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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Express
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Mainstreet 20 31 $20,527 $21,340
4-Door Sedan Express 21 30 $18,985 $19,245
4-Door Sedan Lux 20 31 $22,740 $23,745
4-Door Sedan Heat 19 29 $20,527 $21,340
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX 24 35 $18,800 $19,200
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic LX 24 34 $19,780 $20,700
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX 24 34 $21,210 $22,700
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX 22 34 $23,080 $24,700
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SX 22 34 $24,480 $26,200
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX Hybrid 34 39 $24,760 $26,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,985
$18,800
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,245
$19,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$321 / month
$320 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line A new V-6 and interior refresh makes the 2011 Dodge Avenger more intriguing, but in execution this mid-sizer still leaves a lot to be desired. Kia simply gets it; basic doesn't have to be boring, and the 2011 Kia Optima shows that mid-size sedan shoppers don't have to settle to design boredom or a lack of features.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 38.3 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 55.7
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 45.5
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 53.2 54.7
Second Leg Room (in) 36.2 34.7
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 40.0
Second Hip Room (in) 53.2 54.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.4 57.2
Passenger Volume (ft³) 100.5 102.2
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.2 5.3
Length, Overall (in) 190.9 190.7
Height, Overall (in) 58.9 57.3
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.8 63.0
Wheelbase (in) 108.9 110.0
Liftover Height (in) 30.7 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.8 72.1
Track Width, Front (in) 61.8 63.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 13.4 15.4
Brakes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.3 x 0.4 11.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.5 x 1.0 11.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.9 18.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.6 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.5 35.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.3 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P225/55R17 P205/60R16
Spare Tire Size Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code TR1 NA
Spare Tire Order Code TBC NA
Rear Tire Size P225/55R17 P205/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code TR1 NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3243 3206
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.2 3.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 525 600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 110
Engine
Displacement 2.4L/144 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 173 @ 6000 200 @ 6300
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 166 @ 4400 186 @ 4250
Engine Order Code ED3 NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 24 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 35
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.69
Trans Type 4 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.02
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.21 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.57 1.93
Trans Order Code DFF NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.91 4.33-3.25
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.69 1.27
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.84 3.26
Summary
Vehicle Name Dodge Avenger Kia Optima
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.8 6.5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger -
Overall Side Crash Rating -
Side Barrier Rating -
Side Barrier Rating Driver -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat -
Rollover Rating
 
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