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2009 Dodge Caliber

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  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    M
  • Roof strength
    A
  • Head restraints & seats
    M
2008 Dodge Caliber shown
2008 Dodge Caliber shown
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags (standard) and front seat-mounted torso airbags (optional)
2
Driver knee airbag: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
3
Electronic stability control (standard beginning with 2012 models, optional on 2007-11 models)
4
Antilock brakes (standard beginning with 2011 models, optional on 2007-10 models)
5
Daytime running lights (optional)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2012
G
M
A
G
2011
G
M
A
G
2010
G
M
A
G
2009
G
M
A
M
2008
G
M
A
M
2007
G
M
A
M

Applies to 2007-12 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Dodge Caliber was introduced in the 2007 model year as a replacement for the Dodge Neon.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2007 Dodge Caliber SE wagon
Weight 3,073 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags
Wheelbase104 in.
Length174 in.
Width69 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings26 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0605
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)2
Left (cm)8
Center (cm)10
Right (cm)9
Brake pedal (cm)7
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)0
Rearward (cm)5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0605
Head
HIC-15169
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm)11
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm)35
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.5
Femur force - right (kN)1.2
Knee displacement - left (mm)4
Knee displacement - right (mm)5
Maximum tibia index - left0.48
Maximum tibia index - right0.73
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left41
Right78

Applies to 2007-12 models

Overall evaluation
M
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
P
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Dodge Caliber was introduced in the 2007 model year as a replacement for the Dodge Neon.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would be likely in a crash of this severity. In addition, loading to the shoulder was excessive.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2007 Dodge Caliber SE wagon
Weight 3,078 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags
Wheelbase104 in.
Length174 in.
Width69 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings26 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0623
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-14.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0623
Head HIC-15612
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0
Compression (kN)0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)63
Lateral force (kN)5.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)51
Average deflection (mm)49
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)6.52
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)1.76
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.7
Acetabulum force (kN)2.7
Combined force (kN)4.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.8
L-M moment (Nm)155
A-P moment (Nm) 37

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0623
Head HIC-15244
Neck
Tension (kN)0.3
Compression (kN)0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)58
Lateral force (kN)2.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)30
Average deflection (mm)25
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.97
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.34
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.7
Acetabulum force (kN)2.8
Combined force (kN)3.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.3
L-M moment (Nm)42
A-P moment (Nm) 14

Applies to 2007-12 models

Overall evaluation
A
Curb weight3,088 lbs
Peak force10,982 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio3.56
Tested vehicle
2011 Dodge Caliber Mainstreet wagon
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2007-09 models

Overall evaluation
M
Dynamic rating
M
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual cloth seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)55
Distance below top of head (mm)52
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)13.8
Head contact time (ms)83
Force ratingModerate
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)222
Max neck tension (N)686

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