The 2008 Dodge Avenger replaces the old Dodge Stratus with a welcome exterior that echoes the Dodge Charger, though there's room for improvements inside.
On the exterior, the 2008 Dodge Avenger's family heritage is readily recognizable. Car and Driver has bestowed the somewhat belittling moniker "Chargerette" upon the Avenger in reference to its appearance as a scaled-down version of Dodge's modern-day muscle sedan. Similarly, Kelley Blue Book notes that "the Avenger's strong rear shoulders, squarish taillamps and sloping roofline are all grafted with varying exactness from the Dodge Charger large sedan." Generally, TheCarConnection.com found reviewers split between the Dodge Avenger's aggressive styling cues reminiscent of the Charger, and the rather mundane styling of the front half of the Avenger. On one hand, Cars.com says "the Avenger is one of the few distinctive designs in the saturated midsize sedan market." On the other hand, a trio of reviewers felt it wasn’t convincing at all. Road & Track damns with faint praise: "its styling falls in line with other Dodge models, meaning it has substance and character that won't wilt in the sun." Autoblog says its "rear quarter panel is an utter mess of shapes," and Car and Driver reports it "fails to be either menacing or inviting."
While the jury is still out on the exterior styling of the Dodge Avenger, its base interior is panned by reviewers. ConsumerGuide applauds the Dodge Avenger's gauges for being "clearly marked and easy to see," but they also note that this 2008 Dodge cabin "falls well short of most anything in its class." Cars.com points out "some hard and glossy plastics and copious amounts of faux metal." Despite these negative sentiments, Automobile considers the Dodge Avenger's interior appearance to be a major improvement over recent Chrysler mid-sized sedans, though that might say more about the previous sedans than it does about this 2008 Dodge.