Compare 2008 Ford Focus vs 2008 Dodge Caliber

2008 Ford Focus
2008 Dodge Caliber
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2-Door Coupe S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe S 24 35 $13,569 $14,395
4-Door Sedan S 24 35 $13,900 $14,755
2-Door Coupe SE 24 35 $14,180 $15,225
4-Door Sedan SE 24 35 $14,508 $15,585
2-Door Coupe SES 24 35 $15,404 $16,570
4-Door Sedan SES 24 35 $15,727 $16,925
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,569
$14,078
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,395
$14,965
Monthly Payment Estimate
$240 / month
$249 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
7.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Mid-size
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 38.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 53.4
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 41.8
Front Hip Room (in)
50.4 52.2
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 35.7
Front Head Room (in)
39.2 39.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.3 95.2
Second Hip Room (in)
48.3 49.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.5 54.2
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
175.0 173.8
Height, Overall (in)
58.6 60.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.1 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
102.9 103.7
Liftover Height (in)
29.1 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 68.8
Track Width, Front (in)
58.2 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 7.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.8 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 18.5
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 48.0
Brakes
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)
- TBD - 9.0 x 1.38
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 10.8 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.0 13.6
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.2 35.5
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.88
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 16.6
Tires
Front Tire Size
P195/60R15 P205/70R15
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA TPB
Spare Tire Order Code
NA TBC
Rear Tire Size
P195/60R15 P205/70R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA TPB
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2588 2879
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.2
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 525
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4250 125 @ 5200
Engine Order Code
99N EBA
Displacement
2.0L/121 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
140 @ 6250 148 @ 6500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 24
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.56 4.12
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.67 3.77
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.41
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.72 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.14 2.16
Trans Order Code
NA DD7
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Ford Focus Dodge Caliber
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.83 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Control blade Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -

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