Compare 2009 Subaru Impreza vs 2008 Dodge Caliber

2009 Subaru Impreza
2008 Dodge Caliber
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4-Door Manual i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual i 20 27 $16,734 $17,495
5-Door Manual i 20 27 $17,198 $17,995
4-Door Automatic i 20 26 $17,651 $18,495
5-Door Automatic i 20 26 $18,115 $18,995
4-Door Manual i w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $18,584 $19,495
5-Door Manual i w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $19,049 $19,995
5-Door Manual Outback Sport 20 27 $19,028 $19,995
4-Door Automatic i w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $19,501 $20,495
5-Door Automatic i w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $19,966 $20,995
5-Door Automatic Outback Sport 20 26 $19,945 $20,995
4-Door Automatic i w/Sat/Nav 20 26 $21,349 $22,495
5-Door Automatic i w/Sat/Nav 20 26 $21,816 $22,995
4-Door Automatic GT 19 24 $25,510 $26,995
5-Door Automatic GT 19 24 $25,978 $27,495
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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
$16,734
$14,078
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,495
$14,965
Monthly Payment Estimate
$292 / month
$249 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
7.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
Whether as a sedan or wagon (hatchback), the 2009 Subaru Impreza has a distinct personality—bringing good performance and safety—that sets it apart from other small cars. 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
20 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-Compact Mid-size
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.9 53.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.9 41.8
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 52.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
87.6 95.2
Second Leg Room (in)
33.0 35.7
Front Head Room (in)
38.6 39.8
Second Hip Room (in)
51.9 49.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
52.7 54.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
36.7 38.9
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.1 60.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.1 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
103.1 103.7
Liftover Height (in)
27.4 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.5 68.8
Track Width, Front (in)
58.5 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.3 7.7
Length, Overall (in)
180.3 173.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 48.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 18.5
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x 0.39 NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 9.0 x 1.38
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x 0.94 10.8 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Channel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 13.6
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.88
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.5 16.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 35.5
Tires
Spare Tire Size
T125/70D17 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA TPB
Spare Tire Order Code
NA TBC
Rear Tire Size
P205/55R16 P205/70R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA TPB
Front Tire Size
P205/55R16 P205/70R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3053 2879
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.4 7.2
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
356 525
Engine
Fuel System
MFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
170 @ 4400 125 @ 5200
Engine Order Code
NA EBA
Displacement
2.5L/150 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 6000 148 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas Flat 4-Cyl Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 24
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.45 3.77
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.41
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 0.81
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.33 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.06 2.16
Trans Order Code
NA DD7
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.90 4.12
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.09 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Summary
Vehicle Name
Subaru Impreza Sedan Dodge Caliber
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Hatchback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Upper A-Arm NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Lower L-Arm NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Double wishbone Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 -

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