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Selected Style 2009 Subaru WRX 4-Door HB SE FWD
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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
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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
Fuel Economy - City N/A mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway N/A mpg 29 mpg
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
Passenger Volume (ft³) 95.2
Front Head Room (in) 39.8
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 Up (ft³) 18.5
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 48.0
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
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.5
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
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
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
Rear Wheel Material Steel
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.2
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 525
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
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Manual
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
Body Style Hatchback
Vehicle Name Dodge Caliber
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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