2007 Dodge Caliber vs. 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK

To start off, 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK is newer by 1 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2007 Dodge Caliber. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2007 Dodge Caliber would be higher. At 3,498 cc (6 cylinders), 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK (268 HP @ 6000 RPM) has 120 more horse power than 2007 Dodge Caliber. (148 HP @ 6500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK should accelerate faster than 2007 Dodge Caliber. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK weights approximately 220 kg more than 2007 Dodge Caliber. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2007 Dodge Caliber, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK (350 Nm @ 2400 RPM) has 180 more torque (in Nm) than 2007 Dodge Caliber. (170 Nm @ 5200 RPM). This means 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2007 Dodge Caliber. 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK has automatic transmission and 2007 Dodge Caliber has manual transmission. 2007 Dodge Caliber will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2007 Dodge Caliber 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK
Make Dodge Mercedes-Benz
Model Caliber CLK
Year Released 2007 2008
Body Type Hatchback Coupe
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1798 cc 3498 cc
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 148 HP 268 HP
Engine RPM 6500 RPM 6000 RPM
Torque 170 Nm 350 Nm
Torque RPM 5200 RPM 2400 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 10.5:1 10.0:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Top Speed 184 km/hour 245 km/hour
Acceleration 0-100mph 11.9 seconds 6.2 seconds
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1385 kg 1605 kg
Vehicle Length 4420 mm 4640 mm
Vehicle Width 1750 mm 1420 mm
Vehicle Height 1540 mm 1750 mm
Wheelbase Size 2640 mm 2720 mm
Fuel Consumption Overall 7.3 L/100km 9.6 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 51 L 62 L


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