Compare 2008 Suzuki Forenza vs 2008 Dodge Caliber

2008 Suzuki Forenza
2008 Dodge Caliber
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4-Door Sedan Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual 19 28 $13,909 $14,489
4-Door Sedan Manual Convenience Pkg 19 28 $14,389 $14,989
4-Door Wagon Manual 20 27 $14,773 $15,389
4-Door Sedan Manual Convenience Pkg w/ABS 19 27 $14,869 $15,489
4-Door Sedan Automatic 20 28 $14,965 $15,589
4-Door Wagon Manual Convenience Pkg 20 27 $15,253 $15,889
4-Door Sedan Automatic Convenience Pkg 20 28 $15,445 $16,089
4-Door Wagon Manual Convenience Pkg w/ABS 20 28 $15,733 $16,389
4-Door Wagon Automatic 20 27 $15,829 $16,489
4-Door Sedan Automatic Convenience Pkg w/ABS 20 28 $15,925 $16,589
4-Door Sedan Automatic Popular Pkg 20 28 $16,117 $16,789
4-Door Wagon Automatic Convenience Pkg 20 27 $16,309 $16,989
4-Door Wagon Automatic Convenience Pkg w/ABS 20 28 $16,789 $17,489
4-Door Wagon Automatic Popular Pkg 20 28 $16,981 $17,689
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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
$13,909
$14,078
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,489
$14,965
Monthly Payment Estimate
$241 / month
$249 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
5.4
7.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Suzuki Forenza still offers a lot of features for the money, but its older design lags in performance, refinement, and safety. 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
19 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Mid-size
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
52.7 52.2
Second Leg Room (in)
36.7 35.7
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 39.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95.1 95.2
Second Hip Room (in)
53.9 49.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 54.2
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 38.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.7 53.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 41.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.3 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
102.4 103.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 68.8
Track Width, Front (in)
58.3 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 7.7
Length, Overall (in)
177.2 173.8
Height, Overall (in)
56.9 60.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.4 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 48.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 18.5
Brakes
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)
- TBD - 10.8 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 13.6
Steering
Steering Type
Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.88
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 16.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.1 35.5
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA TBC
Rear Tire Size
P195/55R15 P205/70R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA TPB
Front Tire Size
P195/55R15 P205/70R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA TPB
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2756 2879
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 7.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 525
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 120
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
131 @ 4000 125 @ 5200
Engine Order Code
NA EBA
Displacement
2.0L/122 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
127 @ 5600 148 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
NA SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 24
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.55 3.77
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.48 1.41
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.89 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.33 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.16 2.16
Trans Order Code
NA DD7
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.55 4.12
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.12 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Summary
Vehicle Name
Suzuki Forenza Dodge Caliber
Body Style
4dr Sedan Hatchback
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Dual-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA

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