Compare 2008 Dodge Caliber vs 2009 Nissan Sentra

2008 Dodge Caliber
2009 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 24 30 $16,047 $16,730
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 FE+ 26 34 $16,047 $16,730
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 S 24 30 $16,567 $17,760
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 S FE+ 26 34 $16,567 $17,760
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SL 24 30 $18,334 $19,660
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SL FE+ 26 34 $18,334 $19,660
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SR FE+ 26 34 $16,567 $17,760
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT SE-R 24 30 $19,265 $20,660
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0 24 31 $14,727 $15,350
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0 S 24 31 $15,823 $16,960
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE-R Spec V 21 29 $19,729 $21,160
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,943
$16,047
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,410
$16,730
Monthly Payment Estimate
$357 / month
$279 / 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 Nissan Sentra is a worthy contender in the compact segment, but the CVT transmission may turn off some buyers.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-size Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
52.2 54.1
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
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
60.4 59.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
103.7 105.7
Liftover Height (in)
27.6 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.8 70.5
Track Width, Front (in)
59.8 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.1 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
173.8 179.8
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
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
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
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 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.2 35.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
TT1 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R18 P205/60R15
Rear Tire Order Code
TT1 NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55R18 P205/60R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3312 2930
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.0 15 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.0 15 x 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.2 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 100
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 650
Engine
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
165 @ 4400 147 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
ED3 MR20DE
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
172 @ 6000 140 @ 5100
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 24
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.35 - 0.39 2.56 - 0.43
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
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 5.47
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Order Code
DAV NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 2.69
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
CVT CVT
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Dodge Caliber Nissan Sentra
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent Strut
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 8

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