Compare 2012 Dodge Caliber vs 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2012 Volkswagen Golf

2012 Dodge Caliber
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4-Door HB SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Caliber 4-Door HB SE 24 32 $16,944 $17,380
Caliber 4-Door HB SXT 23 27 $18,232 $18,765
Caliber 4-Door HB SXT Plus 24 32 $18,199 $18,730
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4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 28 40 $21,568 $22,550
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 24 33 $16,443 $17,555
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 24 33 $17,749 $18,950
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $21,603 $23,070
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 29 $20,134 $21,500
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 25 33 $14,771 $15,200
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 25 33 $15,648 $16,705
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 25 33 $16,952 $18,100
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $20,854 $22,270
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 20 28 $19,385 $20,700
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 28 39 $22,141 $23,150
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 28 39 $19,274 $20,150
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $22,071 $23,570
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 29 $20,600 $22,000
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Touring 18 25 $22,191 $23,700
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual i Touring 27 38 $18,462 $19,300
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $21,322 $22,770
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Touring 20 28 $19,852 $21,200
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2-Door HB DSG
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
GTI 2-Door HB DSG 24 33 $24,091 $25,095
GTI 2-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn 24 33 $29,851 $31,095
GTI 2-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn PZEV 24 33 $29,851 $31,095
GTI 2-Door HB DSG PZEV 24 33 $24,091 $25,095
GTI 2-Door HB DSG w/Conv & Sunroof 24 33 $26,281 $27,375
GTI 2-Door HB DSG w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 24 33 $26,281 $27,375
GTI 2-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi 24 33 $27,787 $28,945
GTI 2-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 24 33 $27,787 $28,945
GTI 2-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn 21 31 $28,795 $29,995
GTI 2-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn PZEV 21 31 $28,795 $29,995
GTI 2-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi 21 31 $26,731 $27,845
GTI 2-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 21 31 $26,731 $27,845
GTI 4-Door HB DSG 24 33 $24,667 $25,695
GTI 4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn 24 33 $30,427 $31,695
GTI 4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn PZEV 24 33 $30,427 $31,695
GTI 4-Door HB DSG PZEV 24 33 $24,667 $25,695
GTI 4-Door HB DSG w/Conv & Sunroof 24 33 $26,857 $27,975
GTI 4-Door HB DSG w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 24 33 $26,857 $27,975
GTI 4-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi 24 33 $28,363 $29,545
GTI 4-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 24 33 $28,363 $29,545
GTI 4-Door HB Manual 21 31 $23,611 $24,595
GTI 4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn 21 31 $29,371 $30,595
GTI 4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn PZEV 21 31 $29,371 $30,595
GTI 4-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $23,611 $24,595
GTI 4-Door HB Manual w/Conv & Sunroof 21 31 $25,801 $26,875
GTI 4-Door HB Manual w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 21 31 $25,801 $26,875
GTI 4-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi 21 31 $27,307 $28,445
GTI 4-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 21 31 $27,307 $28,445
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic 24 31 $18,331 $19,095
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $18,331 $19,095
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic w/Conv 24 31 $19,142 $19,940
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic w/Conv & Sunroof 24 31 $20,885 $21,755
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 24 31 $20,885 $21,755
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic w/Conv PZEV 24 31 $19,142 $19,940
Golf 2-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $24,322 $25,335
Golf 2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,973 $27,055
Golf 2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,590 $28,740
Golf 2-Door HB Manual 23 33 $17,275 $17,995
Golf 2-Door HB Manual PZEV 23 33 $17,275 $17,995
Golf 2-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $23,266 $24,235
Golf 2-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $24,917 $25,955
Golf 2-Door HB Manual TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $26,534 $27,640
Golf 2-Door HB Manual w/Conv 23 33 $18,086 $18,840
Golf 2-Door HB Manual w/Conv & Sunroof 23 33 $19,829 $20,655
Golf 2-Door HB Manual w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 23 33 $19,829 $20,655
Golf 2-Door HB Manual w/Conv PZEV 23 33 $18,086 $18,840
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic 24 31 $19,003 $19,795
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $19,003 $19,795
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic w/Conv 24 31 $19,814 $20,640
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic w/Conv & Sunroof 24 31 $21,557 $22,455
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 24 31 $21,557 $22,455
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic w/Conv PZEV 24 31 $19,814 $20,640
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $24,993 $26,035
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $26,645 $27,755
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $28,262 $29,440
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $23,937 $24,935
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,589 $26,655
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,206 $28,340
Golf R 2-Door HB 19 27 $32,631 $33,990
Golf R 2-Door HB w/Sunroof & Navi 19 27 $34,071 $35,490
Golf R 4-Door HB 19 27 $33,207 $34,590
Golf R 4-Door HB w/Sunroof & Navi 19 27 $34,647 $36,090
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,944
$21,568
$24,091
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,380
$22,550
$25,095
Monthly Payment Estimate
$290 / month
$376 / month
$418 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.4
8.2
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Dodge Caliber offers a good deal in terms of space, versatility, and features for the money, but you might not find much else to like. With its new Skyactive powertrains, the 2012 Mazda3 is the eco-conscious choice that sure doesn't drive like one. The 2012 Volkswagen Golf feels like a premium vehicle, and it's priced like one too, especially its fuel-efficient TDI edition.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 28 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 40 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Station Wagon Compact Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
52.2 53.7 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.7 36.2 35.5
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 38.9 39.3
Second Hip Room (in)
49.6 52.2 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.4 54.9 54.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.2 94.1 93.5
Second Head Room (in)
38.9 37.5 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 54.0 53.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 42.0 41.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 59.8 59.7
Wheelbase (in)
103.7 103.9 101.5
Liftover Height (in)
27.7 - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.8 69.1 70.0
Track Width, Front (in)
59.8 60.4 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.7 4.7 5.0
Length, Overall (in)
173.8 180.9 165.8
Height, Overall (in)
60.4 57.9 57.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
47.4 - 46.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
18.4 - 15.3
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 11.8 -
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
9.0 x 0.9 NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.5 x 1.0 10.9 x - TBD - 12.3 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA NA
Brake ABS System
NA 4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.4 x - TBD - 11.3 x 0.5
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.6 14.5 14.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 2.94 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 35.8 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6 16.2 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- TBD - 34.2 35.8
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/70R15 P205/50VR17 225/40R18
Rear Tire Order Code
TPB NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/70R15 P205/50VR17 225/40R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact T125/70D16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
TPB NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2940 2950 3151
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 17 x 7.0 18 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 17 x 7.0 18 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16 x - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.2 7.9 8.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 100 120
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
141 @ 5000 148 @ 4100 207 @ 1800-5000
Engine Order Code
ECN NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/122 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
158 @ 6400 155 @ 6000 200 @ 5100-6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 33 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 40 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 28 24
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.16 2.02 2.15
Trans Order Code
DD7 NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.12 3.89 4.06/3.14
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.02 1.00 1.08
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.59 0.92
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.77 3.55 3.46
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.45 1.46
Trans Type
5 6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.72 0.70 1.09
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.41 - TBD - 3.98
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback 4 Door Sedan Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Dodge Caliber Mazda Mazda3 Volkswagen GTI
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 4.5 6.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 - 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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