Compare 2008 Dodge Caliber vs 2009 Subaru Impreza

2008 Dodge Caliber
2009 Subaru Impreza
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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 Automatic GT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Automatic GT 19 24 $25,510 $26,995
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Automatic i 20 26 $17,651 $18,495
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Automatic i w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $19,501 $20,495
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Automatic i w/Sat/Nav 20 26 $21,349 $22,495
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Manual i 20 27 $16,734 $17,495
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Manual i w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $18,584 $19,495
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic GT 19 24 $25,978 $27,495
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic Outback Sport 20 26 $19,945 $20,995
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic i 20 26 $18,115 $18,995
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic i w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $19,966 $20,995
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic i w/Sat/Nav 20 26 $21,816 $22,995
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Manual Outback Sport 20 27 $19,028 $19,995
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Manual i 20 27 $17,198 $17,995
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Manual i w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $19,049 $19,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,943
$25,510
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,410
$26,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$357 / month
$450 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
7.2
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. Whether as a sedan or wagon (hatchback), the 2009 Subaru Impreza has a distinct personality—bringing good performance and safety—that sets it apart from other small cars.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-size Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
49.6 51.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.2 52.7
Second Head Room (in)
38.9 36.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 52.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 42.9
Front Hip Room (in)
52.2 53.3
Second Leg Room (in)
35.7 33.0
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 38.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95.2 87.6
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.1 6.3
Length, Overall (in)
173.8 180.3
Height, Overall (in)
60.4 58.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 58.1
Wheelbase (in)
103.7 103.1
Liftover Height (in)
27.6 27.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.8 68.5
Track Width, Front (in)
59.8 58.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
18.5 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
48.0 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 11.0
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Channel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x 1.4 10.3 x 0.39
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 10.8 x 0.94
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.5 16.9
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6 16.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.2 35.4
Steering Type
Performance Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.76 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
TT1 NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55R18 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact T125/70D17
Front Tire Order Code
TT1 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R18 P205/55R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3312 3053
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.2 7.4
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 356
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas Flat 4-Cyl Turbocharged
Fuel System
SMPI MFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
165 @ 4400 226 @ 2800
Engine Order Code
ED3 NA
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
172 @ 6000 224 @ 5200
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 21
Transmission
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.76 2.27
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.55
Trans Order Code
DAV NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 3.90
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.69
Trans Description Cont.
CVT Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.35 - 0.39 2.79
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
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Dodge Caliber Subaru Impreza Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Double wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Upper A-Arm
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 w/Lower L-Arm
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5

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