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2008 Dodge Avenger vs. Its Competition

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2008 Dodge Avenger SE
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Comparing the Avenger's base four-cylinder model to others in its class, it lags far behind much of the competition because of its coarse, ever-present sound and lack of refinement.

In comparison, the new Malibu's four-cylinder is refined and quiet, as is the Altima's.

The Sonata and Optima offer a more comfortable, quiet ride and nice interiors that feel better, even if they aren't as exciting to look at as the Avenger's.

And the Fusion feels especially sporty and nimble compared to the 2008 Dodge Avenger; its interior has a basic design, but the materials are better.

Roominess is one area where the Avenger does pretty well; its backseat feels capacious and has enough headroom for adults, while the backseats in several of these vehicles--especially the Altima--can be tight.

At the six-cylinder level, the Avenger R/T brings a lot of features and a sporty feel for about the same money as more sedately equipped V-6 rival models.

It's perhaps the best value in the lineup, but even here, its inferior-feeling interior, lack of ride refinement, and perceived quality are grounds for dismissal.

2008 Dodge Avenger SE2008 Dodge Avenger2009 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid2009 Chevrolet Malibu2009 Ford Fusion2009 Ford Fusion2009 Hyundai Sonata2009 Hyundai Sonata2008 Kia Optima 4-door Sedan I4 Auto LX Front Exterior View2008 Kia Optima2008 Nissan Altima 2-door Coupe I4 Man S Front Exterior View2008 Nissan Altima
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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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The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way.
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The 2009 Ford Fusion is a great choice for those who place their priorities on style and handling, but if interior space matters to you, look elsewhere.
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TCC Rating still rates the Honda Accord as the family-sedan champion, but the 2009 Hyundai Sonata lands solidly in the upstart tier that includes the Mazda6, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu.
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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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The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
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Gas Mileage     
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Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
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Mid-sizeMidsizeMid-Size SedanLargeMidsizeMidsize
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4-Door Sedan SE FWD *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LX4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4dr Sdn4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4dr Sedan4 Door Sedan
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