Compare 2010 Dodge Avenger vs 2010 Ford Fusion vs 2010 Kia Optima

2010 Dodge Avenger
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2010 Ford Fusion
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2010 Kia Optima
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4-Door Sedan Express
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Avenger 4-Door Sedan Express 21 30 $20,426 $21,230
Avenger 4-Door Sedan R/T 21 30 $20,886 $21,730
Avenger 4-Door Sedan SXT 21 30 $19,506 $20,230
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4-Door Sedan Hybrid FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Fusion 4-Door Sedan Hybrid FWD 41 36 $25,666 $27,950
Fusion 4-Door Sedan S FWD 22 31 $18,433 $19,695
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SE FWD 22 29 $19,613 $21,225
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SEL AWD 18 25 $25,813 $28,115
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SEL FWD 22 31 $22,700 $24,655
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SPORT AWD 17 24 $26,030 $28,355
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SPORT FWD 18 27 $24,364 $26,505
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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 $19,620 $20,995
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LX 22 32 $18,350 $19,195
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SX 22 32 $20,370 $21,795
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LX 22 32 $17,640 $17,995
Optima 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic EX 20 28 $20,560 $21,995
Optima 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SX 20 28 $21,300 $22,795
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,426
$25,666
$19,620
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,230
$27,950
$20,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$354 / month
$466 / month
$350 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
8.8
6.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2010 Dodge Avenger offers cool, chunky styling and innovative options; otherwise, it's several paces behind in the evolution of the mid-size sedan. If you seek proof that Detroit in general, and Ford in particular, can build a comfortable, high-quality, fine-driving, and hyper-efficient sedan that is more than competitive, look to the 2010 Ford Fusion. The 2010 Kia Optima doesn’t have the excitement of its newest small cars, the Soul and Forte, but it does have strong appeal based in practical attributes like interior space, comfort, and value for the money.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 41 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 36 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Mid-Size Sedan Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
53.2 54.0 54.5
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2 36.7 37.8
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 38.7 39.8
Second Hip Room (in)
53.2 53.3 54.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.4 57.4 57.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.5 99.8 104.2
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 37.8 38.0
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 56.5 56.3
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 42.3 43.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.8 61.3 61.1
Wheelbase (in)
108.9 107.4 107.1
Liftover Height (in)
30.7 - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.8 80.1 71.1
Track Width, Front (in)
61.8 61.7 61.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.2 - TBD - 6.3
Length, Overall (in)
190.9 190.6 189.0
Height, Overall (in)
58.9 56.9 58.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.4 11.8 15.0
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.5 x 1.0 - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x 0.4 - TBD - 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 17.5 16.4
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion w/electric variable assist Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.3 - TBD - 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.5 16.0 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.5 37.7 35.5
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R17 P225/50VR17 P205/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
TMP T7C NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60R17 P225/50VR17 P205/60R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
TMP T7C NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- TBD - 3720 3179
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 6.5 17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 6.5 17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.2 - TBD - 7.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas/Electric I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI Electronic Fuel Injection MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
166 @ 4400 136 @ 2250 169 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
ED3 993 NA
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.5L/152 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
173 @ 6000 156 @ 6000 175 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 39 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 36 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 41 22
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.57 NA 2.06
Trans Order Code
DFF 44H NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 - TBD - 3.31
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 NA 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Continuously variable ratio Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 - TBD - 3.79
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA 1.42
Trans Type
4 1 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA Sportmatic shifter
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.21 - TBD - 3.81
Summary
Body Style
4dr Sdn 4 Door Sedan 4dr Sedan
Vehicle Name
Dodge Avenger Ford Fusion Kia Optima
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent SLA Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.63 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson w/Stabilizer Bar MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.94 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Independent Multi-link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link w/Stabilizer Bar Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.8 4.8 7.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 10 -

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