Compare 2009 Dodge Avenger vs 2008 Kia Optima

2009 Dodge Avenger
2008 Kia Optima
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4-Door Sedan SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan SE 21 30 $18,994 $20,515
4-Door Sedan SXT 21 30 $19,880 $21,500
4-Door Sedan R/T 16 27 $23,404 $25,415
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4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LX 21 31 $15,810 $16,755
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LX 21 31 $16,960 $18,150
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic LX 20 28 $18,460 $19,845
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic EX 21 31 $18,510 $19,895
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic EX 20 28 $19,350 $20,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,994
$15,810
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,515
$16,755
Monthly Payment Estimate
$342 / month
$279 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
6.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
Styling and roominess are reasons to consider the 2009 Dodge Avenger, but otherwise it simply doesn’t stack up. The 2008 Kia Optima doesn't perform as well as other mid-size sedans, but its roomy package and generous features make it a strong practical choice.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-size Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2 37.8
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 39.8
Second Hip Room (in)
53.2 54.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.4 57.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 38.0
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 56.3
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 43.7
Front Hip Room (in)
53.2 54.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.5 104.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.8 61.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.2 6.3
Length, Overall (in)
190.9 186.4
Height, Overall (in)
58.9 58.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.8 61.1
Wheelbase (in)
108.9 107.1
Liftover Height (in)
30.7 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.8 71.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.4 14.8
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.5 x 1.0 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
9.0 x 1.4 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 16.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.5 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.5 35.5
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.3 2.86
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
TPX NA
Front Tire Size
P215/65R16 P205/60R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
TPX NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/65R16 P205/60R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3243 3142
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.2 7.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
173 @ 6000 162 @ 5800
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
166 @ 4400 164 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
ED3 NA
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.4L/144
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 31
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.21 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.57 1.79
Trans Order Code
DFF NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 3.25
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 1.18
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 3.27
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.55
Trans Type
4 5
Summary
Body Style
4dr Sdn 4dr Sedan
Vehicle Name
Dodge Avenger Kia Optima
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
multi-link Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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