Compare 2012 Dodge Caliber vs 2012 Toyota Matrix

2012 Dodge Caliber
2012 Toyota Matrix
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4-Door HB SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB SE 24 32 $16,944 $17,380
4-Door HB SXT Plus 24 32 $18,199 $18,730
4-Door HB SXT 23 27 $18,232 $18,765
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5-Door Wagon Manual FWD L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door Wagon Manual FWD L 26 32 $17,808 $18,845
5-Door Wagon Manual FWD S 21 28 $18,097 $19,565
5-Door Wagon Automatic FWD L 25 32 $18,603 $19,685
5-Door Wagon Automatic FWD S 21 29 $19,199 $20,755
5-Door Wagon Automatic AWD S 20 26 $20,086 $21,715
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,944
$17,808
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,380
$18,845
Monthly Payment Estimate
$290 / month
$314 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.4
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Dodge Caliber offers a good deal in terms of space, versatility, and features for the money, but you might not find much else to like. The 2012 Toyota Matrix combines the frugality of the best-selling Corolla with a little more sportiness and versatility--but it still comes up a bit short in features.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Station Wagon Small Station Wagon
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 52.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 41.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
52.2 52.3
Second Leg Room (in)
35.7 36.2
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 40.5
Second Hip Room (in)
49.6 43.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.4 53.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.2 94.2
Second Head Room (in)
38.9 39.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 59.9
Wheelbase (in)
103.7 102.4
Liftover Height (in)
27.7 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.8 69.5
Track Width, Front (in)
59.8 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.7 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
173.8 171.9
Height, Overall (in)
60.4 61.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
47.4 49.4
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
18.4 19.8
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.1 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
9.0 x 0.9 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.5 x 1.0 10.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
NA 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.6 13.2
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- TBD - 36.0
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
TPB NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/70R15 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code
TPB NA
Front Tire Size
P205/70R15 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 225
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)
2940 2844
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
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
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
141 @ 5000 128 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
ECN NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
158 @ 6400 132 @ 6000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 32
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.41 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)
1.02 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
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.72 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback 5 Door Wagon
Vehicle Name
Dodge Caliber Toyota Matrix
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.8
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.9
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 7.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
--
Overall Side Crash Rating
--
Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
--
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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