Compare 2008 Toyota Matrix vs 2008 Dodge Caliber

2008 Toyota Matrix
2008 Dodge Caliber
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4-Door Wagon Manual STD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Wagon Manual STD 26 33 $14,346 $15,510
4-Door Wagon Automatic STD 25 31 $15,086 $16,310
4-Door Wagon Manual XR 26 33 $15,373 $16,990
4-Door Wagon Automatic XR 25 31 $16,126 $17,820
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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
$14,346
$14,078
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,510
$14,965
Monthly Payment Estimate
$259 / month
$249 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.2
7.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Toyota Matrix still has one of the best combinations of utility and fuel efficiency, though it lags in safety features. 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
26 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Station Wagon Mid-size
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
47.8 49.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.2 54.2
Second Head Room (in)
39.8 38.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.6 53.4
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 41.8
Front Hip Room (in)
51.7 52.2
Second Leg Room (in)
36.3 35.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.2 95.2
Front Head Room (in)
40.6 39.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 7.7
Length, Overall (in)
171.3 173.8
Height, Overall (in)
60.6 60.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.9 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
102.4 103.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.9 68.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
53.2 48.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
21.8 18.5
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 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
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
9.0 x - TBD - 9.0 x 1.38
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 13.6
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
19.5 16.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.8 35.5
Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.36 2.88
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA TPB
Front Tire Size
P205/55R16 P205/70R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA TPB
Spare Tire Order Code
NA TBC
Rear Tire Size
P205/55R16 P205/70R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2679 2879
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.9 7.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 525
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 120
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
126 @ 6000 148 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
122 @ 4200 125 @ 5200
Engine Order Code
NA EBA
Displacement
1.8L/109 1.8L/110
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 29
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.25 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.90 2.16
Trans Order Code
NA DD7
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.94 4.12
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.89 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.17 3.77
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 1.41
Trans Type
5 5
Summary
Vehicle Name
Toyota Matrix Dodge Caliber
Body Style
5 Door Wagon Hatchback
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.95 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.79 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar NA

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