Compare 2009 Subaru WRX vs 2008 Dodge Caliber

2009 Subaru WRX
2008 Dodge Caliber
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2009 Subaru WRX
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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
N/A
$14,078
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
N/A
$14,965
Monthly Payment Estimate
$0 / month
$249 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX is a niche model that won't appeal to everyone; it's extremely entertaining, remarkably comfortable, and very safe, but might disappoint those who value refinement and frugality for the daily grind. 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
N/A mpg 24 mpg
Highway
N/A mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-size
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.4
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8
Front Hip Room (in)
52.2
Second Leg Room (in)
35.7
Front Head Room (in)
39.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95.2
Second Hip Room (in)
49.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.2
Second Head Room (in)
38.9
Passenger Capacity
5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
60.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8
Wheelbase (in)
103.7
Liftover Height (in)
27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.8
Track Width, Front (in)
59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.7
Length, Overall (in)
173.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
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)
NA
Brake Type
Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
9.0 x 1.38
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes
Brake ABS System
NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.6
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.88
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.5
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact
Front Tire Order Code
TPB
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC
Rear Tire Size
P205/70R15
Rear Tire Order Code
TPB
Front Tire Size
P205/70R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2879
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.2
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525
Engine
Fuel System
SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
125 @ 5200
Engine Order Code
EBA
Displacement
1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.77
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41
Trans Type
5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.16
Trans Order Code
DD7
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.12
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Dodge Caliber
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent

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