Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2010 Dodge Caliber VS 2010 Chevrolet HHR Near Phoenix, AZ

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2010 Dodge Caliber

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2010 Chevrolet HHR

Safety Comparison

The Caliber has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The HHR doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Caliber and the HHR have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, available front seat side-impact airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The Caliber’s bumpers sustained $2095 less damage than the HHR in four IIHS ( Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) bumper tests.

Reliability Comparison

The Caliber’s reliability is better than the HHR’s. In Consumer Reports, the Caliber’s reliability is 31% better.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Dodge Caliber uses regular unleaded gasoline. The HHR with the 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 25 to 50 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Caliber SXT/RT offers an optional brake assist system with its available antilock brakes to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The HHR doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The Caliber with optional antilock brakes stops shorter than the HHR with antilock brakes:



60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

157 feet

159 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Dodge Caliber has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet HHR has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Caliber is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than on the HHR.

The Caliber R/T goes through Motor Trend’s slalom 2.4 MPH faster than the HHR LT (63.2 vs. 60.8 MPH).

For better maneuverability, the Caliber’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the HHR w/16” wheels’ (35.6 feet vs. 36 feet). The Caliber AWD’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the HHR SS’ (37.2 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Dodge Caliber may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 250 pounds less than the Chevrolet HHR.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Caliber has .2 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front legroom, 2.1 inches more front hip room, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the HHR.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Caliber SXT/RT’s rear seats recline. The HHR’s rear seats don’t recline.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Caliber’s available power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The HHR’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

The Caliber R/T’s optional automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The HHR doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

The Caliber’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The HHR’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

The Caliber SXT/RT has a 115 volt a/c outlet in the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The HHR doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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