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2008 Dodge Caliber vs. Its Competition

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2008 Dodge Caliber SE
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Each of these vehicles has very different styling and design inside and out, except the Vibe and Matrix, which are mechanically identical to each other.

The Kia Spectra5 should be a better choice than the Dodge Caliber if you're looking for better handling and a peppier driving feel; the Versa also handles well without any sacrifice in ride quality.

Its competitors have to make far fewer trips to the gas station, but none of this field gets top marks in safety across the board.

2008 Dodge Caliber SE2008 Dodge Caliber2009 Pontiac Vibe GT2009 Pontiac Vibe2009 Toyota Matrix2009 Toyota Matrix2008 Nissan Versa S2008 Nissan Versa
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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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The small-hatchback competition is growing, but with a new look, upgraded powertrains, and bolstered safety features, the new 2009 Pontiac Vibe should be a top choice.
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Can't make up your mind between coupe, sedan, or SUV? The versatile, economical, and safe 2009 Toyota Matrix might be the solution.
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The 2008 Nissan Versa isn’t particularly sporty, fashionable, or innovative, but it offers an astonishing amount of space, comfort, and features for the money.
MSRP From   
$14,965Browse Used Listings$16,100Browse Used Listings$16,290Browse Used Listings$12,880Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage   
19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas L4Gas I4Gas 4-cyl
EPA Class   
Mid-sizeCompact Passenger CarSmall Station WagonCompact
Style Name   
4-Door HB SE FWD4-Door HB FWD w/1SA5-Door Wagon Manual FWD (GS)4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 1.8 S
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
Hatchback4 Door Compact Car5 Door Wagon4 Door Sedan
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