Compare 2009 Kia Optima vs 2008 Dodge Avenger

2009 Kia Optima
2008 Dodge Avenger
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4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LX 22 32 $16,510 $17,495
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LX 22 32 $17,710 $18,950
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic EX 22 32 $19,255 $20,690
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SX 22 32 $19,665 $21,140
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic EX 20 28 $20,095 $21,695
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SX 20 28 $20,600 $22,145
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4-Door Sedan FWD SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD SE 21 30 $17,036 $18,345
4-Door Sedan FWD SXT 21 30 $17,846 $19,245
4-Door Sedan FWD R/T 16 26 $21,221 $22,995
4-Door Sedan AWD R/T 15 24 $23,021 $24,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,510
$17,036
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,495
$18,345
Monthly Payment Estimate
$292 / month
$306 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.4
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Kia Optima is a thoroughly competent, comfortable mid-size sedan that’s sorely lacking in personality and excitement—even with a modest spice-up for this year. The 2008 Dodge Avenger’s styling is refreshingly different in a same-as field of sedans, but otherwise it’s behind the curve.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Mid-size
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
43.7 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
54.5 53.2
Second Leg Room (in)
37.8 36.2
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 40.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
104.2 100.5
Second Hip Room (in)
54.7 53.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 56.4
Second Head Room (in)
38.0 38.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 56.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.1 61.8
Wheelbase (in)
107.1 108.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 30.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.1 72.8
Track Width, Front (in)
61.5 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.3 5.2
Length, Overall (in)
189.0 190.9
Height, Overall (in)
58.3 58.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.0 13.4
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.4 16.9
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.86 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.5 36.5
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA TBC
Rear Tire Size
P205/60R16 P215/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA TPX
Front Tire Size
P205/60R16 P215/65R16
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA TPX
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3157 3235
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.3 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 525
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
169 @ 4000 165 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA ED3
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
175 @ 6000 172 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPFI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 (Est) 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 (Est) 21
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.27 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.55 - TBD -
Trans Type
5 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.92 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.79 - TBD -
Trans Order Code
NA DFF
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.25 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.18 - TBD -
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic
Summary
Body Style
4dr Sedan 4dr Sdn
Vehicle Name
Kia Optima Dodge Avenger
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link multi-link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Independent

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