Compare 2008 Dodge Avenger vs 2008 Kia Optima

2008 Dodge Avenger
2008 Kia Optima
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4-Door Sedan R/T AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Avenger 4-Door Sedan R/T AWD 15 24 $23,021 $24,995
Avenger 4-Door Sedan R/T FWD 16 26 $21,221 $22,995
Avenger 4-Door Sedan SE FWD 21 30 $17,036 $18,345
Avenger 4-Door Sedan SXT FWD 21 30 $17,846 $19,245
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4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic EX 21 31 $18,510 $19,895
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LX 21 31 $16,960 $18,150
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LX 21 31 $15,810 $16,755
Optima 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic EX 20 28 $19,350 $20,900
Optima 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic LX 20 28 $18,460 $19,845

Pricing

Invoice Price

$23,021
$18,510

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$24,995
$19,895

Monthly Payment Estimate

$417 / month
$332 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.2
6.4

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2008 Dodge Avenger’s styling is refreshingly different in a same-as field of sedans, but otherwise it’s behind the curve. 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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Fuel Economy

City

15 mpg 21 mpg

Highway

24 mpg 31 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Mid-size Midsize

Interior Dimensions

Second Leg Room (in)

36.2 37.8

Front Head Room (in)

40.0 39.8

Passenger Volume (ft³)

100.5 104.2

Second Hip Room (in)

53.2 54.7

Front Shoulder Room (in)

56.4 57.1

Second Head Room (in)

38.3 38.0

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Second Shoulder Room (in)

56.3 56.3

Front Leg Room (in)

42.4 43.7

Front Hip Room (in)

53.2 54.5

Exterior Dimensions

Liftover Height (in)

30.7 - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

72.8 71.1

Track Width, Front (in)

61.8 61.5

Min Ground Clearance (in)

5.2 6.3

Length, Overall (in)

190.9 186.4

Height, Overall (in)

58.9 58.3

Track Width, Rear (in)

61.8 61.1

Wheelbase (in)

108.9 107.1

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

13.4 14.8

Brakes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

- TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel NA

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

- TBD - 10.3 x - TBD -

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

16.9 16.4

Steering

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD -

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

- TBD - - TBD -

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

36.5 35.5

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - 2.86

Tires

Rear Tire Size

P215/55R18 P205/60R16

Rear Tire Order Code

TQL NA

Front Tire Size

P215/55R18 P205/60R16

Spare Tire Size

Compact - TBD -

Front Tire Order Code

TQL NA

Spare Tire Order Code

TBC NA

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

200 - TBD -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

200 NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

2000 - TBD -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

2000 NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3605 3179

Wheels

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Alloy

Spare Wheel Material

Steel - TBD -

Front Wheel Size (in)

18 x 7.0 16 x 6.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact - TBD -

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Alloy

Rear Wheel Size (in)

18 x 7.0 16 x 6.5

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - 7.3

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

525 - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

140 - TBD -

Engine

Displacement

3.5L/214 2.4L/144

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

235 @ 6400 162 @ 5800

Engine Type

HO Gas V6 Gas I4

Fuel System

SMPI - TBD -

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

232 @ 4000 164 @ 4250

Engine Order Code

EGF NA

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

15 21

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

24 31

Transmission

Trans Type

6 5

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 0.73

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA Sportmatic shifter

Drivetrain

All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Reverse Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 3.81

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 2.06

Trans Order Code

DG2 NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.43 3.31

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 1.03

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - NA

First Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 3.79

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 1.42

Summary

Vehicle Name

Dodge Avenger Kia Optima

Body Style

4dr Sdn 4dr Sedan

Suspension

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA MacPherson Strut

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Rear

Independent Independent

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

multi-link Multi-Link

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson Independent

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