Compare 2008 Dodge Caliber vs 2009 Pontiac Vibe

2008 Dodge Caliber
2009 Pontiac Vibe
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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 HB FWD w/1SA
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB FWD w/1SA 26 32 $15,375 $16,100
4-Door HB FWD w/1SB 21 28 $15,752 $16,495
4-Door HB AWD 20 26 $19,553 $20,475
4-Door HB FWD GT 21 28 $19,935 $20,875
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,078
$15,375
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,965
$16,100
Monthly Payment Estimate
$249 / month
$268 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
8.0
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 small-hatchback competition is growing, but with a new look, upgraded powertrains, and bolstered safety features, the new 2009 Pontiac Vibe should be a top choice.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-size Compact Passenger Car
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.9 39.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 52.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 41.6
Front Hip Room (in)
52.2 52.3
Second Leg Room (in)
35.7 36.2
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 40.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95.2 91.4
Second Hip Room (in)
49.6 43.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.2 53.3
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.7 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
173.8 171.1
Height, Overall (in)
60.4 61.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 59.9
Wheelbase (in)
103.7 102.4
Liftover Height (in)
27.6 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.8 69.5
Track Width, Front (in)
59.8 59.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
18.5 20.1
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
48.0 49.4
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.19
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
9.0 x 1.38 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x 1.0 10.82
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
NA 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.6 13
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.5 35.3
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.88 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P205/70R15 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
TPB QGF
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P205/70R15 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code
TPB QGF
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 N/A
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2879 2856
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.2 6.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas L4
Fuel System
SMPI DOHC
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
125 @ 5200 128 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
EBA LAY
Displacement
1.8L/110 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500 132 @ 6000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 28
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.16 1.90
Trans Order Code
DD7 MM5
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.12 4.31
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 0.89
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.77 3.17
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.31
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.25
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback 4 Door Compact Car
Vehicle Name
Dodge Caliber Pontiac Vibe
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 8

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