Comparing the Avenger's base four-cylinder model to others in its class, it lags far behind much of the competition because of its coarse, ever-present sound and lack of refinement.
In comparison, the new Malibu's four-cylinder is refined and quiet, as is the Altima's.
The Sonata and Optima offer a more comfortable, quiet ride and nice interiors that feel better, even if they aren't as exciting to look at as the Avenger's.
And the Fusion feels especially sporty and nimble compared to the 2008 Dodge Avenger; its interior has a basic design, but the materials are better.
Roominess is one area where the Avenger does pretty well; its backseat feels capacious and has enough headroom for adults, while the backseats in several of these vehicles--especially the Altima--can be tight.
At the six-cylinder level, the Avenger R/T brings a lot of features and a sporty feel for about the same money as more sedately equipped V-6 rival models.
It's perhaps the best value in the lineup, but even here, its inferior-feeling interior, lack of ride refinement, and perceived quality are grounds for dismissal.
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|2008 Dodge AvengerBrowse Used Listings||2009 Chevrolet MalibuBrowse Used Listings||2009 Ford FusionBrowse Used Listings||2009 Hyundai SonataBrowse Used Listings||2008 Kia OptimaBrowse Used Listings||2008 Nissan AltimaBrowse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas 4-Cyl||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|4-Door Sedan SE FWD *Ltd Avail*||4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS||4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LX||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4dr Sdn||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4dr Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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|2008 Dodge Avenger vs. 2009 Chevrolet Malibu||2008 Dodge Avenger vs. 2009 Ford Fusion||2008 Dodge Avenger vs. 2009 Hyundai Sonata||2008 Dodge Avenger vs. 2008 Kia Optima||2008 Dodge Avenger vs. 2008 Nissan Altima|