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Compare 2012 Dodge Avenger vs 2012 Hyundai Sonata vs 2012 Kia Optima

2012 Dodge Avenger
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2012 Hyundai Sonata
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2012 Kia Optima
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Select style
4-Door Sedan R/T
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Avenger 4-Door Sedan R/T 19 29 $24,800 $25,995
Avenger 4-Door Sedan SE 21 30 $18,740 $18,995
Avenger 4-Door Sedan SE V6 21 30 $18,740 $18,995
Avenger 4-Door Sedan SXT 20 31 $20,660 $21,495
Avenger 4-Door Sedan SXT Plus 19 29 $22,960 $23,995
Select style
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited 22 34 $26,345 $28,195
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited w/Wine Int 22 34 $26,345 $28,195
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SE 22 34 $23,400 $24,745
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS 24 35 $19,916 $20,795
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS PZEV 24 35 $19,916 $20,795
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Hybrid 34 39 $24,434 $25,850
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited 24 35 $24,725 $26,445
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited PZEV 24 35 $24,725 $26,445
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited PZEV w/Wine Int 24 35 $24,725 $26,445
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited w/Wine Int 24 35 $24,725 $26,445
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic SE 24 35 $21,952 $23,195
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS 24 35 $18,971 $19,795
Select style
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX 22 34 $23,455 $25,100
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SX 22 34 $24,760 $26,500
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX 24 35 $21,675 $23,200
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Hybrid 34 39 $24,115 $25,800
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic LX 24 35 $20,065 $21,000
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX 24 35 $19,095 $19,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,800
$26,345
$23,455
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,995
$28,195
$25,100
Monthly Payment Estimate
$433 / month
$470 / month
$418 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.6
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
With a better interior and a better V-6, the 2012 Dodge Avenger has grown more interesting--but it execution, it still leaves a lot to be desired. After more than a decade on the market, the latest Hyundai Sonata's an overnight success--thanks to great gas mileage, grabby styling, and exceptional value for the dollar. The basics don't have to be boring: the 2012 Kia Optima evades design and driving boredom with suave looks, good performance and great gas mileage and features.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 22 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 34 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Large Cars Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 37.2 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.0 56.7 55.7
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 45.5 45.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
52.6 55.2 54.7
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2 34.6 34.7
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 38.2 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
52.8 54.9 54.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 57.9 57.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.2 103.8 102.2
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.2 5.5 5.3
Length, Overall (in)
192.6 189.8 190.7
Height, Overall (in)
58.4 57.9 57.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.7 62.5 62.8
Wheelbase (in)
108.9 110.0 110.0
Liftover Height (in)
30.5 - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.8 72.2 72.1
Track Width, Front (in)
61.7 62.5 62.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.5 16.4 15.4
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x 0.4 11.2 x 0.4 11.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted Pwr
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 11.8 x 1.1 12.6 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 18.5 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.7 35.8 35.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 2.94 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.7 14.5 - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/50R18 P225/45R18 P215/55R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact T125/80D16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
TQP NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50R18 P225/45R18 P215/55R17
Rear Tire Order Code
TQP NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3607 3452 3385
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.0 18 x 7.5 17 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.0 18 x 7.5 17 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.3 2.8 3.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 - TBD - 600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 110 110
Engine
Displacement
3.6L/220 2.0L/122 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
283 @ 6400 274 @ 6000 274 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas/Ethanol V6 Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
260 @ 4400 269 @ 1750-4500 269 @ 1750
Engine Order Code
ERB NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 22 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 26 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 34 34
Transmission
Trans Type
6 6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.21 3.39 3.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 2.83 2.83
Trans Order Code
DG2 NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.16 2.89 2.88
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.39 1.38
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.77 0.77
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.12 4.65 4.65
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.28 1.84 1.84
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Dodge Avenger Hyundai Sonata Kia Optima
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.94 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.59 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 6 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.3 7.1 7.1
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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