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Selected Style 5-Door Wagon Manual STD (Natl)
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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
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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,346
$14,078
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,510
$14,965
Monthly Payment Estimate
$259 / month
$249 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
6.2
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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
Fuel Economy - City 26 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 33 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Small Station Wagon Mid-size
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 51.7 52.2
Second Leg Room (in) 36.3 35.7
Front Head Room (in) 40.6 39.8
Passenger Volume (ft³) 96.2 95.2
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
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
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 9.0 x - TBD - 9.0 x 1.38
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.2 13.6
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.36 2.88
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
Tires
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
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA TPB
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 100
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2679 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) Compact Compact
Rear 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 Torque @ RPM 122 @ 4200 125 @ 5200
Engine Order Code NA EBA
Displacement 1.8L/109 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 126 @ 6000 148 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System SFI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 26 24
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.31 1.41
Trans Type 5 5
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
Summary
Vehicle Name Toyota Matrix Dodge Caliber
Body Style 5 Door Wagon Hatchback
Suspension
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
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
 
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