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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan SE *Ltd Avail*
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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
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LX
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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
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TCC Rating
7.0
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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
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-size Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 43.7
Front Hip Room (in) 53.2 54.5
Passenger Volume (ft³) 100.5 104.2
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 13.4 14.8
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.9 16.4
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.3 2.86
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
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code TBC NA
Rear Tire Size P215/65R16 P205/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code TPX NA
Front Tire Size P215/65R16 P205/60R16
Spare Tire Size Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code TPX NA
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
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.2 7.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 120 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 525 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 166 @ 4400 164 @ 4250
Engine Order Code ED3 NA
Displacement 2.4L/144 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 173 @ 6000 162 @ 5800
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System SMPI - TBD -
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 20 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 21
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Vehicle Name Dodge Avenger Kia Optima
Body Style 4dr Sdn 4dr Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) multi-link Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 -
 
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