Compare 2008 Dodge Avenger vs 2009 Kia Optima

2008 Dodge Avenger
2009 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 22 32 $19,255 $20,690
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LX 22 32 $17,710 $18,950
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SX 22 32 $19,665 $21,140
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LX 22 32 $16,510 $17,495
Optima 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic EX 20 28 $20,095 $21,695
Optima 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SX 20 28 $20,600 $22,145
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,021
$19,255
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,995
$20,690
Monthly Payment Estimate
$417 / month
$345 / 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 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-size Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 56.3
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 43.7
Front Hip Room (in)
53.2 54.5
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
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.9 58.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.8 61.1
Wheelbase (in)
108.9 107.1
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)
190.9 189.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.4 15.0
Brakes
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
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 16.4
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.86
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.5 35.5
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
TQL NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R18 P205/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
TQL NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55R18 P205/60R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3605 3197
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 600
Engine
Fuel System
SMPI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
232 @ 4000 169 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
EGF NA
Displacement
3.5L/214 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
235 @ 6400 175 @ 6000
Engine Type
HO Gas V6 Gas I4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 32 (Est)
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 22 (Est)
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
4dr Sdn 4dr Sedan
Vehicle Name
Dodge Avenger Kia Optima
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
multi-link Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Independent
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

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