2009 Dodge Caliber vs. Its Competition

2009 Dodge Caliber SE

If you're looking for an economical hatchback, the Nissan Versa and Kia Spectra5 should also be on the shopping list.

The Versa in particular is very roomy inside, yet costs a bit less—at least in terms of sticker price—than the Caliber.

The Spectra5 is more fun to drive than the Caliber, and either of these vehicles is more refined than the Dodge.

The Vibe and Matrix are mechanically identical to each other; between the two, we like the styling of the Vibe a bit more.

Most of this field fails to achieve top marks in safety across the board, though you might also consider the slightly smaller and more expensive Honda Fit; it's surprisingly roomy inside.

2009 Dodge Caliber SE2009 Dodge Caliber
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Quick Specs
7.0
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.
7.6
Can't make up your mind between coupe, sedan, or SUV? The versatile, economical, and safe 2009 Toyota Matrix might be the solution.
7.4
The 2008 Honda Fit is one of the smallest cars on the road, but it’s fun to drive, huge inside, and a tremendous value.
7.0
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.
MSRP From   
$16,460$16,290$13,950$12,880
Gas Mileage   
19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas 4-cyl
EPA Class   
Mid-sizeSmall Station WagonSmall Station WagonCompact
Style Name   
4-Door HB SE5-Door Wagon Manual FWD (SE)5-Door HB Manual4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 1.8 S
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
Hatchback5 Door Wagon5-Door Hatchback4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
ManualManualManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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