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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan SE V6
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan SE 21 30 $18,740 $18,995
4-Door Sedan SXT 20 31 $20,660 $21,495
4-Door Sedan SXT Plus 19 29 $22,960 $23,995
4-Door Sedan Lux 19 29 $24,681 $25,865
4-Door Sedan R/T 19 29 $24,800 $25,995
4-Door Sedan SE V6 21 30 $18,740 $18,995
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 $19,095 $19,500
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic LX 24 35 $20,065 $21,000
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX 24 35 $21,675 $23,200
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX 22 34 $23,455 $25,100
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SX 22 34 $24,760 $26,500
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Hybrid 34 39 $24,115 $25,800
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,740
$19,095
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,995
$19,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$317 / month
$325 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line With a better interior and a better V-6, the 2012 Dodge Avenger has grown more interesting--but it execution, it still leaves a lot to be desired. The basics don't have to be boring: the 2012 Kia Optima evades design and driving boredom with suave looks, good performance and great gas mileage and 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 Shoulder Room (in) 56.0 55.7
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 45.5
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 52.6 54.7
Second Leg Room (in) 36.2 34.7
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 40.0
Second Hip Room (in) 52.8 54.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 57.2
Passenger Volume (ft³) 100.2 102.2
Second Head Room (in) 38.3 37.6
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 58.4 57.3
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.7 63.0
Wheelbase (in) 108.9 110.0
Liftover Height (in) 30.5 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.8 72.1
Track Width, Front (in) 61.7 63.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.2 5.3
Length, Overall (in) 192.6 190.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 13.5 15.4
Brakes
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
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.9 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.7 35.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.9 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.7 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Size Compact NA
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
Front Tire Size P225/55R17 P205/60R16
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3400 3206
Wheels
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 NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact NA
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
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 283 @ 6400 200 @ 6300
Engine Type Gas/Ethanol V6 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 260 @ 4400 186 @ 4250
Engine Order Code ERB NA
Displacement 3.6L/220 2.4L/144
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
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.02
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.21 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.84 1.93
Trans Order Code DG2 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.16 4.33-3.25
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.45 1.27
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/manual shift Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.69 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.12 3.26
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 2.28 1.69
Trans Type 6 6
Summary
Body Style Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name Dodge Avenger Kia Optima
Suspension
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 -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.6 6.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 7
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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