Compare 2008 Dodge Caliber vs 2009 Ford Focus

2008 Dodge Caliber
2009 Ford Focus
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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
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2-Door Coupe SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Focus 2-Door Coupe SE 24 35 $15,219 $16,400
Focus 2-Door Coupe SES 24 35 $16,552 $17,865
Focus 4-Door Sedan S 24 35 $14,574 $15,520
Focus 4-Door Sedan SE 24 35 $15,219 $16,400
Focus 4-Door Sedan SEL 24 35 $16,916 $18,265
Focus 4-Door Sedan SES 24 35 $16,552 $17,865
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,943
$15,219
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,410
$16,400
Monthly Payment Estimate
$357 / month
$273 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
7.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. The 2009 Ford Focus is a solid choice if you're looking for a roomy car that rides well, with a base price that starts around $15,000.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-size Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
35.7 36.1
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 39.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95.2 93.3
Second Hip Room (in)
49.6 48.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.2 53.5
Second Head Room (in)
38.9 38.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 53.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 41.7
Front Hip Room (in)
52.2 50.4
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
27.6 29.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.8 67.9
Track Width, Front (in)
59.8 58.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.1 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
173.8 175.0
Height, Overall (in)
60.4 58.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 58.1
Wheelbase (in)
103.7 102.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
48.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
18.5 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 13.8
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.5 x 1.0 10.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x 1.4 - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.5 13.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6 15.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.2 34.2
Steering Type
Performance Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.76 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R18 P205/50R16
Rear Tire Order Code
TT1 - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P215/55R18 P205/50R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
TT1 - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3312 2588
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.0 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.0 16 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.2 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 110
Engine
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
172 @ 6000 140 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
165 @ 4400 136 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
ED3 99N
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 35
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 28
Transmission
Trans Type
1 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.77
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.76 3.73
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.14
Trans Order Code
DAV - TBD -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 3.82
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
CVT Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.35 - 0.39 3.42
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.45
Summary
Vehicle Name
Dodge Caliber Ford Focus
Body Style
Hatchback 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer bars
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Independent SLA
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 8

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