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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan S
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe SE 24 35 $15,219 $16,400
2-Door Coupe SES 24 35 $16,552 $17,865
4-Door Sedan S 24 35 $14,574 $15,520
4-Door Sedan SE 24 35 $15,219 $16,400
4-Door Sedan SES 24 35 $16,552 $17,865
4-Door Sedan SEL 24 35 $16,916 $18,265
4-Door HB SE FWD
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Drivetrain

Trim

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
$14,574
$14,078
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,520
$14,965
Monthly Payment Estimate
$259 / month
$249 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2009 Ford Focus is a solid choice if you're looking for a roomy car that rides 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
Fuel Economy - City 24 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 35 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Mid-size
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 50.9 49.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.4 54.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 38.3 38.9
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.6 53.4
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7 41.8
Front Hip Room (in) 50.4 52.2
Passenger Volume (ft³) 93.4 95.2
Second Leg Room (in) 36.1 35.7
Front Head Room (in) 39.2 39.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 58.6 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 7.7
Length, Overall (in) 175.0 173.8
Height, Overall (in) 58.7 60.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 58.1 59.8
Wheelbase (in) 102.9 103.7
Liftover Height (in) 29.5 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 67.8 68.8
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
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.8 x - TBD - 10.8 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Brake ABS System NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - TBD - NA
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) - TBD - 9.0 x 1.38
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.0 13.6
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.8 16.6
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
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code - TBD - TPB
Front Tire Size P195/60R15 P205/70R15
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code - TBD - TPB
Spare Tire Order Code - TBD - TBC
Rear Tire Size P195/60R15 P205/70R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 100
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2623 2879
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 7.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 525
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 120
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 140 @ 6000 148 @ 6500
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 28 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 35 29
Transmission
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.77 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.72 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.14 2.16
Trans Order Code - TBD - DD7
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
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan Hatchback
Vehicle Name Ford Focus Dodge Caliber
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.83 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent SLA 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.) w/Stabilizer bars NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 8 -
 
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