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Compare 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser vs 2008 Dodge Caliber

2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser
2008 Dodge Caliber
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2-Door Conv
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
PT Cruiser 2-Door Conv 21 26 $17,346 $18,430
PT Cruiser 4-Door Wgn 21 26 $15,033 $15,970
PT Cruiser 4-Door Wgn Limited 18 24 $21,899 $23,515
PT Cruiser 4-Door Wgn Touring 19 24 $18,504 $19,785
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4-Door HB R/T AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Caliber 4-Door HB R/T AWD 21 24 $19,943 $21,410
Caliber 4-Door HB R/T FWD 23 29 $18,032 $19,310
Caliber 4-Door HB SE FWD 24 29 $14,078 $14,965
Caliber 4-Door HB SRT4 FWD 19 27 $21,709 $23,350
Caliber 4-Door HB SXT FWD 24 29 $16,371 $17,485
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,346
$19,943
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,430
$21,410
Monthly Payment Estimate
$307 / month
$357 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
7.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible gets the axe midway through 2008, so if you want one, act quickly, but the wagon is here if you need flexible utility with retro flair. 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
21 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Mid-size
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
42.0 53.4
Front Leg Room (in)
40.6 41.8
Front Hip Room (in)
49.6 52.2
Second Leg Room (in)
40.9 35.7
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 39.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
84.3 95.2
Second Hip Room (in)
41.1 49.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.8 54.2
Second Head Room (in)
36.5 38.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
60.6 60.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.2 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
103.0 103.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.1 68.8
Track Width, Front (in)
58.3 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.8 8.1
Length, Overall (in)
168.9 173.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- TBD - -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 48.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 18.5
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.3 x 1.4
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 x 0.9 11.5 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
NA 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.0 13.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.7 37.2
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Performance
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.76
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.1 16.6
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
TP1 TT1
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC TBC
Rear Tire Size
P205/55R16 P215/55R18
Rear Tire Order Code
TP1 TT1
Front Tire Size
P205/55R16 P215/55R18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3303 3312
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.0 18 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.0 18 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.2
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
510 525
Engine
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
165 @ 4000 165 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
EDZ ED3
Displacement
2.4L/148 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
150 @ 5200 172 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 21
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD CVT
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 2.35 - 0.39
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Trans Type
5 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.21 1.76
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.57 NA
Trans Order Code
DFF DAV
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 3.91
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Convertible Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Chrysler PT Cruiser Dodge Caliber
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs 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.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Twist beam Independent

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