Compare 2009 Subaru Impreza vs 2008 Dodge Caliber

2009 Subaru Impreza
2008 Dodge Caliber
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4-Door Manual i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual i 20 27 $16,734 $17,495
5-Door Manual i 20 27 $17,198 $17,995
4-Door Automatic i 20 26 $17,651 $18,495
5-Door Automatic i 20 26 $18,115 $18,995
4-Door Manual i w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $18,584 $19,495
5-Door Manual i w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $19,049 $19,995
5-Door Manual Outback Sport 20 27 $19,028 $19,995
4-Door Automatic i w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $19,501 $20,495
5-Door Automatic i w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $19,966 $20,995
5-Door Automatic Outback Sport 20 26 $19,945 $20,995
4-Door Automatic i w/Sat/Nav 20 26 $21,349 $22,495
5-Door Automatic i w/Sat/Nav 20 26 $21,816 $22,995
4-Door Automatic GT 19 24 $25,510 $26,995
5-Door Automatic GT 19 24 $25,978 $27,495
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4-Door HB FWD SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB FWD SE 24 29 $14,078 $14,965
4-Door HB FWD SXT 24 29 $16,371 $17,485
4-Door HB FWD R/T 23 29 $18,032 $19,310
4-Door HB AWD R/T 21 24 $19,943 $21,410
4-Door HB FWD SRT4 19 27 $21,709 $23,350
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,734
$14,078
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,495
$14,965
Monthly Payment Estimate
$292 / month
$249 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
7.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-Compact Mid-size
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
42.9 41.8
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 52.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
87.6 95.2
Second Leg Room (in)
33.0 35.7
Front Head Room (in)
38.6 39.8
Second Hip Room (in)
51.9 49.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
52.7 54.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
36.7 38.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.9 53.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.1 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
103.1 103.7
Liftover Height (in)
27.4 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.5 68.8
Track Width, Front (in)
58.5 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.3 7.7
Length, Overall (in)
180.3 173.8
Height, Overall (in)
58.1 60.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 48.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 18.5
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x 0.39 NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 9.0 x 1.38
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x 0.94 10.8 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Channel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 13.6
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.88
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.5 16.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 35.5
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA TBC
Rear Tire Size
P205/55R16 P205/70R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA TPB
Front Tire Size
P205/55R16 P205/70R15
Spare Tire Size
T125/70D17 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA TPB
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3053 2879
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.4 7.2
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
356 525
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
170 @ 4400 125 @ 5200
Engine Order Code
NA EBA
Displacement
2.5L/150 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 6000 148 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas Flat 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System
MFI SMPI
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 24
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.45 3.77
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.41
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 0.81
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.33 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.06 2.16
Trans Order Code
NA DD7
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.90 4.12
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.09 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Summary
Vehicle Name
Subaru Impreza Sedan Dodge Caliber
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Hatchback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Upper A-Arm NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Lower L-Arm NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Double wishbone Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 -

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