Compare 2008 Suzuki Forenza vs 2008 Dodge Caliber

2008 Suzuki Forenza
2008 Dodge Caliber
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4-Door Sedan Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual 19 28 $13,909 $14,489
4-Door Sedan Manual Convenience Pkg 19 28 $14,389 $14,989
4-Door Wagon Manual 20 27 $14,773 $15,389
4-Door Sedan Manual Convenience Pkg w/ABS 19 27 $14,869 $15,489
4-Door Sedan Automatic 20 28 $14,965 $15,589
4-Door Wagon Manual Convenience Pkg 20 27 $15,253 $15,889
4-Door Sedan Automatic Convenience Pkg 20 28 $15,445 $16,089
4-Door Wagon Manual Convenience Pkg w/ABS 20 28 $15,733 $16,389
4-Door Wagon Automatic 20 27 $15,829 $16,489
4-Door Sedan Automatic Convenience Pkg w/ABS 20 28 $15,925 $16,589
4-Door Sedan Automatic Popular Pkg 20 28 $16,117 $16,789
4-Door Wagon Automatic Convenience Pkg 20 27 $16,309 $16,989
4-Door Wagon Automatic Convenience Pkg w/ABS 20 28 $16,789 $17,489
4-Door Wagon Automatic Popular Pkg 20 28 $16,981 $17,689
Select style
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
$13,909
$14,078
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,489
$14,965
Monthly Payment Estimate
$241 / month
$249 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
5.4
7.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Suzuki Forenza still offers a lot of features for the money, but its older design lags in performance, refinement, and safety. 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
19 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Mid-size
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 38.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.7 53.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 41.8
Front Hip Room (in)
52.7 52.2
Second Leg Room (in)
36.7 35.7
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 39.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95.1 95.2
Second Hip Room (in)
53.9 49.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 54.2
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 7.7
Length, Overall (in)
177.2 173.8
Height, Overall (in)
56.9 60.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.3 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
102.4 103.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 68.8
Track Width, Front (in)
58.3 59.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.4 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 18.5
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 48.0
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 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)
- TBD - 10.8 x 1.0
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 13.6
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 16.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.1 35.5
Steering Type
Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.88
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P195/55R15 P205/70R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA TPB
Spare Tire Order Code
NA TBC
Rear Tire Size
P195/55R15 P205/70R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA TPB
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2756 2879
Wheels
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
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 7.2
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 525
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
NA SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
131 @ 4000 125 @ 5200
Engine Order Code
NA EBA
Displacement
2.0L/122 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
127 @ 5600 148 @ 6500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 24
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.33 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.16 2.16
Trans Order Code
NA DD7
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.55 4.12
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.12 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.55 3.77
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.48 1.41
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.89 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4dr Sedan Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Suzuki Forenza Dodge Caliber
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Dual-Link 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.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -

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