If you're looking for an economical hatchback, the Nissan Versa and Kia Spectra5 should also be on the shopping list.
The Versa in particular is very roomy inside, yet costs a bit less—at least in terms of sticker price—than the Caliber.
The Spectra5 is more fun to drive than the Caliber, and either of these vehicles is more refined than the Dodge.
The Vibe and Matrix are mechanically identical to each other; between the two, we like the styling of the Vibe a bit more.
Most of this field fails to achieve top marks in safety across the board, though you might also consider the slightly smaller and more expensive Honda Fit; it's surprisingly roomy inside.
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|2009 Dodge CaliberBrowse Used Listings||2009 Pontiac VibeBrowse Used Listings||2009 Toyota MatrixBrowse Used Listings||2008 Honda FitBrowse Used Listings||2008 Nissan VersaBrowse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas L4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas 4-cyl|
|Mid-size||Compact Passenger Car||Small Station Wagon||Small Station Wagon||Compact|
|4-Door HB SE||4-Door HB FWD w/1SA||5-Door Wagon Manual FWD (GS)||5-Door HB Manual||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 1.8 S|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Hatchback||4 Door Compact Car||5 Door Wagon||5-Door Hatchback||4 Door Sedan|