Compare 2008 Dodge Caliber vs 2008 Nissan Versa

2008 Dodge Caliber
2008 Nissan Versa
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4-Door HB FWD SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB FWD SE 24 29 $14,078 $14,965
4-Door HB FWD SXT 24 29 $16,371 $17,485
4-Door HB FWD R/T 23 29 $18,032 $19,310
4-Door HB AWD R/T 21 24 $19,943 $21,410
4-Door HB FWD SRT4 19 27 $21,709 $23,350
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4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 1.8 S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 1.8 S 26 31 $12,434 $12,880
5-Door HB I4 Manual 1.8 S 26 31 $12,529 $12,980
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic 1.8 S 24 32 $13,203 $13,680
5-Door HB I4 Automatic 1.8 S 24 32 $13,298 $13,780
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 1.8 SL 26 31 $14,365 $14,890
5-Door HB I4 Manual 1.8 SL 26 31 $14,452 $14,980
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 1.8 SL 27 33 $15,087 $15,640
5-Door HB I4 CVT 1.8 SL 27 33 $15,414 $15,980
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,078
$12,434
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,965
$12,880
Monthly Payment Estimate
$249 / month
$215 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
7.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The Caliber has a very practical layout and quite a few innovative features to get excited about, but it's lacking in driving enjoyment or refinement--even compared to its low-priced competition. The 2008 Nissan Versa isn’t particularly sporty, fashionable, or innovative, but it offers an astonishing amount of space, comfort, and features for the money.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-size Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
49.6 47.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.2 53.5
Second Head Room (in)
38.9 37.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 50.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 41.4
Front Hip Room (in)
52.2 48.8
Second Leg Room (in)
35.7 38.0
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 40.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95.2 94.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
59.8 58.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.7 6.3
Length, Overall (in)
173.8 176.0
Height, Overall (in)
60.4 60.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 58.5
Wheelbase (in)
103.7 102.4
Liftover Height (in)
27.6 27.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.8 66.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
48.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
18.5 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 13.8
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x 1.0 11.02 x 0.95
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
9.0 x 1.38 9.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.6 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6 18.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.5 34.2
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.88 3.25
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
TPB NA
Front Tire Size
P205/70R15 P185/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact T125/70D15
Front Tire Order Code
TPB NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/70R15 P185/65HR15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2879 2671
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.2 7.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 110
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500 122 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas 4-cyl
Fuel System
SMPI NDIS
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
125 @ 5200 127 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
EBA NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 1.8L/110
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 31
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.69
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.16 2.11
Trans Order Code
DD7 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.12 3.93
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 1.17
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.81
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.77 3.73
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.45
Trans Type
5 6
Summary
Vehicle Name
Dodge Caliber Nissan Versa
Body Style
Hatchback 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.87
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer Bar

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