Compare 2008 Dodge Caliber vs 2008 Nissan Sentra

2008 Dodge Caliber
2008 Nissan Sentra
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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 I4 CVT 2.0
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 25 33 $15,483 $16,140
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 S 25 33 $16,018 $17,170
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SL 25 33 $17,786 $19,070
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT SE-R 24 30 $18,716 $20,070
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0 S 24 31 $15,275 $16,370
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE-R Spec V 21 33 $19,181 $20,570
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,943
$15,483
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,410
$16,140
Monthly Payment Estimate
$357 / month
$269 / 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 Nissan Sentra is worth a drive, but its CVT may turn off some buyers.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-size Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
35.7 34.5
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 40.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95.2 97.4
Second Hip Room (in)
49.6 53.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.2 56.9
Second Head Room (in)
38.9 37.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
52.2 54.1
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
27.6 28.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.8 70.5
Track Width, Front (in)
59.8 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.1 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
173.8 179.8
Height, Overall (in)
60.4 59.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
103.7 105.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
48.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
18.5 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 13.1
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.5 x 1.0 11.02 x 0.94
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 Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 9.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.5 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.2 35.4
Steering Type
Performance Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.76 2.9
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R18 P205/60HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
TT1 NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55R18 P205/60HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact T125/70D16
Front Tire Order Code
TT1 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3312 2925
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.0 15 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.0 15 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.2 7.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 110
Engine
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
172 @ 6000 140 @ 5100
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
165 @ 4400 147 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
ED3 NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 33
Transmission
Trans Type
1 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.76 1.75
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Order Code
DAV NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 5.41
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
CVT CVT
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.35 - 0.39 2.35 - 0.39
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Dodge Caliber Nissan Sentra
Body Style
Hatchback 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.9
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent Strut

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