Compare 2008 Dodge Caliber vs 2009 Toyota Matrix

2008 Dodge Caliber
2009 Toyota Matrix
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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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5-Door Wagon Manual FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Wagon Manual FWD 26 32 $15,229 $16,290
5-Door Wagon Manual FWD 26 32 $15,229 $16,290
4-Door Wagon Automatic FWD 25 31 $15,989 $17,100
5-Door Wagon Automatic FWD 25 31 $15,989 $17,100
4-Door Wagon Manual FWD S 21 28 $16,798 $18,360
5-Door Wagon Manual FWD S 21 28 $16,798 $18,360
4-Door Wagon Automatic FWD S 21 29 $17,888 $19,550
5-Door Wagon Automatic FWD S 21 29 $17,888 $19,550
4-Door Wagon Automatic AWD S 20 26 $18,758 $20,500
5-Door Wagon Automatic AWD S 20 26 $18,758 $20,500
4-Door Wagon Manual FWD XRS 21 28 $18,994 $20,760
5-Door Wagon Manual FWD XRS 21 28 $18,994 $20,760
4-Door Wagon Automatic FWD XRS 21 29 $20,084 $21,950
5-Door Wagon Automatic FWD XRS 21 29 $20,084 $21,950
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,078
$15,229
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,965
$16,290
Monthly Payment Estimate
$249 / month
$272 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
7.6
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. Can't make up your mind between coupe, sedan, or SUV? The versatile, economical, and safe 2009 Toyota Matrix might be the solution.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-size Small Station Wagon
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
49.6 43.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.2 53.3
Second Head Room (in)
38.9 39.3
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)
95.2 114
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.7 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
173.8 171.9
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 19.8
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
48.0 61.5
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
NA 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.2
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 10.8
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.6 13.2
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.5 36.0
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
Rear Tire Order Code
TPB NA
Front Tire Size
P205/70R15 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Temporary
Front Tire Order Code
TPB NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/70R15 P205/55R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2879 2865
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Temporary
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 5.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
125 @ 5200 128 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
EBA NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500 132 @ 6000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 32
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 28
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.25
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.16 1.90
Trans Order Code
DD7 NA
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
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback 5 Door Wagon
Vehicle Name
Dodge Caliber Toyota Matrix
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.79
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 8

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