Compare 2011 Dodge Avenger vs 2011 Kia Optima

2011 Dodge Avenger
2011 Kia Optima
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4-Door Sedan Express
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Avenger 4-Door Sedan Express 21 30 $18,985 $19,245
Avenger 4-Door Sedan Heat 19 29 $20,527 $21,340
Avenger 4-Door Sedan Lux 20 31 $22,740 $23,745
Avenger 4-Door Sedan Mainstreet 20 31 $20,527 $21,340
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4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX 22 34 $23,080 $24,700
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SX 22 34 $24,480 $26,200
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX 24 34 $21,210 $22,700
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX Hybrid 34 39 $24,760 $26,500
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic LX 24 34 $19,780 $20,700
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX 24 35 $18,800 $19,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,985
$23,080
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,245
$24,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$321 / month
$412 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
A new V-6 and interior refresh makes the 2011 Dodge Avenger more intriguing, but in execution this mid-sizer still leaves a lot to be desired. Kia simply gets it; basic doesn't have to be boring, and the 2011 Kia Optima shows that mid-size sedan shoppers don't have to settle to design boredom or a lack of features.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 55.7
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 45.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.2 54.7
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2 34.7
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
53.2 54.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.4 57.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.5 102.2
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 37.6
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.9 57.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.8 62.8
Wheelbase (in)
108.9 110.0
Liftover Height (in)
30.7 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.8 72.1
Track Width, Front (in)
61.8 62.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.2 5.3
Length, Overall (in)
190.9 190.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.4 15.4
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x 0.4 11.2 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)
11.5 x 1.0 12.6 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.5 35.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.3 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
TR1 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/55R17 P215/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code
TR1 NA
Front Tire Size
P225/55R17 P215/50R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3243 3385
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 6.5 17 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 6.5 17 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.2 3.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 110
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
173 @ 6000 274 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
166 @ 4400 269 @ 1750
Engine Order Code
ED3 NA
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.0L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 34
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.21 3.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.57 2.83
Trans Order Code
DFF NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 2.88
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 1.38
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.77
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 4.65
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.84
Trans Type
4 6
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Dodge Avenger Kia Optima
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.8 7.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
--
Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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