Chevy did and make the coupe the obvious choice for the performance enthusiast. If Dodge goes sedan-only, its going to turn away a LOT of potential buyers who want a car that looks good. Stuffing a turbocharged engine under the hood of a sedan and giving it a few boy-racer styling cues sends the message that you arent 'all in' in terms of creating a serious sport compact. Its a half-assed way of doing things, and that just isnt good enough for the enthusiast. On the other hand, Scion's approach of building an attractive car with no real muscle isnt going to cut it either.