Compare 2012 Dodge Caliber vs 2012 Volkswagen Golf

2012 Dodge Caliber
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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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2-Door HB Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual 23 33 $17,275 $17,995
2-Door HB Manual PZEV w/Convertible 23 33 $18,086 $18,840
2-Door HB Manual w/Convertible 23 33 $18,086 $18,840
2-Door HB Automatic 24 31 $18,331 $19,095
4-Door HB Automatic 24 31 $19,003 $19,795
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $19,003 $19,795
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible 24 31 $19,142 $19,940
2-Door HB Automatic w/Convertible 24 31 $19,142 $19,940
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible 24 31 $19,814 $20,640
4-Door HB Automatic w/Convertible 24 31 $19,814 $20,640
2-Door HB Manual PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 23 33 $19,829 $20,655
2-Door HB Manual w/Convertible & Sunroof 23 33 $19,829 $20,655
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $20,885 $21,755
2-Door HB Automatic w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $20,885 $21,755
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $21,557 $22,455
4-Door HB Automatic w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $21,557 $22,455
2-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $23,266 $24,235
4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $23,937 $24,935
2-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $24,322 $25,335
2-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $24,917 $25,955
4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $24,993 $26,035
4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,589 $26,655
2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,973 $27,055
2-Door HB Manual TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $26,534 $27,640
4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $26,645 $27,755
4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,206 $28,340
2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,590 $28,740
4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $28,262 $29,440
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,944
$17,275
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,380
$17,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$290 / month
$300 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.4
7.8
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 Volkswagen Golf feels like a premium vehicle, and it's priced like one too, especially its fuel-efficient TDI edition.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Station Wagon Compact
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
52.2 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.7 35.5
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 39.3
Second Hip Room (in)
49.6 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.4 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.2 93
Second Head Room (in)
38.9 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 52.8
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 41.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
103.7 101.5
Liftover Height (in)
27.7 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.8 70.3
Track Width, Front (in)
59.8 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.7 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
173.8 165.4
Height, Overall (in)
60.4 58.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
47.4 46.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
18.4 15.0
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.2 x 0.5
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 11.3 x 1.0
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 14.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- TBD - 35.7
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/70R15 195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
TPB NA
Front Tire Size
P205/70R15 195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
TPB NA
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2940 2968
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.2 10.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I5
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
141 @ 5000 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
ECN NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
158 @ 6400 170 @ 5700
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 23
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.41 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.16 2.12
Trans Order Code
DD7 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.12 3.65
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.02 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.77 3.78
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.36
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.72 0.77
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback 2 Door HB
Vehicle Name
Dodge Caliber Volkswagen Golf
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 7.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 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
--
Side Barrier Rating Driver
--
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
--
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
--
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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