Compare 2009 Dodge Caliber vs 2008 Nissan Versa

2009 Dodge Caliber
2008 Nissan Versa
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4-Door HB SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB SE 24 30 $15,498 $16,460
4-Door HB SXT 24 30 $16,777 $17,850
4-Door HB R/T 23 29 $19,026 $20,295
4-Door HB SRT4 19 27 $23,208 $24,840
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4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 1.8 S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 1.8 S 26 31 $12,434 $12,880
5-Door HB I4 Manual 1.8 S 26 31 $12,529 $12,980
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic 1.8 S 24 32 $13,203 $13,680
5-Door HB I4 Automatic 1.8 S 24 32 $13,298 $13,780
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 1.8 SL 26 31 $14,365 $14,890
5-Door HB I4 Manual 1.8 SL 26 31 $14,452 $14,980
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 1.8 SL 27 33 $15,087 $15,640
5-Door HB I4 CVT 1.8 SL 27 33 $15,414 $15,980
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,498
$12,434
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,460
$12,880
Monthly Payment Estimate
$274 / month
$215 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
7.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The Caliber has a very practical layout and truly 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 Versa isn’t particularly sporty, fashionable, or innovative, but it offers an astonishing amount of space, comfort, and features for the money.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-size Compact
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
38.9 37.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 50.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 41.4
Front Hip Room (in)
52.2 48.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95.2 94.3
Second Leg Room (in)
35.7 38.0
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 40.6
Second Hip Room (in)
49.6 47.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.2 53.5
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.7 6.3
Length, Overall (in)
173.8 176.0
Height, Overall (in)
60.4 60.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 58.5
Wheelbase (in)
103.7 102.4
Liftover Height (in)
27.6 27.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.8 66.7
Track Width, Front (in)
59.8 58.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
18.5 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
48.0 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 13.8
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
9.0 x 1.38 9.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x 1.0 11.02 x 0.95
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.6 13.2
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6 18.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.5 34.2
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.88 3.25
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P205/70R15 P185/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact T125/70D15
Front Tire Order Code
TPB NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/70R15 P185/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
TPB NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2847 2671
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x 5.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.2 7.2
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 650
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas 4-cyl
Fuel System
SMPI NDIS
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
125 @ 5200 127 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
EBA NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500 122 @ 5200
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 26
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.69
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.16 2.11
Trans Order Code
DD7 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.12 3.93
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 1.17
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.81
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.77 3.73
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.45
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Dodge Caliber Nissan Versa
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.87
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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