Compare 2008 Dodge Caliber vs 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer

2008 Dodge Caliber
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer
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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 CVT DE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Lancer 4-Door Sedan CVT DE 22 28 $14,709 $15,440
Lancer 4-Door Sedan CVT ES 22 28 $16,805 $17,640
Lancer 4-Door Sedan CVT ES-Sport 22 28 $16,805 $17,640
Lancer 4-Door Sedan CVT GTS 21 27 $18,615 $19,540
Lancer 4-Door Sedan Manual DE 22 30 $13,852 $14,540
Lancer 4-Door Sedan Manual ES 22 30 $15,948 $16,740
Lancer 4-Door Sedan Manual ES-Sport 22 30 $15,948 $16,740
Lancer 4-Door Sedan Manual GTS 21 28 $17,663 $18,540
Lancer 4-Door Sedan TC-SST Ralliart N/A N/A $25,427 $26,690
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,943
$14,709
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,410
$15,440
Monthly Payment Estimate
$357 / month
$257 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
7.6
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 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart is essentially the daily-driving Evo, with every bit the racy look but not the jarring ride and peaky powertrain.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-size Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
52.2 53.3
Second Leg Room (in)
35.7 36.1
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 39.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95.2 93.5
Second Hip Room (in)
49.6 54.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.2 54.7
Second Head Room (in)
38.9 36.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 54.3
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 42.2
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
27.6 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.8 69.4
Track Width, Front (in)
59.8 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.1 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
173.8 180.0
Height, Overall (in)
60.4 58.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
103.7 103.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
48.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
18.5 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 12.3
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 8.0 x - TBD -
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 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 NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.5 15.3
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.76 3.16
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6 15.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.2 32.8
Steering Type
Performance Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R18 P205/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
TT1 NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55R18 P205/60R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
TT1 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3312 2999
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.0 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
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)
120 120
Engine
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
172 @ 6000 152 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
165 @ 4400 146 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
ED3 4B11
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 24
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Type
1 Variable
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.76 NA
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Order Code
DAV NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
CVT Continuously Variable
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.35 - 0.39 2.35 - 0.39
Summary
Vehicle Name
Dodge Caliber Mitsubishi Lancer
Body Style
Hatchback 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.79
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7

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