Compare 2008 Dodge Caliber vs 2008 Mazda MAZDA3

2008 Dodge Caliber
2008 Mazda MAZDA3
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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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4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 23 31 $13,861 $14,795
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 23 31 $16,061 $17,155
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Value 23 31 $16,379 $17,495
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s GT 22 29 $19,502 $20,845
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,875 $21,245
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport 22 29 $17,209 $18,385
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 29 $18,132 $19,375
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 24 32 $13,022 $13,895
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 24 32 $15,222 $16,255
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring Value 24 32 $15,539 $16,595
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s GT 22 29 $18,617 $19,895
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $18,990 $20,295
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,322 $17,435
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,246 $18,425
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s GT 22 29 $19,502 $20,845
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,875 $21,245
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Sport 22 29 $17,666 $18,875
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 29 $18,132 $19,375
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 26 $22,590 $24,155
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 26 $20,991 $22,440
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s GT 22 29 $18,617 $19,895
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $18,990 $20,295
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,779 $17,925
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,246 $18,425
Mazda3 5-Door HB Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 26 $22,497 $24,055
Mazda3 5-Door HB Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 26 $20,898 $22,340
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,943
$13,861
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,410
$14,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$357 / month
$247 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
7.8
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 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-size Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 41.1
Front Hip Room (in)
52.2 53.8
Second Leg Room (in)
35.7 36.3
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 39.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95.2 94.3
Second Hip Room (in)
49.6 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.2 54.9
Second Head Room (in)
38.9 37.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 54.0
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
103.7 103.9
Liftover Height (in)
27.6 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.8 69.1
Track Width, Front (in)
59.8 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.1 4.8
Length, Overall (in)
173.8 177.4
Height, Overall (in)
60.4 57.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
48.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
18.5 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 11.5
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x 1.4 10.4 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.5 x 1.0 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.5 14.5
Steering
Steering Type
Performance Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.76 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6 14.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.2 34.1
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R18 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
TT1 NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55R18 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code
TT1 NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3312 2811
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.0 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.0 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.2 7.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
165 @ 4400 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
ED3 NA
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
172 @ 6000 148 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI MPFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 23
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.35 - 0.39 2.82
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
Trans Type
1 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.76 2.65
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.50
Trans Order Code
DAV NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 3.68
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.73
Trans Description Cont.
CVT Automatic w/OD
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Dodge Caliber Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent E-type Multi-link

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