2010 Dodge Avenger vs. Its Competition

2010 Dodge Avenger
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

With a sorely unrefined base four-cylinder engine and interior appointments that look and feel downright cheap, the 2010 Dodge Avenger lags behind most of the competition.

These rivals offer more refined, responsive four-cylinder powertrains.

The Sonata and Optima provide a more comfortable, hushed ride and nice interiors that feel better, even if they aren't as exciting to look at as the Avenger's.

Compared to the 2010 Dodge Avenger, the Ford Fusion feels especially sporty and nimble, and though its interior also has a basic design, the materials in the Ford are better—especially after a recent refresh.

Interior space is the Avenger's one undeniable strength; while the backseats in several of these vehicles—especially the Altima—can be tight, the Avenger has enough space for four adults, or five in a pinch.

At the six-cylinder level, the Avenger R/T brings a lot of features and a sporty feel but falls short of offering a strong value overall.

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Quick Specs
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.
The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way.
The 2009 Ford Fusion is a great choice for those who place their priorities on style and handling, but if interior space matters to you, look elsewhere.
TheCarConnection.com still rates the Honda Accord as the family-sedan champion, but the 2009 Hyundai Sonata lands solidly in the upstart tier that includes the Mazda6, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu.
The 2008 Kia Optima doesn't perform as well as other mid-size sedans, but its roomy package and generous features make it a strong practical choice.
The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
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Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
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4-Door Sedan SXT4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LX4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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4dr Sdn4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4dr Sedan4 Door Sedan
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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