Compare 2008 Nissan Sentra vs 2008 Dodge Caliber

2008 Nissan Sentra
2008 Dodge Caliber
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4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 25 33 $15,483 $16,140
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0 S 24 31 $15,275 $16,370
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 S 25 33 $16,018 $17,170
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SL 25 33 $17,786 $19,070
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT SE-R 24 30 $18,716 $20,070
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE-R Spec V 21 33 $19,181 $20,570
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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
$15,483
$14,078
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,140
$14,965
Monthly Payment Estimate
$269 / month
$249 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Nissan Sentra is worth a drive, but its CVT may turn off some buyers. 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
25 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Mid-size
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
54.1 52.2
Second Leg Room (in)
34.5 35.7
Front Head Room (in)
40.6 39.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.4 95.2
Second Hip Room (in)
53.0 49.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 54.2
Second Head Room (in)
37.3 38.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 53.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.8 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
105.7 103.7
Liftover Height (in)
28.1 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.5 68.8
Track Width, Front (in)
59.8 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.6 7.7
Length, Overall (in)
179.8 173.8
Height, Overall (in)
59.5 60.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.1 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 18.5
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 48.0
Brakes
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
9.0 x - TBD - 9.0 x 1.38
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.02 x 0.94 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)
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 13.6
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 2.88
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 16.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 35.5
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA TBC
Rear Tire Size
P205/60HR15 P205/70R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA TPB
Front Tire Size
P205/60HR15 P205/70R15
Spare Tire Size
T125/70D16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA TPB
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2925 2879
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.4 7.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 525
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 120
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
147 @ 4800 125 @ 5200
Engine Order Code
NA EBA
Displacement
2.0L/122 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
140 @ 5100 148 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 24
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.35 - 0.39 3.77
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.41
Trans Type
1 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.75 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.16
Trans Order Code
NA DD7
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.41 4.12
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
CVT Manual
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan Sentra Dodge Caliber
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Hatchback
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.9 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA

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