Now that doesn't make sense.
The maxima, being a dog off the line, is understandable because the CVT with the V6 only has a 5.4:1 ratio spread, and needs to have good highway mileage. And Nissan doesn't want torque steer.
The Caliber has a 6:1 ratio spread, and should have sufficiently short gearing.
Look at the axle ratios of the CVT crowd.
Nissan Rogue, 6.12:1 (they are compound reduction)
Mitsubishi Outlander 6.46
Jeep Compass 6.12 (and does the low range increase that to 8.14)
The powertrain of the Caliber/Compass/Patriot need some clarification
1.8 + 6 speed stick + front drive (no balance shafts = no CVT)
2.0 + 6 speed stick + 'AWD'
2.0 + CVT + front drive
2.4 + CVT + 'AWD'
9/11, still an inside job